Explore the most popular Views 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.

Beautiful trail but definitely a bit more challenging due to the giant rocks and boulders, rope climbs and descent, and sand to walk across. Some places impassible at high tides. Bring some gloves for the ropes. Backpacking out there is amazing though. Don’t forget that the trail mileage starts at Shi Shi Beach itself. You still have about 2 miles to add from the trailhead.

hiking
4 hours ago

Had a friend from out of state visiting. This was a perfect place to take him to show him the beauty of the Olympics with a small time frame.

hiking
5 hours ago

Nice little hike. Went with my 2 and 4 year olds. They loved playing on the sandy beach and cross the log bridge. The trail was very busy and it was a Tuesday morning.

beautiful, easy trip through the forest

backpacking
blowdown
bugs
over grown
rocky
1 day ago

We did not do the whole triangle just the 3.1 mile hike to Cape Alava for our first backpacking adventure. The day was quite dreary and misting to a light rain. The overall trail condition was pretty decent. I had assumed it would be slick, but the only slick spots were the plastic boardwalk of the trail. There are a few spots on the boardwalks that had missing, loose, and twisted boards. There are some rocky portions of the trail, but nothing too bad as long as you’re paying attention. In some areas of the boardwalk/trail the foliage comes right up to it and it’s thick...hard to see through. Lots of stairs, some short, some tall. Also two bridges to traverse, a wide one with double railings and the other a log with one hand railing across the creek heading into the camps. There is a steep stair climb down to the creek, but there are a couple of ropes for help. On the trail we saw plenty of people, birds, a snake, a couple of cool slugs, deer, and a bear, although we didn’t fully visualize him. Bring plenty of water with you because when we crossed the creek (6/15/19) the creek was very low. The campsites at Cape Alava are all nice and level with their own campfire pits and very clean!!! We were fortunate enough to be greeted by the resident doe! Another plus for our campsite was an eagle nest up in the tree above us. Finding the drift wood for the campfire was a long walk up the beach by the old ranger station where we also found a dead sea lion. For our evening, we got the pleasure of watching five blue herons hunting, the sea lions grumble, and the eagles hunt, plus a blue jay visited our camp! We even did some beach combing and tidal searching.

I went yesterday 6/16/19. The road is easy to get to. I had my 2 wheel drive Kia Soul. I traveled into the valley first. If you do this, start at 7am or earlier. When the snow turns to slush it would make the trail too dangerous to travel. After the descent the trail is clear of snow. The meadow is beautiful, but keep your eyes on the trail. There are many game trails and it would be easy to get lost. The mosquitos get bad after the first bridge and dont let up until the lake. Fill up on water at the lake and put on sunscreen. The trail up to the ridgeline is steep, long, and mostly exposed. When you think you are level with the mountains across from the trail you have about 300' more to climb. The snow doesn't return until the ridgeline. It posed no danger on the trail. Watch out for, Bears, Deer, and Bob Cats. I saw all of these in the valley.

Hiked to Boulder shelter. Trail is well maintained. Great views from just below Boulder.

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

backpacking
blowdown
muddy
2 days 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.

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muddy
scramble
snow
2 days ago

hiking
2 days 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!

hiking
2 days ago

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

Hiked 6/13/19. Only a little bit of snow the last quarter mile. Super steep trail most of the way but worth it. My gps clocked it at 8.25 miles total. Only saw a few other hikers. Great hike if you’re looking for a challenge and solitude.

hiking
washed out
3 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
3 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;)

on Royal Basin Trail

hiking
3 days ago

The trail is in very good condition and clear all the way up to Royal Lake. We camped at the Lower Meadow campsite, right next to Royal Creek Rover which came in handy as a water source. There are PLENTY of mosquitos - I ended up getting bitten >20times even through my pants. Bring lots of deet! The trail from Royal Lake to the Upper Basin was mostly clear except for the last incline which is still covered in snow. The snow is melting and is very slippery during the day. I didn’t use my microspikes but definitely recommend poles! Overall, very nice hike. We saw a few deer and one stubborn goat who kept hanging out at Royal Lake campsite. It took us approx 5 hrs to Royal Lake and 4hrs back to the car.

hiking
3 days ago

beautiful beach, not very crowded!! Jog stroller friendly

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
3 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

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bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
3 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.

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scramble
3 days ago

hiking
4 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
5 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
6 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.

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muddy
scramble
snow
6 days ago

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