janeth g. on Guillemot Cove Trail
It was a nice easy hike to get down to the Cove. Thought it was a bit short so I also did the river loop trail as well as the plateau loop trail.
I enjoyed seeing the hidden gem, the stump house and the Hood Canal.
Don't pay attention to my map drawing. The trail is an uphill 1500+ ft ( 1.6 mile to the top, 3.2 total) climb through forest. No real photo ops , but deer are plenty. The trail is well defined, but little sign of any usage. It is a good trail for keeping in shape. It ends when it reconnects to FS 2421. The TH is at 47.58322, -123.312116.
Directions are from US 101N, go west on FS 25 (N Hamma Hamma Rd)/ at 6.5 miles go left on FS 2480, cross the Hamma Hamma River/ about .2 miles go right on FS 2421. This road is rocky, steep and rough. When you get to Elk Lake TH # 805, keep going until you get to the TH on the right (past this point the road is severely washed out. There is limited parking just before the TH.
well maintained for the most part. watch out for thorny bushes at the start. single file and a bit challenging with a 1 year old in a back carry, but doable. Beautiful pay off at the water! Steep climb on the way back. I'd put this at moderate difficulty. Though the cove is great, wear shoes for trail hiking.
Dominique L. on Guillemot Cove Trail
Really fun hike with my family. We saw deer, slugs and birds. There are different trails to explore. The kids loved playing in the stump house and walking the beach.
Great for kids 3+ age preferred. Good terrain enough to feel like a hike but easy for children. Multiple ways down to the beach and back. On a nice day it is very pretty forest feel. My advice to go during low tide so must look up tide time where you can walk into the beach area during low tide. No bathrooms. Insects and small forest snakes and slugs are present within forest but nothing to worry. Overall, my family really enjoyed this hike...hope you experience it yourself and like it as well...
Karly B. on Guillemot Cove Trail
really pretty trail