Olympic Hot Springs Trail

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Olympic Hot Springs Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Windy Arm, Washington that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1207 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

hot springs

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

A short, fairly easy hike through moss covered trees leads to a series of hot springs scattered throughout the woods. The water is a great temperature, there is camping in the area (with permits), and there is a chance for a secluded soak depending on which pool you choose to soak in.

hiking
1 month ago

Late review, but was a great hike in October, 2017. Brisk but you get a workout. I wouldn’t call it super easy with the hills. The two suspension bridges were amazing. Hot springs are small and always occupied. Also clothing optional — with users expressing ZERO modesty — so watch with kids. Alcohol was definitely being imbibed out there.

backpacking
2 months ago

You have to hike 10 miles of road just to access the official Olympic Hot Springs Trailhead. A couple miles in, the road is washed out and uncrossable (deep water). There are several re-routes around the washout. The first is a ~1/4 a mile before the bridge on the Elwha River Trail. Second is right before crossing bridge, though route is rough (steep/flooded/not official trail). The third re-route is a log crossing on the left, in between bridge and road washout. There are red/pink flags marking routes, but these can be confusing. May be difficult with heavy bikes, but doable if you’re adventurous. There were cyclists who did it while we were there. Past the reroute, the road is gradual up to the old Elwha dam. Beyond that it gets steeper and winding, with lots of trees and debris to cross over/around. When you reach the official Trailhead, the snow goes from a couple inches to up to 12’ deep in areas. Hot springs are filled with green algae, and the first 4-5 are Luke warm and shallow (less than knee deep). Get there early to get the deeper pools. Boulder Creek Campground is right there, less than .5 miles from springs, with bear wires and pit toilets. Permits required to camp and no fires/dogs allowed.

4 months ago

Feb 2018 - Inaccessible at the moment due to flooding in November that wiped out the trail and both campsites.

9 months ago

Cool springs. Not literally of course. One was too hot for me to put feet in. The others were a little cooler but the Sulfur smell was strong so I didn't anyways.

9 months ago

Decent trail, well maintained and easy to hike on. A heads up, most of the hot springs are pretty shallow and only 1 out of the 5 is large enough for more than 3 people to comfortably use. If you want to protect your feet walking between hot springs, bring sandals with ankle straps, NO FLIP FLOPS

10 months ago

Was grueling for an intro WA hike but the fiance and I made it! tough for us flat land Floridians ;) hot springs were very warm indeed.

hiking
11 months ago

The trail AND hot springs are CLOSED until late summer. Check NPS website or with a ranger. There is extensive repair work underway.

11 months ago

the trail is currently washed out due to flooding and is closed. the park ranger told me it would be reopened some time at the end of august.

backpacking
Monday, May 01, 2017

Easy hike, the springs are nice. When I went in August 2015, there were several groups besides ours. Would definitely recommend for an easy overnight trip or day trip.

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

I've been here before and it was a nice easy hike. The only downfall was the trail was paved most of the way.

The road is closed right now though, so you won't be able to get to the trailhead unless you walk from the Madison Falls trailhead which will add about 3.5 miles to your hike. I hope the road opens soon!

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Road closed 10 miles before trailhead

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Great! Not hard at all.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Amazing

Friday, January 08, 2016

Easy trail.

hiking
Monday, September 14, 2015

Great hike for all skill levels. Hot springs are a nice break when you get up to them and people have put rocks around them so people can decide to sit and dip their feet or get in and relax. We did this hike with our 1 year old and 3 year old and they did really well and enjoyed the hot springs.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

very popular trailer even in the middle of the week.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

wonderful 5 mile round trip day hike to the springs. my skin is so soft now that I am home! Each pool was busy, don't expect to have a pool to yourself! Get friendly! It's well worth the hike. trail is pretty muddy at the moment. suggest waterfront boots. Our visit was 03/28/15 cost $15.00 for a parking pass, good for 7 days to the national parks. Purchased at the Ranger Station via pay envelope.

hiking
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nice, easy short hike. A few sketchy spots w/ rockslides. Nice campground close to springs & beautiful shire type fields to explore, can go on to Appleton pass, High Devide & beyond. Hot Springs are stinky but the top one was really very nice, hot!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Beautiful falls and a very easy hike, 5 miles seems too long though in the description. Minimal elevation gain (260 feet). There are definitely better hikes in the area, but if you have time you won't have a bad time here

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