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Mildred Lakes Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lilliwaup, Washington that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and fishing and is best used from April until October.

Length 6.2 mi Elevation gain 2,965 ft Route type Out & Back

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

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Blowdown

Over grown

Scramble

No dogs

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This is a challenging trail due to the terrain and elevation as well as the fact that it is not well maintained. It is beautiful and the fishing is great, but you will need decent navigational skills to safely make it out and back.

A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here

Olympic National Forest Hoodsport Ranger Station 150 NorthLake Cushman Road Hoodsport, WA 98548 Tel: 360.877.5254

From Hoodsport, north 14 miles on U.S. 101 to Forest Service Road 25. Turn left and drive 14 miles to Mildred Lakes Trailhead at the end of the road.

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Katie Blanchard
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HikingBugsRocky

Absolutely gorgeous at the lakes. The hike gets very steep towards the end. You go about 1000ft in elevation in about 3/4 of a mile. But 100% worth it. Took 6 hours to get in with a 35 lbs pack (for me) and 4 hours out with a 31 lbs pack. I was definitely out of shape for this hike lol

Isaac Ocasio
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Jack Reacher
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Hiking

We started at 12pm, arrived at the lakes at 3pm, fished until 5pm and made it back to the parking lot by 7:30pm. We caught lots of rainbows. We carried light tackle and rods, so we were able to make good time on the hike. If I had a full pack it would probably take 4 hours considering the consistently steep terrain. For anglers, gloves, gaiter, hood, and bug spray a must to keep the mosquitos at bay.

John Piety
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HikingBlowdownBugsFeeMuddyRockyScramble

it was a bit challenging. I would suggest a compass and map, also gps. lost the trail few times. lot theres alot of climbing and maneuvering. Well worth the trip.

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casey m
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HikingBugs

6/20/20 mosquitos are out. Bring a GPS to confirm your route if you haven’t done the hike before. Most of the trail is marked with ribbons. Impressively steep trail. Hiking poles were helpful. No snow. Fishing was good.

Katelyn Younger
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6/15/2020 This trail was quite the adventure. The beginning starts out with a steep climb, into a less steep section for awhile, then a decline down to the first creek around 1.8 miles. My group got lost for an hour (just before the creek) following some orange forestry flags. The pink flags and hot pink duct tape are the correct trail flags to follow. If you don't think you are on the trail, you probably are not. The river is pretty and has two dispersed camping locations right next to it (one before and one after), then there is another dispersed camp spot on top of the ridge (after the incline from the river) that is super nice! The last lake is definitely worth the tough hike. We went swimming there and had some lunch then turned around. I would recommend this hike for more experienced hikers and would not recommend doing it on a rainy weekend because there is slippery wood/rocks/mud and some sections are treacherous climbing. We crossed maybe two small patches of snow when we got up to lake elevation.

AllTrails User
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What a challenge. Great adventure. I agree that the adventure is the reason for this hike, unless you are a fisherman. The only fisherman I talked to didn't catch anything although they saw them. The trail head sign says it is 4.4 miles to the lake. I believe that is more accurate than 6.2 r.t. I tried to add this to the completed hikes but can't seem to get it to save it.

Ian Frost
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Zac Wilson
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4/26 Still lots of snow! It was even harder to follow the trail, but we still managed to get to the lake thanks to the gps. There was about 4 feet of snow by the stream crossings but usually only sunk in about 6 inches and postholed deeper occasionally. The logs crossing the streams were uncovered enough to cross. The steepest part of the trail after that was mostly bare with some steep snow sections that were tricky (We managed just with poles). Snow got a few feet deep again at the top before dropping back down to the lake. The hardest part was crossing a creek right at the first little lake since it dropped down a few feet to the creek, but to far to hop across and sketchy walking over a snow bridge. This hike was more about the adventure than the lake as it is nothing spectacular.

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