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Gladys Divide

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal
47.5182, -123.3324 Map & Directions
Length
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
4000 feet
Highest Point
5050 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Ridges/passes

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Find solitude among expansive views of the Olympic interior on this strenuous but rewarding backpack. Continue reading

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Hiking Gladys Divide

In the quiet southeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula, there is a hike leading from the only ranger station along Hood Canal and rising above the powerful and beautiful North Fork of the Skokomish River.

At 20 miles round trip, with over 4,000 feet of elevation gain, the path leading to Gladys Divide counterintuitively gets less tiring with every additional mile as the terrain opens up, exposing fantastic views of the entire Olympic interior, making you forget about your pumping heart and heaving lungs. While long and difficult, the experiences one has while hiking to Gladys Divide give a better insight into just what the human body is capable of accomplishing.

Starting along the Skokomish River and ending near the start of the Hamma Hamma River, this trail gives you forests, waterfalls, lakes, valleys, snowcapped, rugged mountains and panoramic views that will make you drool.

Except for late summer and autumn, Gladys Divide is rarely hiked, making this trail one of the best hikes in the Staircase Region of Olympic National Park. The first seven miles of the trail follows the Flapjack Lakes Trail, wandering past Donahue Creek Falls and next to the gorgeous Flapjack lakes. While awesome, press on past the lakes and keep heading up toward Gladys Divide.

The trail to Gladys Divide is one and a half miles long. Views from it are impressive, including the ridiculously craggy Olympic Mountains. Passing near the Olympic’s Sawtooth Mountains, the trail gains elevation, skirting a ridge, eventually capping off at the divide, overlooking the start of the Hamma Hamma River.

Take in this view before exploring a small path to your left, which gets you to the top of Mount Gladys and world class views of the entire Olympic Peninsula.

Hike Description Written by
Douglas Scott, WTA Correspondent

Gladys Divide

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 47.5182, -123.3324 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Shelton travel north on US 101 for 15 miles to Hoodsport. Turn left (west) onto State Route 119, proceeding 9.3 miles to a T intersection with Forest Road 24. Make a sharp left. In 1.7 miles the pavement ends. Continue on a good gravel road (FR 24) and in 3.7 miles come to a junction. Turn right and drive 1.2 miles to the Staircase Ranger Station. Trailhead parking is on your right, across from the campground. Water and privies available.

Note: Gladys Divide Primitive Trail begins at Flapjack Lakes, a 7.5 mile hike from the N. Fork Skokomish trailhead at Staircase

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Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

Olympic National Park

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