Explore the most popular River 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
bridge out
15 hours 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

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 wes 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
scramble
1 day ago

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.

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
3 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
3 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
4 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
6 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

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

road directly to trailhead closed, prepare to park at picnic area b or even visitor center if necessary

hiking
muddy
over grown
private property
7 days ago

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
7 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
7 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.

walking
7 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
8 days ago

Easy and beautiful

hiking
rocky
8 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.

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!

Lovely trail along the river with the sound of rushing water.

Wow, wow, wow, WOW. TO DIE FOR, stopped off at the ranger station and got a canister (free of charge) We started at 2 on a Friday and hiked the 9ish miles to Pyrites, we made it around 8 ish, after LOTS of breaks because we had very heavy packs.We set up camp for the night and got up early the next morning, left our heavy stuff and hiked the 3.3 ish miles to the valley. BREATHTAKING. I was itching to see a bear and saw none on the way in, talked to a ranger who saw some between Pyrites and the valley. I lucked out.. we walked into the valley and to the right was a bear head staring my way. We were able to get the camera out and get some footage. We hung out by the Chalet for a few hours then headed back to get our stuff. We packed up and decided to go past O'Neil (6 ish miles in) and found a perfect camping spot with about 5.5 miles left of the trail down near the water and very secluded. On our way back, 2 women were alarmed by a bear (I didn't get to see). Sunday morning we hiked the 5.5 miles back in a little over 2.5 hours and were on our way out. Absolutely incredible. There are camping spots as close in as Pony Creek and spots along the way.

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