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Rainbow Canyon

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal
47.8219, -122.8833 Map & Directions
1.0 miles, roundtrip
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This is a short hike into a tree-filled gorge. Views include a waterfall, Elbo Creek, and the Quilcene River. Continue reading

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Hiking Rainbow Canyon

This is a short hike down into a tree-filled gorge. The trail switchbacks down a hill somewhat steeply and then travels parallel to Elbo Creek.

Tree branches obstruct hiker's view of a nice waterfall on Elbo Creek, but views on trail are typical of the Peninsula - lush greenery and rushing creeks abound. This trail is particularly nice in the autumn, since most of the trees lining the trail are deciduous, offering a beautiful display of color in the fall.

Hike beyond Elbo Creek about a half mile, then end at an overlook of the Quilcene River. This is a nice, easy hike to enjoy the sights and sounds of the peninsula.

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Rainbow Canyon

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.8219, -122.8833 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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

The trailhead is across the street from the Mount Walker trailhead. Looking north from the Mount Walker parking lot, hikers will be able to see a driveway to a campground. Head towards the campground. Once there, walk the car loop in a counter-clockwise direction. The trail is clearly marked.

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Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

Rainbow Canyon (#892)

Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District

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