How bad could that be? Not bad...absolutely FABULOUS! A bit of an up hill battle for this old lady, my chambray was a little sweat soaked after the initial incline ... to clarify - this incline is between mile posts 1 and 2, if you’re going counter clockwise. Jeffrey had read about this prior to our departure. Save the pristine rolling hills for the trek down. There are several bridges for gorgeous photo opts. I definitely recommend either the two person wide bridge or the bridge with only one rail. You’ll definitely know which one I’m describing when you see. But wow, so beautiful! Oh and don’t forget your mask ... if you don’t have time to make your own then store bought is fine.

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!

Perfect trail for pregnant moms

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bridge out
over grown
20 hours ago

I honestly think this is one of my favorite hikes! Beautiful old growth surrounds the trail. Yes, the bridge is out, but with some scrambling it’s doable (I will post a picture). Some parts were overgrown, but not so much that you couldn’t see the path, just enough I was glad I was wearing long pants. It ends at Sol Duc Falls, but there’s also beautiful water falls and a rushing river to keep you company. The trail is uneven, rocky, dirt, roots, etc. but that just made it more interesting and fun. I am in my late 40s and in decent shape.

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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!

Perfect day in the Pnw for a beach walk. We were the only people most of the way. Stopped on the side of the road at Beach 2--limited parking compared to the other 3 beaches--and hiked south, then back north.

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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1 day ago

So beautiful!

It was nice and sunny in Port Angeles but zero visibility on the Cirque Rim. It was still a pretty hike full of wild life. We saw deer at every corner, an elk, and two marmots. Some snow on the trail too! Probably an easy 5 stars if we could see anything other than hurricane ridge. Lots of people visiting on Sunday 7/5 but we drove right into the park with plenty of parking. We left the park at 1pm and the line to get into the park was insanely long.

Great hiking loop for the kids. (Not as steep if you hike counter clockwise, Cool creek crossings and bridges.

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1 day ago

Another quick trail that was great for kids! A little over a mile with small side trails out to the river and some incredibly beautiful old trees. The signage was great, very informative and kept us looking/learning. The weather was perfect and there was very little difficult terrain. It made carrying a 4 year old much easier! If you make the drive do this and the hall of mosses trail for a great day out in the Olympics!

Great trail that was quick and easy for us and the kids. Some magnificent large trees with beautiful moss draped all over them. There’s a small “Maple Valley” that’s about a 200 foot haunt off the main trail and was breathtaking. It’s a long drive in but well worth it! Some of the most unique scenery we’ve come across and a true gem of the PNW and Olympic National Forest!

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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.

Hiked 7/4/2020. Stunning views. Profuse wildflowers. Saw a marmot and some deer

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bugs
flooded
private property
rocky
2 days ago

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off trail
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Easily now one of my favorite hikes in Washington! It’s short, steep, grueling, yet exciting and fun with the ropes - and jaw-dropping (& kind of terrifying!) views! Afterwards, we hiked to the nearby waterfalls and just felt amazing. We will definitely be back again! Not for the faint of heart or with small children or dogs. Enjoy!

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fee
muddy
snow
2 days ago

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