We’ve done this hike in the past and it was amazing. We decided to go again this year and wanted to warn others that there are a lot of blowdowns starting around mile 4 and up to Pyrites. Approximately 15, maybe more. Some are easy go-arounds, while others were more challenging. Needless to say, they slowed us down quite a bit. So just be aware and plan accordingly. It’s beautiful and wild. Have fun!

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bugs
over grown
16 hours ago

We camped at big log camp and hiked this trail over three days and it was fun. Lot of bugs, carry bug spray

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bridge out
1 day ago

Great trail! Short bypass at the start where the road has washed out and then on the road for most of the hike to the original trailhead. Then about 2.4 miles to the Olympic hot springs and/or Boulder creek campground. Stayed 2 nights at the campground and loved the hot springs. Our favorite spring was off to the left (downhill) when on the hot spring path after the log bridge. Ranger station is closed at this time, not sure if due to COVID or the bridge issue. Would have been nice to ride a bike in/out but certainly doable on foot!

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blowdown
rocky
1 day ago

Camped at one of the fairly primitive sites among one of the arguably most beautiful lakes I’ve had the pleasure of hiking to. Previous reviews are spot on. Difficult. Bring extra water or a filter for the way up. Watch out for human excrement. Who literally poops on the trail and leaves toilet paper scattered about? I hope you read this review—your $hit gets 0 stars. Would not recommend. The trip to Constance however, is highly recommend assuming proper fitness, water, attire, weather, and $hit dodging skills. (On the trail...really? Who does that? We lacked the $hit dodging skills, so deep cleaning the pack, boots, etc. Shame on us for our ability to unwittingly spread from boot to gear though. Something we will work on for future endeavors)

Trails are open, mix of forest, marshland, and beach, with most of the forest hiking on a boardwalk. The beach walk is the real workout.

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fee
muddy
over grown
1 day ago

Great trail, little overgrown. This trail is clearly marked with signs all along the trail. We made the loop starting from the left going CW. 14.5 miles by the time we were done exploring.

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fee
rocky
2 days ago

July 3rd 2020 We hiked to Enchanted Valley and spent the night there. After "fire Creek" the trail gets a little challenging only because of downed trees, but trails around the blown down trees are clearly made. Three campgrounds to choose from along the way, check out the national park page to get a permit. You need a permit, there are rangers. You will also need a bear canister (the rangers check). Really an easier hike for backpacking and well worth the hike out to Enchanted Valley.

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great!
2 days ago

backpacking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

One of my favorite backpacking trips to date, very unique and fun!! Completed August 2018 on an easy 3 night backpack trip. Started too late on my first day and had to stop an wait for low tide past third beach before the first overland section. Spent the first night on the beach between Strawberry point and Toltec point, plenty of camp spots, fair amount of people. 2nd night camped above Mosquito creek, plenty of camp spots. Day hiked to just before oil city and back. Best water sources were just past Toltec and mosquito creek. A few stream crossings also had ample water. Make sure you have a tide chart or app, you need to plan when you hike according to high and low tides. Make sure and fill out a trip permit at the trailhead and be aware you’re also required to use a bear canister which you can rent from the NPS. Overall this doesn’t have a lot of elevation change, but you will be scrambling up muddy trails using ropes on the overland sections which can be very strenuous.

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muddy
3 days ago

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bugs
muddy
over grown
3 days ago

Really fun attempt, but you definitely have to know what you’re doing. The stretch on the road was a nice warm up walk to get the trailhead - which, if you don’t pay attention you may walk past. The trail itself is pretty full of fallen trees and can be difficult, but not impossible, to follow. We went on an overcast day and ended up getting rained on. So with about 1200 ft/ 1 mile to go to the lake we turned around. We were soaked from the rain for 3 hours and climbing down wet fallen trees and rocks was very perilous after already hiking 8 miles uphill. Still a fun day, ended up clocking over 15 miles still because we took a wrong turn and were wandering around an old campground on accident. Would definitely like to try again on a sunny day, and make it to the lake!

Very very steep. Make sure your in shape for the climb and decent. Great relaxing spot for lunch at the lake on top.

Went to Moose Lake via Lillian Ridge and was pleased with the overall experience. The trail was in great shape. Had to go over some snowfields but it was fine with hiking pole and boots. Beautiful view of the interior of the Olympic Mountains. Will do the loop next time which is part of this trail system. The forest service did a great job with the rocky areas making it decent. This is a moderate to above moderate trail in my opinion. I didn’t see a post for Moose Lake on your site and would appreciate if you included that hike. I am going to buy the pro version so I can be more certain about my options while on the trail. If I had we would have hiked back on the route provided in this hike listing.

Spectacular is too light of a word for this area at this time. The weather was great, the trail was fine, and the wildflowers -- especially on Constance Pass and the ridge of Tubal Cain Mine trail right by Marmot Pass -- were amazing! There was a little snow on the Tubal Cain Mine trail and a little on the Constance Pass hike, but both were quite passable and melting quick. I never felt the need for microspikes. I also thought the road was just fine. Yeah, there's definitely some potholes, but for a forest service road I thought it was actually pretty good. Compared to some of the other roads on in the Olympics, like the one to Mt. Ellinor, this thing was a race track.

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bugs
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Trail is in good condition, the lake is gorgeous, and going the extra half mile to the top of Cub Peak is worth the view! But...wow that was about the steepest trail I’ve done. Definitely earned its expert rating. If you head up to the top the trail takes you to a false summit within short range of the real thing. The last bit is a good amount of scrambling over some sharp rocks with a few sketchy spots. The views at the first summit are plenty good enough unless you’re up for a challenging (and scary) final climb!

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