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

It was fun but big fallen trees made it hard for a short person. Very challenging but lots of beautiful views.

backpacking
blowdown
muddy
1 day ago

Memorial Day Weekend at Enchanted Valley was unforgettable. This is the most lush place I’ve backpacked in WA. Beautiful terrain, historic landmarks, fantastic fauna, colorful flora, & diverse fungi. It’s a rainforest, so come prepared. 3 days was nice, but I’ll be back for longer trips. Trail conditions were above par, and bear canisters are required. Big thanks to the rangers for being extra prepared during the busy weekend. Wish that chalet was still in use.

hiking
1 day ago

It’s an easy and leisurely walk! Very peaceful along the beach. Just make sure you check the tide charts before you go, otherwise you can’t see the hole-in-the-wall. When I went it was quite early in the morning and the weather was pretty gloomy and foggy. But don’t be discouraged if you don’t see any blue skies! The fog actually lends a nice air of mystery to the area. I think it’s an enjoyable hike regardless of the weather!

Started out as a great hike but we turned around after a mama bear and her 2 cubs decided to hang out on the trail

hiking
washed out
2 days ago

After driving four hours to access this trail, we were not able to reach the trailhead because the road was closed. Not a big deal; I was willing to take an alternate route and do another hike nearby. That’s not why am giving this one star. We were stopped by a trail Nazi who informed me that dogs aren’t allowed on the trails. She was nice about it, and just doing her job. But seriously? How do you restrict dogs from hiking trails? That’s just ridiculous.

hiking
bridge out
2 days ago

Beautiful tall trees! Lots of parking and easy trail and Water Falls at the end. We took our 2.5 year old twins boys! Little bridges to go over and with puddles or a creek running under it. Nice and peaceful

So, for whatever reason , I confused the Lake Angeles and Switchback trails... whatever. They both go to lake Angeles;)

Great exercise throughout, and gorgeous views. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Baker across the water, once you get to the top. There was still some snow near the top, in early June. Good sun protection is a must on a sunny day, as many parts of the trail are not shaded, especially along the latter part of the hike. The trailhead is located about 12 miles up from the Park entrance, before the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike with gorgeous views of the lake at the finish. The trail was in good shape, nice steady climb up to the lake and no blow downs across.

The All Trails map is accurate until the way trail. The way trail is different than what appears on the All Trails map but it is a very clear trail. Leaving the Upper Gray Wolf Trail, you immediately come across a little meadow. Go to the top of that and you will see the trail. It follows the right side of the creek. Just continue on the trail. Total distance from the Deer Park trailhead to the lake is 12 miles

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
2 days ago

Very hard hike but worth the reward. Definitely dont recommend as a day hike. The first lake is beautiful but didnt make it to the second two. Bring bug spray! lots of mosquitoes at the lake. Will definitely come back.

hiking
scramble
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

This trail has a beautiful waterfall and crystal turquoise lake, but holy moly getting back up the trail is the absolute worst. I think the views are beautiful but also can be seen elsewhere in the park. I can’t stress how hard that climb back up was.

So I was only able to hike about a mile and a half and the views were still amazing. The road is open and totally driveable without 4 wheel drive. However we couldn’t hike the whole or even most of the trail because there is still significant amount of snow. As soon as I got to the stairs to descent it was just covered and got too risky without having crampons and snow gear. The ranger also said not to even bother with badger valley unless you have an ice pick and crampons as the ridges are all snowed in. I think this will be a worthy hike mid July, but right now just isn’t passable with basic gear.

Easy hike, very lush with lots of ferns and mosses. Very little elevation gain. Worth doing as part of the loop drive around the lake.

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail very easy hike. I recommend crossing the fence and going down to the falls. Can get to the top just right of the bench very steep but worth it.

hiking
5 days ago

Loved it!!! We made it Elk Lake and if you veer off the trail about 40-50 feet in toward the lake; the view is magnificent. The greenery and overgrowth of the plants/trees before ascending to Elk Lake/Blue Glacier (around mile 12) is something out of this world. I would say the first 12 miles or so is welcoming to all ages/levels. Highly recommend.

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

I prefer this falls to Marymere falls AND is a stroll vs hike.

It’s not called enchanted valley for nothin!!

Fantastic views of Olympic park mountain range. There was a bit of snow to get thru on hill. Hike up at “Trail” sign (go left) is a bit of a climb. Poles were helpful. Don’t think you are going to climb Mt Angeles.

Is and will always be the GOAT. You get a little bit of everything, including sometimes nasty weather, but when you catch a sunny day there is no place in the world I’d rather be. Got that perfect weather this weekend 6/7-6/9 and had a fantastic couple days. Wildlife was in full display, dozen different eagles, deer, raccoon, tons of seals. Starfish are also looking more plentiful after quite a few lean years.

Very easy mostly shaded trail! There are some stairs, so make sure you are prepared for that!

on Staircase Rapids Loop

hiking
7 days ago

Great easy hike! My 6 year old and 2 year old completed this no problem! Pretty views along the way of the river. We even saw a herd of elk only a couple yards off of the trail.

it was awsome will do this trail more

hiking
7 days ago

beautiful and strenuous as always. massive cloud cover at the top with no visibility. will have to return on a clear day.

Fun walk with informative plaques throughout the trail. It is $30 to get in the park though

For the views you get you really don’t have to work that hard. Hard hike views for easy to moderate hiking.

Spectacular view! Trail was under repair Jen, Jeff, Liam, and Casey

Took about 2 hours with my 6 month Berner puppy. If you go to the left at the beginning, you’re in for a slightly steeper hike than if you did the loop counter clockwise. Barely any other hikers on a beautiful Sunday. Lots of benches to stop and sit down. Bathrooms available in the parking lot.

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