Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

hiking
11 hours ago

Last 9 miles before trailhead is all gravel with potholes. My sedan made it up fine but had to drive pretty slow. Hike was difficult with poles being a must. No snow seen. Gorgeous views. Could not stay at the top as we stumbled upon a herd of mountain goats that popped up from the side of the mountain and started to quickly follow us down the trail. Other reviews stated they were friendly but to me they did not seem so as they were hot on our trail. Please be cautious and turn back if there are goats in your path! Views are amazing though!

Easy trail to access. It’s also very well maintained!

Hiked yesterday. 650ft incline per mile. Seemed steeper. Tough hike but short. Bring poles for the way down if you have tired knees. Amazing views all the way. Saw 4 mountain goats.

Awesome steep hike! 20.6 lbs pack . Gorgeous day. Hard but the view at top is so worth it. 6 hours 33 minutes & 10 seconds.

trail running
2 days ago

Unbelievable hike this morning. On the trail at 630 a.m and sitting on top to watch the sunrise. The weather was perfect for fall, especially, at the summit. Very intense hike. I never give in.

Short, but beautiful hike. Unlike many hikes in the PNW, stunning views for much of the way if clear weather.

Amazing views all around, you could see Mt. Olympus, Rainer, Adams and St. Helens! I'll definitely be going back. Bring trekking poles if you have weak knees.

Had a great hike on the upper trail, which is for sure, difficult, especially after the snow fell the evening before. Wear appropriate footwear and dress for conditions. The ascent is testing so do lots of sauntering to prepare. You will love it! The 360 view is real nice.

This being the first leg of our 4 day journey, starting October 12th and ending on October 15th.
The trail was smooth travel on a well maintained path. There was a fork a few miles in, but someone was kind enough to place branches across the wrong path. we could not find a sign for 5 mile camp, but saw many possible campsites.

As of 10/10/18 the road is open. Trail is in great shape. Wonderful fall hike.

This trail is shoots and ladders getting up. Starts out pretty mild but then the rest of the trip up to Lake of the Angels is a steep trek. Definitely recommend poles if you have them. The views were incredible and was a perfect fall hike. Worth every drop of sweat. Would have been great to camp out near the lake so we could have done a little more exploring around the peeks, but left for another time. We were able to do this as a day hike, but would make a perfect one night stay. Getting down was kinda rough, but it’s nice that it mellows out in the end.

First time on the trail. Started at the lower portion to get the full experience @ 7:00am. Lower is a breeze. 2 miles of casually walking through the forest with the occasional incline and switch back. After you hit the sign pointing to the upper parking lot things begin to pick up. The trail become gradually steeper. When you finally get out the forest the trail begins to turn into the mountain side and you are above the clouds by now and the view is Breathtaking ( if not covered by clouds or fog). The hike to the peak was hard only because there was a good amount of snow covering the trail. Because of the snow the trail was a lot more slick and not treaded on since we were the second group on the trail that morning. Total it took us about 3 hours to the top and 2 down. The trek down was tough (around 11:00am) since there were many people on the trail. There was ALOT of people heading up when we were heading down. GO EARLY! It will be worth it. Nothing is worse than standing in line during a hike. If you take the upper trailhead you will be saving a lot of time. Probably wont do the lower trailhead again. Not much of a challenge. DRESS WARM (THERE IS SNOW UP THERE). The last section of the trail is very steep! Be prepared to a hike with much variety and levels on intensity. IF YOUR BOOTS ARENT WATERPROOF THEY WILL GET SOAKED

15 days ago

I have hiked this Mt a couple times this summer and love it! it's a good workout for sure and should probably be rated hard.
There is the seasons first snow on the ground once you get out the trees and start climbing the rocks. also it was a windy rainy day up there once you got out of the trees.

Great hike! This trail gets extremely busy. If you want to enjoy the views and hike, leave early. We have done this trail twice.
The first was 9/29/18 with my husband and 3 year old. We started around 930am. We reached the summit around 12, and were back to the parking lot around 2pm. The summit was super crowded but enjoyable. No snow to be found.
Our second outing was 10/6/18. We left the parking lot at 830 with only 4 cars in the lot. This was an adults only trek this time. We hit snow at the start of the boulders. Trail was extremely slippery but easy to follow. Wear appropriate footwear and take poles. Summit was beautiful and quiet without the crowd. Descent was sloppy with melt but manageable. We were back to the overflowing lot by 1pm with a slow and steady pace.
The only issue we ran into on descent was all the unleashed dogs! We had our Vizsla along leashed and had to constantly fend off unleashed dogs that were left to wander on their own and shove past people on the narrow trail. If you take your pup please be considerate of other hikers and dogs. Not all dogs wish to meet yours.

That’s a workout! I started at big creek campground. It was 3.5 hours to the summit moving as fast as I could. This trail is very technical with large boulders as you near the top. Steep! Definitely a hard hike but beautiful! Worth the effort!

Steep but well-maintained trail. Well worth the effort. Quite impressive.

I would recommend starting at the high trail head because trucking through the lower part of the forest for 2 miles with switchbacks wasn’t really exciting and there isn’t much of a view. There’s a rocky climb to the summit and it’s fairly steep towards the top. The views at the top are beautiful, but I gave it 4 stars because I wouldn’t do it again.

This was one of the most beautiful hikes my husband and I have done. Bring your hiking poles and plenty of water.

Spectacular views, a little challenging at times. Got blessed with a clear day, absolutely beautiful. No water on trail so bring plenty, loose gravel and rock at times. Look for pieces of logs as steps if you think you’re veering from the trail at all.

Stunning. If you go on a clear day you'll have views of the cascade giants (Baker, Rainier etc.) on one side and obviously the Olympics on the other. We started from the lower trail head and it clocked in around 7 miles with ~4,500 ft climbed on my watch. The final push to the summit is completely exposed and very steep, there are stairs for a good bit of it but then turns into a bit of a rocky scramble. We had our dog with us who was able to maneuver the rocks just fine. It was one of the most challenging hikes but we've done out here (and we hike every weekend) but well worth the effort!

walking
27 days ago

I gave this 5 stars because of the waterfalls!! With the rain we’ve had the falls were really flowing. I’ve only lived here for 4 months and this very short walk (3-4 minutes) to the falls exposed the most beautiful falls I’ve seen so far. It wasn’t the hike through the Forrest like Sol Duc or Marymere, but the falls are spectacular for a falls just off the road side.

There's plenty of parking, a pit toilet at the trailhead, and the trail is only about 8 miles total if you start from the upper trailhead. The trail itself is incredibly well maintained and well marked and the views from the ridge were well worth the miles of switchbacks!

Great trip even in the rain. The trees provided good cover. I chose this hike because it was recommended as a good “rain shadow” hike. I only wish the summit hadn’t been so cloudy.

extremely challenging but we'll worth it! we started from the upper trailhead which cut about 2 miles from the trip. Although pets are allowed, we noticed many owners carrying their dogs back down (including ourselves). Many parts of extreme steepness and loose rocks. We would absolutely do this hike again, but next time, we will leave our sheltie home.

Great hike! Switch backs for a good bit in the beginning then lots of climbing over rocks. Be sure to wear good shoes with ankle support. Great views of lake Cushman at the top and on a clear day you can see Rainier. I brought my pup along with me. Be sure to keep them on leashes, I encountered some people who let their dogs run without leashes who came up and startled us (my dog is dog aggressive and gets very nervous around unfamiliar dogs) But luckily he did alright. Just keep in mind, even if your dog is great with other dogs that’s not the case for everyone.

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.

Steeeep. 2 miles in two hours and we're in shape.

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

Beautiful even in bad weather

trail running
1 month ago

Had a great morning hike/jog on this trail today.. maybe saw six other people total and one happy puppy. Extremely easy to follow and directions made it simple. Nice hike and not overly challenging

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