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Results List

113 Hikes
Lake Wynoochee East Shore Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 930.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
There is one section of the Lake Wynoochee Lakeshore Trail that can be hiked year-round—a pleasant, interesting hike for all ages, at 6 miles round-trip and 800 feet of elevation gain. Its creeks have bridges; it has road access at both ends; it features flowers in spring and summer, autumn color in fall, and provides a pleasant winter outing in clear weather.
 
 
Snow Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1944 ft.
Highest Point: 4274.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
One of three ways to reach the summit of Mount Zion. It's steep, but short, and you'll be rewarded with view of the Olympics at the top.
 
 
Mount Townsend - Winter

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
13.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(2 votes)
Hiking Mount Townsend in the winter can be challenging. Depending on how much snow is present, it could require route-finding skills and the ability to evaluate slopes for avalanche risk. Go prepared with gear and a plan B.
 
 
O'Neil Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
The O’neil Pass Trail travels through the southeastern corner of Olympic National Park. It is a trail segment that sits well within the backcountry so you must hike a considerable distance to reach the start of this trail.
 
 
Constance Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.8 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 6080.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(5 votes)
The Constance Pass Trail climbs from the Dosewallips River, over the pass and on to the border between Olympic National Park and the Buckhorn Wilderness in Olympic National Forest
 
 
Anderson Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
Highest Point: 4480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
A variety of different loop routes in this area pass through Anderson Pass, making it a well-travelled revolving door in the mountainous terrain of the Olympics.
 
 
Rocky Brook Falls

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
0.1 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
This is more of a walk of about 200 yards, but the falls are beautiful when flowing heavily and well worth a visit when in the area.
 
 
Deadfall

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2240 ft.
Highest Point: 4273.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.10
(10 votes)
A longer, steeper, pass free, alternate route to the summit of Mount Zion.
 
 
Hoodsport Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
2.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
A set of short trails off Highway 119 between Hoodsport and Lake Cushman. With a trailhead kitted out with picnic tables and a restroom, it's a great spot for a picnic, too!
 
 
Lower Dungeness River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
12.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 2700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
The Lower Dungeness Trail travels through mostly conifer forests high above the river with a fair bit of elevation gain for a river hike.
 
 
Deer Ridge

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(17 votes)
Hike through a tunnel of rhododendron blooms and second-growth forest to views of the Olympic Peninsula interior and a carpet of wildflowers. Hike this route in the early summer and you may be lucky enough to see Deer Park with no cars, since the road to Deer Park often doesn't open until late in the season.
 
 
Indian Island County Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 70 ft.
Highest Point: 50.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.88
(8 votes)
Indian Island County Park offers two glorious miles of shoreline that can be hiked on the beach, on the bluffs, or a combination of the two. Leisurely beach ramblers, trail runners, and everyone in between will enjoy easy access to nature and the breath-taking scenery of Oak Bay.
 
 
Alderbrook Nature Trails

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.6 miles of trails
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 460.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
There are lots of options to piece together a hike of up to 5 miles on this forested loop on the slopes above the Hood Canal.
 
 
Shady Lane

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.42
(12 votes)
Explore a beautiful riverside forest, perfect for kids and adults alike.
 
 
LaCrosse Basin

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
18.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 5588 ft.
Highest Point: 4400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
Nestled deep within the heart of the Olympics, LaCrosse Basin is steeped in rich history as well as views that never relent.
 
 
Four Stream

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.57
(7 votes)
 
A short hike near the Staircase area of Olympic National Park.
 
 
Copper Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.61
(23 votes)
Whatever you like most about hiking, this trail has something for you, whether it’s a quick ascent, a period of more level ground, a peek-a-boo view, a quintessential Olympic Peninsula rain forest, or a ridge top.
 
 
Camp Pleasant

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
The hike to Camp Pleasant is often included in more lengthy backpacks or dayhikes on the Olympic Peninsula, but hikers will find an easy conditioner when they undertake this early season stroll.
 
 
Black & White Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
This beautiful hike takes you through a canopy of old growth trees until you find yourself in a high alpine meadow with small quiet lakes. Yes it's gorgeous but this hike isn't easy.
 
 
Living Legacy Interpretive Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 125 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Visitors to the Hamma Hamma Campground will attest to the delightful Living Legacy Interpretive Trail. The 1.5 mile trail tells the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps through interpretive signs and photographs along the way.
 
 
Lake Constance

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(18 votes)
The Lake Constance route is not a casual hike to a lake. It's a Class 2 and sometimes Class 3 scramble that requires continuous attention and careful hand work in areas where a mistake could prove fatal. People who have a fear of heights or are less than 100% confident in their climbing skills should avoid this route.
 
 
Jefferson Ridge

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1832 ft.
Highest Point: 3832.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
Trail closed: This trail remains closed due to the 2018 Maple Fire
In an area known for rhododendrons and stunning mountain views, find a relatively easy hike to a high ridgeline that used to house a fire lookout tower.
 
 
Hamma Hamma Beaver Pond

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
0.7 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
Trail closed: This trail remains closed due to the 2018 Maple Fire
This trail is listed in Audubon's Olympic Loop of The Great Washington State Birding Trail. The trail drops fairly steeply from the trailhead to begin a 0.7 mile loop around the lake. There are several benches along the way for resting while bird watching.
 
 
Dirty Face Ridge

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 6280.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(8 votes)
Here's a great backdoor access to Mount Townsend. You’ll likely have company at the summit, but this route offers solitude to get there, along with some sweeping views, plus steeps to work those quads! Consider why it's so infrequently used -- a sign at the trailhead warns of grades up to 40% in places! It's short, but there's nothing sweet about it.
 
 
West Fork Dosewallips River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 3600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
Though it's hidden behind a more than 12-mile road walk or bike, the West Fork Dosewallips River trail offers tunnels of rhododendrons, a jubilant river, and solitude.
 
 
Six Ridge

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
21.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3150 ft.
Highest Point: 4650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The Six Ridge Trail is a rugged route that traverses the South Fork to the North Fork of the Skokomish River. It is known for its solitude, meadows and grand mountain vistas, but it comes at a price -- a steep, long trail to these destinations.
 
 
Cub Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3990 ft.
Highest Point: 4755.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
An unofficially named, seldom-visited peak above Wagonwheel Lake on the border of Olympic National Park.
 
 
Silver Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.27
(11 votes)
These quiet little lakes tucked on the south side of Mount Townsend make a delightful respite from the hordes that are trucking up Townsend. And, like Townsend, there are several ways to access them.
 
 
Mount Townsend - Silver Lakes Traverse

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 6280.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Who doesn’t love a secret passageway? While the hordes gain Townsend from Quilcene side, sneak up on them from behind, then continue to Silver Lake for lovely camping and wandering opportunities.
 
 
Lightning Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4100 ft.
Highest Point: 4654.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Lightning Peak is a Class 3 and involves exposed scrambling. Gear and experience recommended.