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Results List

75 Hikes
Newberry Hill Heritage Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
13.0 miles of trails
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
This little gem of a park is located in Kitsap County, at the west end of Newberry Hill Road right before the T to Seabeck Highway.
 
 
Hansville Greenway

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 180.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Providing a cool forest walk even on warm summer day, Hansville Greenway is an extensive network of trails encompassing the community of Hansville on the Kitsap peninsula.
 
 
Elk Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
This hiker-only trail makes for a quick way to sample the ecosystem on the east slope of the Olympic mountains. Plus, it's a decent starter backpacking trip for kids and makes for a nice day for birdwatchers.
 
 
Lake Wynoochee East Shore Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 930.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
There is one section of the Lake Wynoochee Lakeshore Trail that can be hiked year-round—a pleasant, interesting hike for all ages, at 6 miles round-trip and 800 feet of elevation gain. Its creeks have bridges; it has road access at both ends; it features flowers in spring and summer, autumn color in fall, and provides a pleasant winter outing in clear weather.
 
 
North Coast Route

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
30.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
Hike through and alongside coastal forest, rocky cliffs and the wild Pacific coast on a relatively well-maintained route.
 
 
Moments in Time Interpretive Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
An interpretive nature trail along the shore of Lake Crescent. The trail leads through forest, a small meadow and lake shore. This trail is accessible to most hikers. This trail was formerly known as the Barnes Point Nature Trail, but is now called the Moments in Time Trail on the National Park Service Lake Crescent Area Trail Brochure.
 
 
Flapjack Lakes via North Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3050 ft.
Highest Point: 3850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(17 votes)
This is a burly day trip, but a great overnight destination for exploring the Sawtooth Range in the Olympic high country.
 
 
High Divide - Seven Lakes Basin Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 5120.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.53
(30 votes)
Stunning views, stargazing, backcountry lakes and plentiful wildlife await you on this classic 19-mile loop on the Olympic Mountains’ stunning Seven Lakes Basin and High Divide Trail.
 
 
Upper Lena Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3900 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(31 votes)
The trail to Lena Lake is a pretty, and popular, weekend destination. But hearty hikers and backpackers who venture to Upper Lena Lake will leave the crowds behind and experience a little bit of nirvana.
 
 
Lena Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(88 votes)
The hike to Lena Lake is doable for nearly every type of hiker, and the traffic on the trail is evidence of it. A wide path switchbacks gently at first and then just a little more steeply uphill through old- and second-growth forest to a large lake ringed by silent sentinels--huge old-growth fir trees that keep watch over day hikers and campers who elect to stay overnight at this wilderness refuge.
 
 
Mildred Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.53
(17 votes)
Take a sojourn in the Hood Canal Ranger District on this way trail within Mount Skokomish Wilderness. If you're looking for solitude, you'll find it on this out-of-the-way gem in the Olympic National Forest.
 
 
Pine Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 1830.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.70
(10 votes)
Walk along a gentle road-to-trail conversion along beautiful old growth groves to a placid lake deep in the Lower Skokomish Valley.
 
 
Home Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
19.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 5330.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
Access to Home Lake is possible via several trailheads, but any way you slice it, you're in for a long trip.
 
 
Spruce Railroad Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
5.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(36 votes)
Hop aboard the Spruce Railroad Trail for a scenic and historic hike along the sparkling shores of massive Lake Crescent. For 5 nearly flat miles you'll saunter along one of Olympic National Park's most alluring natural features. Nine miles long, over 600 feet deep, and surrounded by steep ridges and peaks, Lake Crescent seems more like a fjord. With a microclimate of warmer and drier conditions than areas just a few miles away, this trail is a good hiking choice on an overcast afternoon.
 
 
Lake Angeles

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2350 ft.
Highest Point: 4196.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(18 votes)
Get up close and personal with an enchanting glacier-sculpted landscape at Olympic National Park’s Lake Angeles.
 
 
Grand Valley - Cameron Creek Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
30.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10945 ft.
Highest Point: 6628.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike up and down (and up again and down again, and then up one more time) around this loop in the northern part of Olympic National Park. You'll get stunning mountain views, pass tranquil lakes, and laze around in gorgeous alpine meadows, and you'll need that break, because the elevation gain on this one is no joke.
 
 
Ludlow Falls Interpretive Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This is a lovely trail year-round. If you don’t live in the area, it makes an excellent quick stop if you’re in the vicinity of the Hood Canal Bridge.
 
 
Tunnel Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2450 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.69
(16 votes)
Tunnel Creek Trail has two trailheads. Nearly all hikers access the trail from the north side where for the first three miles the moderately easy grade is often within earshot of Tunnel Creek. After crossing the South Fork of Tunnel Creek, the route rises at a steeper but manageable grade past Harrison Lakes to 5050 Pass and some nearby viewpoints. The south side trailhead is on the Dosewallips Road. This segment’s notoriously steep grade to 5050 Pass means it is seldom used. Try it and you’ll find out why.
 
 
PJ Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 825 ft.
Highest Point: 5020.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.71
(7 votes)
PJ Lake is a short but steep primitive trail to a subalpine tarn teeming with jumping trout. The lake’s beautiful color draws anglers, day hikers, and campers alike. However, the trail is so steep that the short mileage to get there is eclipsed by the vertical exertion and lingering leg pain.
 
 
Tubal Cain Mine to Buckhorn Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(15 votes)
Although best known for its namesake mine and the nearby aircraft wreckage, the Tubal Cain trail also offers a pleasant and scenic route to Marmot Pass, a gateway to further wanderings.
 
 
Lake of the Angels

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 4950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(27 votes)
Tucked high in the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula, in the appropriately named Valley of Heaven is a breathtaking lake -- the Lake of the Angels. The heavenly goal is accessed by a trail built for more mortal interests. Keep in mind though; if you tackle this trail, it's devilishly difficult. In some places, it requires a vertical climb where falling is not an option. Be prepared, both physically and mentally, for this challenging hike.
 
 
Royal Basin - Royal Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2650 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.07
(28 votes)
You will see plenty in the first 7.2 miles of this trip that take you to the shores of Royal Lake, but you should plan your hike to have the time –and energy -- to enjoy the wildflower-dotted alpine basin and its milky blue tarns in Upper Royal Basin about three-quarters of a mile past the lake.
 
 
High Ridge Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 213 ft.
Highest Point: 5412.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The High Ridge Trail gets lots of visitors in summer, since it starts near the beginning of the parking lot at the Visitors Center on top of Hurricane Ridge. Beginning as a paved trail and gradually turning into a dirt trail, it connects with the Sunrise Trail. It'll give you a good workout, and you'll have plenty of company in summer.
 
 
Moose Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
A hike with great scenery in the high country of Olympic with good opportunity to see the endemic Olympic marmot and wildflowers!
 
 
Olympic Discovery Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
126.6 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
A still-under-construction route along the north part of the Olympic Peninsula, the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) will eventually span nearly 130 miles and be usable by bikes, walkers, runners, strollers, and in some places, equestrians.
 
 
The Brothers

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6050 ft.
Highest Point: 6866.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
A scramble and climbing route to the summit of a mountain in the Olympic range. Climbing gear and expertise required.
 
 
Deer Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(12 votes)
The hike to Deer Lake is a great day hike, or beginners overnight.
 
 
Aurora Ridge

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
16.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
This is a long ridge hike with views over Lake Crescent and the surrounding mountains.
 
 
Elwha River and Lillian River

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
13.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
Road Washout: Trailhead inaccessible
Take a long, rolling trail deep into quiet forest. Admire enormous trees, see a historic cabin, and find true solitude on the banks of Lillian River.
 
 
Ericson's Bay

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
The trail to Ericson's Bay is primitive and no longer maintained by Olympic National Park.