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Mink Lake Trail to Blackwood Lake is a 9.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Forks, Washington that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.

Length 9.4 mi Elevation gain 4,087 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Hot springs

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No dogs

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Contact
Getting There

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

Directions from junction of Highway 101 and Sol Duc River Road: Drive southward on the Sol Duc River Road 12 miles to Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort. Park in the day-use area. Mink Lake Trail begins at the end of parking lot located along cabins area.

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Reviews (7)
Photos (20)
Recordings (4)
Completed (46)
Matthew Dodson
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HikingBugsRocky

Trail was well maintained and a pleasant hike. Assent was moderate. Mink Lake was a mosquito-laden pond with little appeal for any overnight camping.

Bill Alton
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trail rocky but moderate grade,

Peter Bradshaw
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Hiking

***Just went as far as Mink Lake*** This is probably my favorite hike I've done on the north side of the park. Beautiful dense forest the whole way up. Waterfalls below you a few times on the way up. No bugs bothered us at all. The lake was crystal clear. We watched the small (looked like) trout jump as they caught insects while we ate our lunch. It's a steady climb the whole way up. Very little variation in ascent rate. Which is great for setting a steady pace. Nothing I would have changed!

Robert W
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Hiking

Mink Lake trail is not the soft pine needle laiden trail it's sister trails are like Little Divide and Deer Lake. Prepare to take on rocky terrrain and creek washout trail. going up might be easier than coming down but at least you have the Sol Duc Hot Springs waiting for you.

Karla Clark
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First to Review

This is a decent hike for the PNW. The view isn't spectacular but it is conveniently located near Sol Duc hot springs.

Eddie Gara
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Igor Bugayev
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Hiking