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Elk Lake Trail [CLOSED] is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lilliwaup, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 485 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Closed

No dogs

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Getting There

As of June 2020, this trail is closed due to hazardous conditions. Please check with the park for more information.

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

Directions from Hoodsport: Travel US Highway 101 10 miles north to Jorsted Creek Rd (FS Road 24). Follow 24 for 1.25 miles to FS 2480. Continue on FS Rd 2480 for 5.5 miles to the spur road and trailhead.

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Zac Wilson
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Blowdown

The road is open but the trail has not been cleared so it was very bushy with several trees across it. the parking area was very small and covered in tall grass since it has not been used in a while. It looked like maybe one other person had hiked from the top trailhead. We also ventured to the Lower trailhead afterwards which was on an unmarked road (a short steep road on the right next to a wood post. It looked like a deadend area someone camped at but The elk lake sign is 25ft down the trail that we could see from the car). We were not to impressed with the lake either

Zac Wilson
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Hiking

trail now open, but very overgrown and trees to climb over and under. We started from the upper trailhead

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Leah Odom
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The trail is closed due to the road getting to the trail being deemed a hazardous area.

Kelly Puster
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The gate was open today where previously it had been closed, and we headed up the side of the mountain to try to find the trailhead. There was evidently a lot of logging in the area, and we never did find the trailhead. When we arrived back at the gate, a sign had been placed that said "logging trucks only, gate can close at any time". Dodged that one.

Robin Wolfe
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Gate closed where you would turn off HammaHamma rd. Parked there and walked up the road to the trail. Trail started out okay, but quickly became an obstacle course of trees that had fallen across it. The area had burned and trees were all over so we only made it about a mile in. Will try again in a month or so.

Laura Graves
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Hiking

FR 2480 was closed with gate and sign 4.5 miles in. Make sure you call ahead to see if open. Just putting 3 star to be able to leave a comment.

Quintin Reynolds
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Hiking

An amazing easy hike . I will be back

Sierra Sams
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Hiking

Lower half of trail is easy, family and dog friendly. Upper half of trail is steep, narrow, and huge drop off on one side. Made me very nervous with my dog, and would not recommend for nervous mothers of small children. Awesome views and a great work out though!!

Lauren Banks
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Hiking

This hike featured many waterfalls (several of which we had to walk though to continue on the trail). I would not take my kids on this again. One side of the trail is a straight drop down and it made me nervous having my 6 and 2 year old.

Wes Neal
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Hiking

Great spot for an overnight on the way to climb Mount Olympus! Lots of bugs and the water source is a decent walk!

Robert Patterson
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Hiking

This trail has several TH. I entered from FS 2421. Some trees across the trail, but all passable.

Chris Englund
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Hiking

Parked at the trailhead off FR2401. It is down a very short, but very steep spur from the main road. Our party checked out Jefferson Creek and although it was dry, the rocks looked too treacherous to cross. Continued back up the main 805 trail. It is a little overgrown in parts and there are a couple of small trees down. The creek bed about a half mile down was completely dry and we were able to continue on to Upper Elk Lake along the trail. Huge cedars lined this part of the trail. After crossing over the road, it was a quick hike up the steepest part of the trail to Upper Elk Lake. Saw lots of trees in the process of being taken down by beavers. Roundtrip was less than 2 miles.

Lisa Ranstead Hagmann
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Brian Devine
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Brian And Laura Devine
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Leslie Davison
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Anton Martz
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Emily Hambrick
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Mandie Thompson
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Tammey Newton
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