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Upper Lake Mills

Olympic Peninsula


Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast
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0.8 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 400 ft.


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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
Road Washout: Trailhead inaccessible

Take a short, steep hike from the trailhead (about 0.5 mi north of the end of Whiskey Bend Road) down 400 feet to an overlook of the Elwha River. The area here is rugged, and erosion has caused the end of the trail to wash away, so be careful!

The upper section of trail can be tricky to navigate, as foot traffic churns the wet ground into a muddy mess. However, the lower section of trail is good. Along the way, you may see wildflowers blooming in the lakebed, and chirping birds keep you company on your hike.


Upper Lake Mills

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.9729, -123.5883 Open map in new window


Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

Smokey Hill (Upper Lake Mills) (#60)

Olympic National Park

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Guidebooks & Maps

Blair S. Day Hike! Olympic Peninsula

4th Ed. Sasquatch Books


page 151-154.

Custom Correct Elwha Valley

Buy the Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climbing No. 133S map

Buy the Green Trails Hurricane Ridge/Elwha North No. 134S map

Getting There

From the eastside Glines Canyon Dam Spillway Overlook on Whiskey Bend Road, go south 2.5 mi to the trailhead. Limited parking at the trailhead; more parking available at Wolf Creek Trailhead, 3 mi south of Spillway Overlook. 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
Road Washout: Trailhead inaccessible

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