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Upper Lake Mills

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast
47.9729, -123.5883 Map & Directions
Length
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
400 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

Take a short, steep hike from the Whiskey Bend Road down 400 feet to an overlook of the Elwha River. The area here is rugged, and erosion has caused the end of the trail to wash away, so be careful! Continue reading

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Hiking Upper Lake Mills

Take a short, steep hike from the trailhead (about 0.5 mi north of the end of Whiskey Bend Road) down 400 feet to an overlook of the Elwha River. The area here is rugged, and erosion has caused the end of the trail to wash away, so be careful!

The upper section of trail can be tricky to navigate, as foot traffic churns the wet ground into a muddy mess. However, the lower section of trail is good. Along the way, you may see wildflowers blooming in the lakebed, and chirping birds keep you company on your hike.

Upper Lake Mills

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.9729, -123.5883 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 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

From the eastside Glines Canyon Dam Spillway Overlook on Whiskey Bend Road, go south 2.5 mi to the trailhead. Limited parking at the trailhead; more parking available at Wolf Creek Trailhead, 3 mi south of Spillway Overlook. 

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

Smokey Hill (Upper Lake Mills) (#60)

Olympic National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

Blair S. Day Hike! Olympic Peninsula

4th Ed. Sasquatch Books

2019

page 151-154.

Custom Correct Elwha Valley

Buy the Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climbing No. 133S map

Buy the Green Trails Hurricane Ridge/Elwha North No. 134S map

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Upper Lake Mills

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