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.

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hiking
22 hours ago

The gravel roads to the trailheads are full of potholes. Arrived at the Upper Trailhead around 930am, numerous cars already parked on the roads. There was a decent amount of snow/ice right before the upper trailhead parking lot so most people parked before it and walked to the trailhead. Bathroom was locked. Start of the trail was clear of snow. The switchbacks were a steady leg-burn. There were a few fallen trees on the trail. At the top of the switchbacks, there was snow. Most people took a break at the little stream at the bottom of the steep mountain climb. We didn't reach the summit. The climb was a little too challenging for our dog. Lots of people out climbing though, a few with dogs. Would recommend gear: ice cleats, poles, and/or an ice pick, waterproof pants and shoes. Did glissading on the way down but only halfway as there was a giant hole with rocks on the route of the glissading. Beautiful views from where we climbed. Didn't have any problems with bugs.

Went on 5/19 in the morning (9:15a start - return 2:11p). A little overcast but luckily no rain. The drive up to the trailhead wasn't too bad as it was mostly paved (but gravel between Govey road cutoff and Vance creek viaduct parking.) Trailhead itself has plenty of parking on both side.
The trail overall was good....went about 5.5 miles in. The start as most indicated is the bulk and the largest of the inclines...then you go back down the other side to the river...and the nearly flat trail continues. Noting a couple of spots with big mud puddles where you'll need to traverse over logs on the side. It's fun. As the trail meanders along the river and hillside there are ups and down...but nothing to get alarmed over. Again...it was fun. Once at Comfort Camp (@4 mi) most turn around but go another mile to the lookout point @ mile 5. It's worth it...and it located half way up some switchbacks. lol. i went further but nothing really to see so you can turn around at marker 5 mi.
Good trip overall. lots of bridges, streams and views.
Enjoy.

An amazing trail. Our group goes back every year. Next trip tomorrow can’t wait.

hiking
1 day ago

Lots of downed trees on the trail. Encountered a black bear sow and two cubs about 40 yards away where the trail starts to reach the clearing.

One of the best falls I have seen! Super easy trail

Short and easy. Beautiful falls. Make it part of a full day of mini-hikes and plan on living wet.

hiking
4 days ago

A grind up for someone with asthma, but every rest stop had a spectacular view. it was cloudy but that didn't take away from the experience at the top. Snow in some places towards and at the top but not enough to obstruct the trail.

Push a bike to trailhead!Good water
entire way up.Stay to left of creek.9th
time up.Advise SLOW ascent to save Quads coming down.Lake half thawed
very little snow.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice easy to follow trail, if you are going to Tull Canyon for the B17 wreckage keep an eye on your GPS some recent tree falls make the trail a bit tough to spot. Copper Creek area is another place to have a GPS out. the trail dumps you in a series of open clearings used for camping and there is no defined place to cross the creek. Easy to lose the trail on the other side. Same with some of the switchbacks, there are downed trees on the switchback and easy to follow game trails to lead you astray. I made it to Buckhorn pass before the trail disappeared under 5ft of snow. Will do again in a few months...

it's a beautiful and relatively easy hike. we'll worth the stop if you have an hour or two to spare.

Fantastic hike. There are a couple of stream crossings, so I'd definitely recommend waterproof hiking boots, especially if you're going to the plane wreck.

Very cool trail . The snow starts from 4500 feet . I’ll go there one more time in August for sure .

hiking
7 days ago

I loved it! Beautiful.

Great first hike to start out the season. Definitely kid friendly and lots of incredible sites. Will definitely be going again but maybe trying out a hike attached to it like wagon wheel lake. The mud slide on the road is cleaned up and can park at the ranger station but the bridge across the creek washed out on the right side of the trail so have to wade through the cold glacier water.

Still quite a bit of snow! At certain points, it complete obstructed the path, but we were able to scoot past it along the edge or climb over it. FANTASTIC views, it was truly breathtaking. A moderate hike overall, with some areas steeper than others. Pretty empty on a weekday, allowing you to stop for photos without holding up traffic. Has a paved path, so it's nice and easy. If you have a car you don't need to walk the 1.5 miles on the road, there is parking at the trailhead past the visitor's center (RVs aren't allowed on the road, but these restrictions are clearly marked.)

Arrived at 0930 on Monday to see very few other hikers! Once you take the turn at the big rock for the trail your hike (climb) truly begins! Trail was in good condition and glad to find a hike I love with no snow!

For my average condition it was a brutal climb & descent. The ropes weren't too bad but the second one is definitely the sketchy section! More so on the descent. The incredible views were worth it & we spent about 45 minutes on top undisturbed before heading back down!

Amazingly BeAutiful... 360° view of the mountains surrounding the ridge and a bit of the waterfront view from a spectacular view at the top! a must do again♡ great company and a view I won't ever forget!!!!

Beautiful views. Pretty easy walk. There are a couple of steep uphill parts that got a little tough but just had to take my time.

Beautiful trail! The views are amazing the whole time. stop off and have a snack at Pony Bridge and sit in awe of the river and majesty of the forest!!

This is a short and easy hike. It is worth traveling you. you get to enjoy the drive by Cresent Lake and the lush greenery of the woods up to the falls. Enjoy!

Peaceful, serene. Not crowded; I ran into only 2 other (small) groups during the hike on a beautiful day. You don't want to miss this one... it's a low-investment, high-reward hike.

hiking
12 days ago

Incredible views! Not too long, but the grade definitely makes it challenging. I carried my son up in a carrier backpack so it is by no means unbearably difficult. It’s worth planning ahead and going on a clear day.

Absolutely breathtaking.... There’s still quite a bit of snow hanging around. We had our kids with us. If you are concerned about the trail being icy when you come to the fork in the trail about a quarter of a mile in keep to the right. Even though it may not look like it, this was the easiest path for us!

A challenging hike indeed. I loved the water flowing down the mountain at the beginning part of the trail and got some pretty good shots. The views at the top were obstructed but it was such a peaceful and wonderful hike.

backpacking
13 days ago

Just amazing.

Loved it! Excited to go back

Don't let the first half of the trail fool you. Once you get to the river it really opens up and gets beautiful. The tree setting on the Hall of Moss Trail is better but the river area is beautiful and open.

5/10/18: Beautiful! Hiked today. My Apple Watch clocked 8.6 miles. First 2/3 was steep and real easy to follow . Last 1/3 was covered in deep snow. Summit was gorgeous. Totally worth it. Follow the flags and foot prints in the snow. Some of them are hard to follow so keep an eye out. Bring plenty of salmon jerky. We wore regular hiking shoes no spikes or crampons. Slipped a few times in snow. Watch for hollow snow fell down to my hips. Just learned Washington got late fresh snow fall that’s melting fast. Nice lady at REI told us today. So probably best to rent some crampons or poles. Worth every step.

This hike is absolutely STUNNING. There is so much to take in along the way. Road there has a lot of potholes. Highly recommend.

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