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Came here on 09/08 a little later in the afternoon. The sun was out as we started our drive up but was getting cloudy as we approached the top. As a result we didn’t get to see the Mountain View’s as the visibility was very low. Also the Hurricane Hill trail was closed which was a surprise and a bummer since when we paid to get in at the beginning of this road they mentioned Hoh Rainforest being closed but not this (Why bring up a closure on the other side of the park but not the one we are headed to??). There was a short .5 loop hike we did on a ridge that begins at the start of the right side of the parking lot called High Ridge Trail. It was nice but started to get slippery and windy and cold by the time we finished. We should have tried to go the next morning as it seemed a bit clearer from Port Angeles but that’s a long drive both ways and it didn’t seem worth it with no guarantee of sunshine/visibility. Moral of the story make sure you check on trail closures and don’t attempt this if the weather isn’t great. Will be much better off in a lower elevation hike where visibility isn’t an issue like in the clouds. Maybe again some day we will get to see it all.

Incredible day on Mt Ellinore. Started out from the lower trailhead around 1:40 p.m. made it to the top by 3:00 p.m. had a snack and headed back down and in the truck by 4:20. I could see Mt. Rainier, Hood Canal and most of the Olympics. I lucked out with beautiful weather. Yes, this is a tough climb and I loved every minute of it.

This is a good hike. An ass kicker on the way up but it’s broken up with several great views on the river and waterfalls. Opens up into a valley and campground near the top. We didn’t summit because it was really foggy but I would recommend it on a clear day! Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists!

Cloudy day, so we missed the great views at the top.

Beautiful even in bad weather

So beautiful... tons of hikes and camping. This is a must see!!!

THIS IS CLOSED - NOT ACCESSIBLE AS OF SEPTEMBER 11. The road to the trailhead is closed until October 5 apparently - the road closes about 5 miles from the trailhead (I recommend driving the open part anyway, as it’s beautiful), so maybe you’d be able to walk if you were super keen... but I wasn’t that keen hahaha

9/9/18 Hiked up to the camp with no trail issues. Keep an eye on the weather report and everything else is clear to go.
Rough hike to do in one day. Very rewarding.
Easy to get to and well maintained.

Lots of people today on a holiday weekend. (This was Aug. 31st) Saw many deer, marmots, and chipmunks. Easy walk. Wide and flat trail. Had to Parking Lot A as Lot B was full. Work still closes the lot nearest the TH.

One of the prettiest beaches in the state.

We didn't finish the loop but we did go about 6.5 miles up (to the highest point) the way of Deer Lake, and then back. Sol Duc Falls and the Deer Lake wilderness were nice but once you're in the Apline Meadows and higher, the views get really good.

Deservingly the #1 trail of the park. The drive up to Hurricane Ridge is gorgeous in itself but this trail takes things to a whole other level. You walk along a mountain ridge that has stunning snowcapped mountains on one side and a cloudy forest on the other. And the views just keep getting better as you climb up. The smokey clouds around you give it an otherworldly feeling.

We only made it to Deer Lake this time as the rain was just too much for us at the end of camping for a week. We are for sure headed back because it was such a beautiful hike. The walk to Deer Lake wasn't hard either with the packs. We tried fishing there, didn't catch anything but again the weather wasn't the best for this activity.
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hiking
10 days ago

Steep hike thats all up hill. Good challenge/workout and amazing view at the top. One of my favorites. Check it out!

Cool but casual hike. Nice view even when smokey.

Steep tough climb to the top, but the view at the end makes the entire trip worth it!! Also saw some goats along the way.

Very popular trail. Go in the morning to beat the crowd and the heat! There is no water on this trail, so bring plenty. Trust me, you'll drink it. The push to the top is worth it with the reward of a stunning view and lots of mountain goats :) Also, the snow is gone if you are wondering like I was. Small patches for my dog to roll around in to cool off...

We hiked the Seven Lakes Basin in late August. We were assigned to Sol Duc Park for the first night, and Lunch Lake for nights 2 and 3, meaning we hiked the loop in the clockwise direction.

We started out in fair spirits with a light rain and fog, not knowing that this would be our backpack trip of equipment failure. My hiking partner's boots, boots of 20 years, decided to retire, which resulted in large blisters within the first few miles of the hike. After limping into Sol Duc, we discovered that the tent that we had been using on many previous trips had sprung a leak. Our spirits were slightly dampened at this point, but fortunately hiking partner of mine had decided to throw a pair of hiking shoes in her backpack as we were leaving the parking lot. Luckily, the drizzle remained fine, and in the morning, relatively dry still, we decided to press on, with old hiking boots slung on the back of the pack, and hiking shoes on feet. No bugs.

We hiked for a few hours, through thick fog, and saw virtually…. NOTHING! Hiked the High Divide and saw only what was in a few yards of us. More fog, and a few rocks. No bugs even. Every once in a while the fog would lift slightly and tease us with a tiny glimpse of what we thought might be a lake. Descended into the Seven Lakes Basin and could only see the rim of Lunch Lake as we walked along. Slightly disheartened, we found a relatively sheltered spot at Lunch Lake to help with "old leaky" the tent. Damp and miserable by evening (but still warm enough, thankfully) we decided that if things didn't look up the next day we would forgo our third night and hike out in the morning.

Woke up on the third morning at 6:30 and……HALLELUJAH!…..there were the clearest skies that we had seen in days, there was the whole of Lunch Lake, and miles of basin, crystal clear, with the sun coming up over the edge of the bowl. No way were we going home now! On this day, we decided to hike through the basin (only light day packs on our back), seeing up close many of the beautiful basin lakes that had been invisible the day before. Then we hiked out of the bowl and back up to the High Divide where we were able to see the miles of emerald basin lakes on one side of the Divide and Mt Olympus, with it’s stunning glaciers, on the other side. On the same day we also saw 4 bear, in and around the basin, or 1 bear 4 times :). We decided at one sighting that we would sing to make sure it was aware of our presence. The bear only looked up slightly to have a glance at the “crazies” passing by, while continuing to munch on the blueberries that thickly cover the slopes of the basin.

The fog and rain, followed by the sun, had made this day so sweet, that it was one of the top ten days of my life.

Sadly, we had to hike out the next day. Our tent was dry by this point, and the blisters covered with moleskin. We will be heading to buy new equipment before our next adventure.

Kudos to the Rangers and Olympic Park Staff who love this place, and put so much heart into its maintenance and preservation. It’s in my heart now too.

Great views - but almost didn't take this hike after arriving at the Hurricane Hill visitor center and feeling the cold, blowing wind there (hence the name). But after getting to the trailhead I found the trail wasn't as windy.
Best part, aside of the great view, was seeing a bear take a dip in the pond on the northside valley while we were on top of Hurricane Hill. Cool to see - glad it was way down in the pond to be admired from a safe distance. Dozens of other people were on this trial - it's a busy place.

hiking
12 days ago

one of the hardest hikes i’ve done but well worth the view. slow and steady and the ropes are much more difficult going down then up!

I came back nearly a month later and was able to summit. My last trip I fell short just at the lookout. This time I made the entire trip. There wasn't any snow fields to cross which turned out to be an absolute better alternative to hop boulders. Once you're through the boulder field, you'll hook around the mountain in which the Lookout is on top of and you'll instantly be mortified of how much more you have to traverse to make it up. Never fear, the last climb goes fast and it's not as hard as it looks. Good luck!

Added a jaunt to Appleton Pass and Hoh Lake for a mutliday trip. There were a few bear roaming around the Hoh Lake basin but they just chowed down on the blueberries and did not seem to care about us. Most impressive stretch is the High Divide ridge line. Definitely a popular hike and trail runner route.

Just perfect. Beautiful views most of the way along the trail. The views from the lake and lookout are one of a kind-you can see most of the Cascades from Rainier to Baker. Perfectly ripe berries all along the way were the icing on the cake. It is certainly a lot of work though-the way down seems especially steep on the legs.

Hiked on 9/27/2018

Lovely stroll on the beach. Do yourself a favor and plan to hike/walk this trail on a low tide during the afternoon. If you do this you'll have a pleasant fine pebble beach to walk on and plenty to see if the fog burns off.

Best of the best. Spectacular hike. At this time of year it seems to be better to summit in the am, in order to catch the views.

While the views of the Olympic mountains and the ease of the hike were beautiful, we found this trail to be very crowded. We’d do it again regardless! We saw marmots, grouse and chipmunks. We also got to see a few black tail deer very close up. The signs warn you to stay 50 ft away, but the deer had other ideas and weren’t afraid of us at all, approaching us on the trail. We tried hard to follow the rules but without getting far off the trail wasn’t quite possible.

The hike was easy for the most part. The hike to the peak is a little more challenging, but easily done with two young teens setting a quick pace. We found the path easy to follow and easy to pass others.

Pretty neat hike. Best views are between deer lake and heart lake.

hiking
17 days ago

Kicked my ass but totally worth it for the amazing view. It’s steep switchbacks the entire way up, and then for the last leg you have to use ropes to get to the top, but absolutely worth it for the incredible view of Lake Crescent and a great option away from all of the crowds

hiking
17 days ago

This was the first hike while living on the peninsula, that challenged my body in every way. A friend and I, both moms, set out to conquer this hike, and overcome fears.
When we got to the sign that reads “end of maintained trail”., we decided to go on, and keep going.
I didn’t trust my shoes, so I took my shoes off and went barefooted.
There were about 6 rope sections, which I loved.
We went to the right instead of the left, after we finished with the ropes, and perched for a bit.
We had the entire place to ourselves.
We started the trail before the sun rose, which made that view special and spectacular.
I wasn’t sure if I was ready to rock climb to the 360 view, and neither was my friend, so we didn’t attempt out of safety concerns.
The descent was more fun than the ascent when it came to the ropes.
I just, slid down on my tush most of the way and kept tension on the ropes using my left hand.
Overall, this experience was the most challenging, but liberating I’ve ever felt, and that speaks volumes from a chick who charges big waves.

If you go, have fun!

The views are incredible, the hike is challenging, use good form and posture, and claim victory when you make it to either summit!

Started our journey at the lower Ellinor trailhead which added 1.9 miles to our hike. It starts out with a nice incline through the trees with a nice clear trail. Once you get to where the lower and upper trailhead meet, you start heading up switchbacks which get steeper the more you climb and more rocky and root filled with each one. Then it breaks out of the trees and it’s a steep (I mean steep!) climb up the mountain with a trail that is rocky and narrow at times. Near the top you will have to scramble up huge boulders with a hint of a trail as you climb. Once you get through that you follow the trail still another 20 minutes or so to reach the summit. Brutal incline and trail at times. I’m glad I didn’t know how hard it was going to be or I wouldn’t have tried it. It was a cloudy overcast day so we didn’t get to see all the views the summit had to offer but saw mountain goats and chipmunks so that was worth the climb. Coming down was just as daunting due to loose rocks and climbing down using my hands. Hard on the legs as well due to the steep nature of headed down. This trail will test you especially if you aren’t in amazing shape. Kids, dogs and older people were seen on the trail as well so it’s doable just take your time if you aren’t in the best shape. Will be back on a clearer day to see more! Clocked in 8.6 miles starting at the lower trail and over 20,000 steps with 250 flights of stairs per my phone app.

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