Jefferson Ridge Trail # 808

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Olympic National Forest

Jefferson Ridge Trail # 808 is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lilliwaup, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,785 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


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Note: As of February 2020, this trail is still temporarily CLOSED. Please check with the park page for more information. It is scheduled to reopen in early summer

3 months ago

This trail remains closed due to the 2018 Maple fire!

10 months ago

This trail was closed on 07.13.19.

Wed Feb 20 2019

I went at the end of summer the road was pretty rough. I'd recommend 4 wheel drive or all wheel drive. we took a crosstrek up there. we cleaned up some garbage along the way. some parts of this trail are surprisingly steep. but it was worth it.

Mon Dec 17 2018

WARNING road to trail is closed at left turn off hamma hamma road to ALL traffic foot and car, no date on reopen, will be back when it opens again

Fri Jul 13 2018

Beautiful day, surprisingly uphill hike! Great views along the way. Flowers were dying off for the most part. I liked how narrow the trail was. Few bugs, no critters sighted. We saw only 2 other hikers all day. We had a 9 year old and two 7 year olds and with many snack breaks we made it up the first trail, the second trail, and across the road to the third trail. We climbed that for a while and after more snacks, headed back down. Those kids were awesome! Lots of sliding on the way down, wear your grippy shoes. I bet those kids fell asleep pretty fast tonight.⛰

Mon May 28 2018

The road is a little rough going up to the trail, so I do recommend you drive an SUV up there. My wife is 6+ months pregnant so we skipped the first half of the trail and continued to driven up the road until we hit the gate. Walk up that road past the gate 10 minutes and you’ll see the trail cross the road. We continued 2.5 miles up to some unbelievable views of the brothers and Rainier. Highly recommend this trail!

Tue Sep 05 2017

parked at the bottom of the hill at hamma hamma river and hiked the two miles plus to the trail Head. Then I hiked the trail up the ridge to the top and some. got views of several peaks on all sides. was even able to see Lena lake from the ridge trail. just look to the North up at the top. we love this trail. tough hike, steep, watch out for dead trees on the trail, waiting to fall. . we turned around on the top of the ridge, not sure how far the trail extends to. but we ran out of water. probably hiked 8 miles out and back.

Sat Jul 15 2017

Road to the TH was an adventure in itself, it does not appear to have been maintained in quite awhile. The trail goes into a climb upward from the beginning and there is few places that level out for you to get a break. Trail is narrow and the loose rocks make climbing upward a little more difficult. Spectacular views to the east and if it is clear you can see to Seattle. Coming down you do quite a bit of sliding on the loose silt and rocks. Wear good shoes with traction. Overall, it was a good workout and worth lunch at the top overlooking the other peaks and the valley below.

Fri Apr 14 2017

Road is rough even to the Elk Lake TH and there is a blowdown over the road that our Honda Pilot just squeezed under. Parked at the Elk Lake TH and hiked up the road to the Jefferson Ridge TH. The trail goes up and up through a beautiful forest. Second part of trail goes through second growth forest with more views out to the east. Had to turn around at about 2600 feet because of deep snow.

Sat Oct 22 2016

Don't pay attention to my map drawing. The trail is an uphill 1500+ ft ( 1.6 mile to the top, 3.2 total) climb through forest. No real photo ops , but deer are plenty. The trail is well defined, but little sign of any usage. It is a good trail for keeping in shape. It ends when it reconnects to FS 2421. The TH is at 47.58322, -123.312116. Directions are from US 101N, go west on FS 25 (N Hamma Hamma Rd)/ at 6.5 miles go left on FS 2480, cross the Hamma Hamma River/ about .2 miles go right on FS 2421. This road is rocky, steep and rough. When you get to Elk Lake TH # 805, keep going until you get to the TH on the right (past this point the road is severely washed out. There is limited parking just before the TH.

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