Explore the most popular birding trails in Olympic National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

No snow, no ice. it almost felt like spring. some water on the trail, but nothing anyone can't manage.

Easy and beautiful. The trail was a little wet but nothing hazardous unless you’re climbing down to see the falls up close. The drive to the trail is a little iffy, only because there are so many huge potholes everywhere. Easy hike, will do again soon!

Nice variety of terrain, from tall covered forests to ledges and open crossings. Peak has great 360 views of Lake Chushman and Sound.

Incredible all around

Good workout!

Loved it!

Nice hike. Good if you want something that’s not too difficult. Winter so it wasn’t to busy but even still on our way back down we saw many people on their way up. Beautiful views of waterfalls and the lake is lovely. Only specs of snow at the moment.

Short beautiful hike!

hiking
15 days ago

Attempted to summit Dec 30th but turned around at the top of the chute. There had been heavy rains all the day before and the snow was very wet. We were a bit uneasy about crossing the stream in the chute when the snow was so wet and unstable. Would recommend bringing snowshoes and using a vehicle that doesn't have problems with snow or pot holes.

hiking
15 days ago

It has been a while since I did it,but I remember there were nice switch backs.The lake makes the hike worth it.

12/30 What a gorgeous hike! Just a little bit of snow near the lake but the trail is definitely wet. Bring waterproof shoes! There's so much to see on the way up. The restroom at the lake was locked but someone had broken into one of the stalls. I feel guilty for saying this, but Im really glad they did.

Short and slightly steep walk, worth it to see the falls.

Beautiful hike

My husband and I did this hike in July. It was perfect! The view was amazing. I do recommend doing this hike during the summer when it’s not so rainy so you get the perfect view.

Pretty hike! I’d love to come back and camp sometime. Some bugs, not too bad. Popular trail, parking fills up fast.

Hiked this one back in June of 2017. Snow on the trail. Road up was a little bumpy. Once you start hitting snow the trail can be difficult to find in spots. We used microspikes in June. It was sunny, and once we broke out of the treeline sunglasses definitely came in handy as the snow was blinding after awhile. We stopped at sort of a false summit where I succumbed to my fear of heights (and hunger). I will certainly be back now that I have more experience to try this bad boy again!

hiking
22 days ago

I have hiked this several times. Great little trail to bring kids on! My four year old mad it up this last summer with some hand-holding and assistance in narrow areas (we stayed up at the lookout and didn't descend to the falls). Last summer my 9 year old made it just fine and we did go down and dip our feet in on a hot day. Very pretty. Just don't be like me and fall in trying to get a photo....the water stays cold! (:
In the summer the lot can get full, but I've never had too much of an issue finding a place to park. Short, but sweet.

hiking
22 days ago

backpacking
30 days ago

spent the night no snow yet

The trail was clean, no snow but cold. Not very busy but the falls is gorgeous!

The road was fine. Some potholes, but manageable. Started at the lower trailhead. Four cars when I arrived at 11AM. Heavy overcast day with some fog. It was still a very nice and of course very challenging hike. Steep obviously. Trail through the forrest was in good shape. I like old growth. Snow on the trail on the way up. A bit slushy in parts. Used microspikes about 2/3 of the way up and to the top. Took the Summer route. Fair amount of snow on the ground during the main ascent. Maybe 5". Met two guys who had hiked up with skis but they were only able to do a short run at this time. A few dramatic cloudy views on the way up, but at the top it was heavily fogged in. I loved being there anyway. Great and tiring hike. I saw about 18 people over the course of the hike, but had some quiet time. I'll be back on a clear day, but I would recommend it even if it's not.

Very beautiful love it!! I will be climbing it again in the summer. I went two days ago made a video of my climb. You be the judge of this mountain. Here’s the link
https://youtu.be/e2Wf0KKeEmY

Hiked this on December 1, 2018. Beautiful hike and gradual incline leading up to a gorgeous view.

The hike now has snow on the upper half. Bring your mini crampons if you can. Also be prepared for a drastic change in temperature once you reach the top

This is a well maintained trail in a naturally beautiful area. It is a bit of a drive to get back into the lake, but very well worth the drive.

This is a trail I will do again.

Hiked Ellinor on 11-24-2018 and there is snow! it doesn't begin until about a mile in, but as you got higher it got deeper. I would definitely bring trekking poles, krampons and any extra pair of gloves. I've never hiked Ellinor in the summer, but with the snow it really didn't get too hard until the last half mile heading up to the summit, but once you're up there, it is magnificent!! we felt like we were on top of the world!

Great hike! Beautiful views at the top. I went 11-29-18 and there was virtually no snow, but you could see a lot of snow on the taller mountains. It took me 5 hr 20 min round trip with very little breaks/detours. I encourage going clockwise (left) when you reach the loop trail beginning, due to it being steeper that way and I feel it's easier going up steep terain, than down it.
A great challenging hike, but Wagonwheel Trail tougher ;)

Went at the end of November with a group. Would be slippery and more challenging in heavy rain, but today's light drizzle didn't cause any issues. We did have water running down the trail, so our shoes did get wet but not soaking wet. Beautiful trail, lightly traveled this time of year.

hiking
1 month ago

We started at the lower trail, figured it would be a nice warm up before starting the steeper stuff. Had to put on the spikes before the lower and upper trails merge as the trail is packed ice and snow. Beautiful weather in the early morning, and great views of Lake Cushman when you break out past the timberline. We climbed the steep sections, which have about 2.5 feet of snow, but there are paths thru it -very icy and packed so be careful. A storm front was fast approaching and when we got to the summit we were greeted with freezing rain, strong winds and dark clouds coming in quickly. We did not linger, nor did we continue to loop the last bit of trail section, ( is it used in the winter?) we went back the way we'd come. We encountered about 20 other people during the course of the day. No goats to be seen today. Very pretty, will go again and hopefully get some nice weather to enjoy the summit views. Vlog of our day showing the hike if your interested: https://youtu.be/yVLkhDbZp6w

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