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Glines Canyon Overlook Trail

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast
48.0019, -123.6004 Map & Directions
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
50 feet
Highest Point
450 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Looking back towards the former dam site on the Elwha River from the Glines Canyon Overlook Trail. Photo by Anna Roth. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

This short, two mile trail takes hikers through a tunnel of alder, across a creek, and finally onto the lakebed of former Lake Mills. Continue reading

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Hiking Glines Canyon Overlook Trail

This short, two mile trail takes hikers through a tunnel of alder, across a creek, and finally onto the lakebed of former Lake Mills.

From the parking area just below the Elwha interpretive area, head to the left, towards the river, and hop onto a trail where it says "Sensitive Revegetation Area Please Stay on Trail". You'll see a trail disappearing in brush to your left. This is a connector trail to the interpretive area, an alternate place to start your hike.

Head on down the trail, which alternates between gravel and sand. Cross Stokey Creek on a few well-placed rocks, and continue through a tunnel of tall alder trees, with grasses brushing your ankles. About a half mile in, a spur trail heads out to an overlook of the Elwha. Peek out that way, then return to the main trail, wading through a sea of lupine (watch out for slugs underfoot!) to finally arrive at a viewpoint overlooking the river.

Turning around, you'll see a nice view of the interpretive area and former dam site. Get your photos, and enjoy the sounds of the river, the sights of the clouds snagged in the trees, and the fresh clean smell of pines here before heading back.

Hike Description Written by
Anna Roth, WTA Staff

Glines Canyon Overlook Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0019, -123.6004 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Road Closed: The Olympic Hot Springs road is inaccessible to vehicles due to a washout. Hikers can still access this trail by walking or biking 7.8 miles one-way along the closed road from the Madison Falls parking area.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

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

Headed west on Highway 101 from Port Angeles, drive 8.5 miles and turn left onto Olympic Hot Springs Road (just before the bridge over the Elwha River). Continue down Olympic Hot Springs Road, until you reach the park entrance gate. Buy a pass, (or flash one if you already have one) and follow this road until you reach the site of former Lake Mills, marked by interpretive signs and a restroom near a parking area. 10 yards further on, turn left down a dirt road and drive it to its end, about 0.3 miles. This parking area is gravel, and can accommodate about ten cars.

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