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Wolf Creek

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast
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Length

16.2 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
 
 

The Wolf Creek trail departs Hurricane Ridge and plunges 8 miles downhill to Whiskey Bend in the Elwha River Valley. It's a lovely route that gets little use along its entire length, though many people wander a couple miles down its length before heading back up.

Access to the Wolf Creek trail is off of the Whiskey Bend Road in the Elwha Valley, or just off the Hurricane Hill Nature Trail, near the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center.

Coming from the Hurricane Hill junction, the way switchbacks down a gentle grade, allowing hikers plenty of opportunities to take in Alaska cedars which give way to madrones as you descend. There are several wet areas that can be soggy in the shoulder seasons, but for the most trail is a good one.

Salal covers the area near the bottom, which provides a lovely green carpet, but can be a bit wet after a rain. Look out for animal tracks as you hike; this area is a great spot to see wildlife!

When you've had your fill, head back the way you came, or consider making this a thru-hike by parking cars at either end.

WTA Pro Tip: There's more than one way to access Hurricane Hill from the Elwha River Valley. The Elwha to Hurricane Hill trail is at the beginning of the Whiskey Bend Road, but it's a much shorter and steeper trail than Wolf Creek.

 

Wolf Creek

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.9704, -123.5036 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

Wolf Creek (#75)

Olympic National Park

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Getting There

To access the Wolf Creek Trail from Hurricane Hill, follow Race Street south in Port Angeles for 1.2 miles to Hurricane Ridge Road, past the Olympic Wilderness Information Center. Continue to the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center, 17.7 miles in, and continue past the Visitors Center another mile and a half to the Hurricane Hill picnic area. Park here, then walk the road back about a half mile to a trail that heads downhill on the righthand side of the road.

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