Getting ThereThis trail is accessed in the Elwha River valley of Olympic National Park. The parking area is just off of the Elwha River road on Whiskey Bend Road. The lot is on the east side of the road, a short way up a hill. A map of the area can be found here.
Route DescriptionThe trail, a 6.1 mile section of the much larger and more extensive Pacific Northwest Trail, begins in the lowland temperate rainforest characteristic of the western half of the park. Right from the get-go, it is switchbacks, switchbacks, switchbacks. The trail climbs constantly and steadily, rarely leveling out and never heading downhill.
After four miles of switchbacks through the forest, the trail finally breaks the canopy and heads up into a vast meadow.
After two miles, the trail joins the paved trail from the Hurricane Ridge parking lot. The last bit to the top is a piece of cake, and the summit is comfortable enough to sit down and enjoy a mid-hike snack and soak in the views.
The way back down is the same, but in opposite order :D
Essential Gear-Sturdy shoes
-Plenty of water [we, my wife and I, brought 3 litres and that wasn't enough]
-Hiking poles/sticks might help
External LinksOlympic National Park
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