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Home Lake

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal
47.8280, -123.0413 Map & Directions
19.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
3,000 feet
Highest Point
5,330 feet
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Northwest Forest Pass

Access to Home Lake is possible via several trailheads, but any way you slice it, you're in for a long trip. Continue reading

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Hiking Home Lake

Access to Home Lake is possible via several trailheads, but any way you slice it, you're in for a long trip.

The best place to start heading for Home Lake is from the Upper Dungeness Trailhead. Here, you'll enjoy a mostly flat first section of trail, staying left at the junction with the Royal Basin Trail, only a mile in.

Camp Handy comes into sight along the rivers edge at 3.4 miles. Its expansive riverfront meadow and cedar shingle shelter make it a popular campsite for people, which in turn has made it a popular cafeteria for gray jays and chipmunks. Take the side trip down to the meadow and enjoy the views up the valley toward Constance Pass and Inner Constance.

From Camp Handy, the trail forks after a half mile, and then climbs without switchbacking in the three miles to Boulder Shelter. The trail crosses two good water sources along the way. At several points, the westward vistas offer clear views into the Milk Creek and Heather Creek drainages and at numerous avalanche paths on the opposite side of the valley.

You’ll arrive at Boulder Shelter at about 6.4 miles. The shelter was standing as of this writing in 2014, but much of the nearby area is strewn with avalanche snapped trees--harsh winters can take their toll on the area and the shelter may not be standing when you visit. The creek at Boulder Shelter offers the most reliable water on the trail.

If you're hiking with dogs, this might be a good place to turn around, since it's only another mile to the National Park boundary.

Turn right at Boulder Shelter to continue on to Home Lake. Here, you've joined the Constance Pass Trail, and it's only 3.6 miles to Home Lake. One mile past the Boulder Shelter, cross into the National Park. 2.9 miles further on, come upon scenic Home Lake. Camp wisely, so as not to impact the vegetation.

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Home Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.8280, -123.0413 Open in Google Maps

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Northwest Forest 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

From beautiful Blyn on US 101, check your odometer at the intersection of 101 and Sophus Road on the west side of the Longhouse Deli and gas station, and head towards Sequim on 101. In 1.7 miles take a left onto Louella Road. Take Louella 0.9 miles to its end at the intersection with Palo Alto Road, and turn left on Palo Alto. Follow Palo Alto for 5.8 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 2880. This gravel road winds steeply down for 0.9 miles until you cross the bridge over the Dungeness River and drive past the Dungeness Forks Campground. In another 0.9 miles, you arrive at an intersection. Go straight (not right) on what is now Forest Road 2870. In another 2.5 miles bear right at an intersection to stay on 2870. In another 4.9 miles, take the left fork to stay on 2870. In 1.6 miles, you will again cross the Dungeness River and be at the sizable trailhead parking lot. Trailhead amenities include picnic table and vault toilet.

More Hike Details


Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

Lake Constance (#893)

Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

Hiking Olympic National Park

Erik Molvar

Morris Book Pub

pg 102



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