Explore the most popular Lake 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.

hiking
1 day 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 with some interesting signage. Enjoyed the portion along the gorge.

hiking
2 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
2 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
muddy
scramble
snow
3 days ago

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

on Staircase Rapids Loop

hiking
5 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.

hiking
5 days ago

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

Hike was decent but the best part is the Devil’s Punchbowl! Go left on the trail instead of through the tunnel and you can jump of the bridge and swim in crystal clear water! Even though it was very cold we had a blast and stayed just at that part for almost an hour!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
6 days ago

The hike itself was beautiful, but the lake itself was chilly and cloudy. Watch out because it gets wet and slippery

hiking
scramble
6 days ago

Awesome trail! Super steep in places. Need to be very focused when hiking past the maintained trail. Would recommend doing at non peak hours since there are a few bottleneck spots. View is COMPLETELY worth it. Absolutely stunning

Pretty hike. Nice falls. Good as a quick, easy outing.

Fantastic hike through all kinds of landscapes: forest, meadow, sub-alpine, and alpine. I started at the visitor center parking lot and stopped about a 1/2 mile past the junction with Heather Park trail due to excessive snow fields. After the first 3/4 of a mile from the visitor center lot, (when there aren’t fog or clouds) is one of the best “bang for the buck” hikes I’ve taken. Panoramic views of the Olympics to the South and the Sound to the North. Also, stunning views when you get to the junction with Heather Park trail, but that’s when the fog rolled in. So, I’m sure I didn’t even see the best of it. Trail is in good condition for the most part, but there is one 1/4 mile stretch about a mile from the visitor center trailhead that still has substantial snow. Crossing was ok with boot stomping and poles, but finding the switchback trail that descends to the valley was somewhat challenging. Should be better soon.

walking
6 days ago

It is a beautiful trail and nice area to spend time in. For me, it was way too crowded today. The trail narrows in some points causing you to feel like you are all bunched up with people right in front and right behind you. The viewing area to see the falls isn't super big either so it felt a little like a human assembly line where I wait for my turn to see, look and then move for the next person. I will plan my next trip here in the winter because it truly is a beautiful place!

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

This was a great day hike, you can go as far as you like depending on your time & stamina, but I highly recommend going at least 2.5 miles in to get the best views. Also when you get to the train tunnel, opt to go around to the left on the trail, instead of through, you get AMAZING views!

hiking
muddy
off trail
scramble
snow
7 days ago

Easy and beautiful

hiking
rocky
7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful hike. Very tough grade, but great payoff in terms of views. Trail was generally in good shape but quite a bit of roots and rocks. Be sure to get good footing coming down. Note that the end of the maintained trail (which is signed at the top), is not the end of the All Trails trail. There is still a bit of distance and elevation gain if you want to reach the very top. However, the trail gets much sketchier and you need to use ropes that have beef installed there to aid the ascent. I was only comfortable going part way.

Awesome hike! Really wish there less clouds out; around every corner there were great views. There are a couple pretty "use caution" scrambles. Once you get to the lake of lost prophet, there's a bunch of mud. Snow is a non-issue, just follow the foot kicks. I lost my favorite sunglasses; black raybans. If you by chance found them please email drew.molloy@live.com

Beautifully maintained trail! Gorgeous view of the grey-blue glacial waters of the Hoh River. We decided to trek to 5 mile island only and forgo the glaciers this run. Saw a black bear in a tree scratching his back and a Roosevelt Elk family. It was a very easy 10 mile trek without many elevation gains. Arrive EARLY!!! If you don’t you will be stuck with a tourist crowd bottlenecking the trailhead upon departure. We got to the trailhead at 7am on a weekday and no one else was in the parking lot except rangers and a few die-hards! Enjoy!

short hike and beautiful views

hiking
12 days ago

Took us 1.5 hours to get to the top with minimal stops along the way. Pretty much incline the entire way up with some switch backs. The ropes were extremely helpful near the end. Very exhilarating. Views were amazing.

beautiful views

6/3 - Lexi ONP

hiking
rocky
12 days ago

Great hike, the trail is flag but still is easy in some spots lose the trail, had to use the app to find it. Beware of the roots and rock, good foot wear is a must.

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
off trail
over grown
snow
12 days ago

Very beautiful but difficult. I came in from the South Fork Skok Trailhead. It’s about 8 miles in one way. The trail is pretty overgrown in places and there are a lot of big trees down in the trail. The trail is difficult to follow at time and disappears frequently after the second river crossing. The bridge at the second crossing is out and you have to ford the river. The last mile and a half is straight up and there is still snow on the other side of Sundown pass but it is passable without much difficulty. There are fish in the lake but they were very reluctant to bite any fly I threw at them, didn’t see any over 10 inches

backpacking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
washed out
12 days ago

Amazing trail!

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