hiking
5 days ago

A beautiful trail with glimpses of the ocean throughout and a good view to Victoria at the top! I'm pretty sure it's okay to use the trail now if you just park in the overflow lot.

Not really a trail, but a path. Quick stop off the road to see a beautiful waterfall.

Good trail to do if you feel like going further than Sol Duc Falls. Thursday there was still snow covering the trail and connecting trails along the southern half of the lake.

Easy trail to add onto your storm king hike or just as a fun excursion!

Was not planning on hiking this day but couldn’t pass it up! Trail was very well maintained. I ended up doing the loop in a dress and birks with no issues.

Started at the City pier and walked the route to the Coast Guard gate. First bit is through the town and an construction area. Once you get out from that it’s all seaside with views of the Olympic refuge and Victoria in the distance. You can absolutely walk, run, or drive any part of this.

Beautiful waterfall worth seeing if you are in the area. Easy walk from the parking lot. Family friendly. We tacked on a few miles along the Elwha River to see some more pretty sights and we popped off along the river for lunch.

hiking
bugs
muddy
8 days ago

Beautiful hike with lots of amazing sights. The trail picks up intensity after the last bridge (the green rope bridge). There are blown down trees you have navigate over/under/around. Also, a few river crossing with slippery moss covered logs that require some navigating. Bring extra socks/clothes in case you get wet. There is also a part of the trail that’s washed out but we were able scale up the cliff a little and go around. At around 7.7 (based on my Fitbit) the trail eventually comes to wide river crossing that we couldn’t cross with the gear we had, and we were also running out of daylight. Not sure why this is being tracked at 24 miles, but my Fitbit says 15.33.

on Deer Lake Trail

hiking
9 days ago

A good, gradual climb with a lovely lake to top it off. The trail is a bit rocky, which slows you down. I'm also pretty sure it's 8 miles.

hiking
rocky
9 days ago

Added this on after Sol Duc Falls. Solid elevation gain throughout. Really rocky trail. A few side waterfalls to check out. Deer Lake was beautiful and still had some snow around it. Not a ton of spots to get down to the lake but we found a rock and had lunch on it. Only saw about 10 other people our entire time out and back. A few campsites along the way.

Overall I found this to be a very pleasant hike, although the reviews on AllTrails threw me for a loop. I was expecting a more mellow hike (but very happy when it started climbing). Perhaps I should have checked my topo maps a bit more closely. But I digress... From the start of the trail (just 1.1 miles outside the National Park Boundary), the trail is extremely mellow and encased in lush, green forest. At the very start the trail dips down into a little gully, crosses a bridge, and then climbs up (all of this is within .2 mile of the trailhead), and then for the next 3-4 miles, it's mostly a flat trail with some rolling hills that runs beside the river. It's quite beautiful. At the half way point however (it's just under 8 miles from start to finish one-way), the trail starts climbing up and switchbacking. It eventually leads all the way up to Hurricane Ridge. I was told that the ridge is not accessable this early in the year, but that is not true at all. I had to go through about 1.3 miles of snow at the very top, but it was completely worth it! Nobody else up there, had it all to myself, and once you get to the top, the snow on the south side isn't nearly as bad. Would be an awesome place to stroll up for lunch. On the way down, just follow the tracks in the snow that you made on the way up. There were fresh bear tracks over the top of my own tracks on the way down, so there are bears active in the area, but I doubt if they should be seen as much of a concern. Most of the rivers on the first half of the trail have bridges over them, but there were 3 streams on the top half that I had to wade through. It was not dangerious, but I did have to get my feet wet. There is one spot about 3/4 of the way to the top where the trail crosses a river and is easy to lose. I think that the trail was under an avalanche or heavy snow pack over the winter, and I thought that from that point to the top it would be hard to follow, but that was not the case. Once I was over the river, the trail picked right back up and was easy to follow to the snow line. I suspect, based on the snow that I saw up there yesterday, that the trail should be 100% snow free by mid June. Happy hiking!

hiking
muddy
11 days ago

Great weather. Nice shade. Not a whole lot of people. Trail was very muddy in places. Bridges were not slick at all. View was great. Very easy for an experienced hiker. Not a lot of bugs. Well worth the time.

hiking
bridge out
13 days ago

Bring bikes, don’t take the road when it tells you to take the path (follow the signs). Great option to workout and hike if you’re scared of heights! Most of the trail is just asphalt road :)

hiking
13 days ago

Wonderful to have the trail open again! Beautiful scenery. Still quite a lot of snow once you reach and pass the lake.

It was a long ride but once you get to the ocean view you feel all that effort it worth it. Recommend if you’re not used to riding to park closer.

hiking
muddy
14 days ago

Parked in the visitor center parking lot. There was some elevation gain but overall it was pretty gradual. We walked at a slower pace and it took just under 3 hours. It was a little muddy / slick to start but to be expected this time of year. Primarily shaded trial filled with huge trees. There was also a lot of slugs, mushrooms, and bridges to cross over.

not sure id call this a hike, was very easy/short. great for wheelchairs or kids! beautiful falls at the end of the paved road.

27JUL2019 - Absolutely beautiful trail. Partly cloudy that day, but made the view even more breath-taking when the clouds subsided. Pretty easy hike from Hurricane Ridge. Highly recommend!

Worth the stop! Small quick walk to falls! If you walked to the end of the road there is a bypass trail which is a quick hike but with a bit of an incline that brings you next to the river and washed out bridge.

Short and simple walk to the falls. Definitely worth the stop!

road to get to trail is closed

walking
closed
1 month ago

Such a beautiful loop with massive doug and western red cedar.

Amazing Mountain View in all directions. Just do it.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic hike and views. I caught it early April, deep snow blanketed the entire trail. Worth every step.

This was a fantastic quick hike. It almost felt like I was walking into Neverland.

I’d like to start this off saying I’m absolutely beat. My feet are blown out. I don’t want to do another hike like that especially seeing how much a bicycle would have been the perfect tool for the gig. This should be a bring a bike trail only. I wouldn’t do it without one knowing what I know now. You will need to put the bike on your shoulder a few times but no biggie. The springs themselves are very cool. No one but me until I was on my way out. All the way back is secluded. Second or third one in is the largest from what I saw. Beautiful but I almost don’t think it’s worth hiking the whole way...

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