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Results List

132 Hikes
Mount Ellinor

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 5944.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.58
(103 votes)
Mount Ellinor is the southern-most prominence on the eastern front of the Olympics. This makes its peak easy to point out to your friends when you say, ”I was up there.” Mount Ellinor also gives you two trailheads to choose from. The lower trailhead at 2,600 feet welcomes you to the ascent with an easy grade at the outset. The route from the upper trailhead at 3,500 feet starts out with a nearly immediate upward jolt. The trails merge well before the summit and continue upward at a character-building grade.
 
 
Capitol State Forest - Waddell Basin West

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
9.22 miles, one-way
Gain: 1390 ft.
Highest Point: 1035.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A motorized trail in Capitol State Forest.
 
 
Lyre Conservation Area

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 235 ft.
Highest Point: 180.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
A lovely protected space on a half-mile of beach along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This area is just 20 miles west of Port Angeles -- perfect for a picnic or a short day trip.
 
 
Jarrell Cove State Park - Harstine Island

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 175.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
Accessible only by bridge or by boat, Jarrell Cove State Park administers several small recreation areas, including Harstine Island, McMicken Island, Stretch Point, Eagle Island and Hope Island. Harstine Island is a day-use property with beach access via a half-mile trail; the other areas area all only accessible by boat.
 
 
Quinault Rainforest Nature Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
Do a short interpretive loop that passes a crashing creek as it heads to the ocean, gaze up at dizzyingly tall trees, and soak it all in – literally. The Quinault rainforest can average 140 inches of rain each year, so bring your gear – there will be plenty of puddles to splash in on this hike!
 
 
Big Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.98
(40 votes)
This low-key loop in the shadow of Mount Ellinor makes for a great respite on a hot summer day or a low-country winter ramble when it's rainy.
 
 
Upper Dungeness River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(11 votes)
The Upper Dungeness River trail is an easy stroll along a roaring river and among towering trees. It’s great for all ages (as long as the trail is snow- and ice-free), and the shelter at Camp Handy is a welcome and dry lunch destination on rainy days.
 
 
Fort Flagler State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(9 votes)
Fort Flagler State Park is one of five impressive military installations that were established in close proximity to protect Puget Sound from invaders during times of war.
 
 
Marmot Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3489 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(71 votes)
Marmot Pass offers great views and a gentle hike through old-growth forest as well as high meadows. It is a great day hike, but also offers a great starting place for a variety of overnight options.
 
 
Lena Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(88 votes)
The hike to Lena Lake is doable for nearly every type of hiker, and the traffic on the trail is evidence of it. A wide path switchbacks gently at first and then just a little more steeply uphill through old- and second-growth forest to a large lake ringed by silent sentinels--huge old-growth fir trees that keep watch over day hikers and campers who elect to stay overnight at this wilderness refuge.
 
 
Brown Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
A pleasant 0.8 mile loop around a beaver pond and wetland is ideal for a morning stroll or post-dinner walk while camping at Brown Creek Campground.
 
 
Pete's Creek - Colonel Bob Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 4510.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.58
(26 votes)
This peak allows for unrivaled views of the Olympic Peninsula. Located on the southwest side of the park, views include the Pacific Ocean, Grays Harbor, Lake Quinault and the Quinault River, the Olympic rainforest and Mount Olympus.
 
 
Spoon Creek Falls

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
Escape the hustle and bustle of nearby Wynoochee Lake by trekking down to the lesser-known Spoon Creek Falls. This short and sweet hike will reward you with both impressive waterfall views, and a calm (yet cold) wading pool to dip your toes.
 
 
Pine Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 1830.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.70
(10 votes)
Walk along a gentle road-to-trail conversion along beautiful old growth groves to a placid lake deep in the Lower Skokomish Valley.
 
 
Capitol State Forest - Mima Falls Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(21 votes)
The Mima Falls Loop takes hikers through young plantings, lush forest, and quiet wetlands in Olympia's Capitol State Forest. Just 30 minutes from the state capital, this is the perfect year-round waterfall hike for after work or weekends. Hike through a working forest and examine forestry practices up close.
 
 
Spruce Railroad Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
5.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(36 votes)
Hop aboard the Spruce Railroad Trail for a scenic and historic hike along the sparkling shores of massive Lake Crescent. For 5 nearly flat miles you'll saunter along one of Olympic National Park's most alluring natural features. Nine miles long, over 600 feet deep, and surrounded by steep ridges and peaks, Lake Crescent seems more like a fjord. With a microclimate of warmer and drier conditions than areas just a few miles away, this trail is a good hiking choice on an overcast afternoon.
 
 
Lower South Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(21 votes)
Venture up the Lower South Fork of the Skokomish River for an abundance of flora and fauna amid lush old growth.
 
 
Ludlow Falls Interpretive Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This is a lovely trail year-round. If you don’t live in the area, it makes an excellent quick stop if you’re in the vicinity of the Hood Canal Bridge.
 
 
Mount Washington

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3190 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(9 votes)
A strenuous class 3+ scramble in the Olympic National Forest
 
 
 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
A quiet hike through a still old-growth forested gully near Lena Lake.
 
 
Gold Mountain

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1087 ft.
Highest Point: 1687.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(10 votes)
Gold Mountain is a beautiful hike from the Gold Creek Trailhead up a logging road and across country. With spectacular views of the Hood Canal and the Olympics to the west, as well as Mount Rainier, the Cascades, and Bremerton to the east, this is a definitely a half day hike you must experience.
 
 
Miller Peninsula-Thompson Spit

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 610 ft.
Highest Point: 360.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(17 votes)
This wooded walk enters a lush ravine lined with remnant old-growth and gives way to an isolated beach with views of Protection Island.
 
 
LBA Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
4.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The LBA of LBA Park stands for Little Baseball Association, but there is much more to do than just play baseball at this urban park. There are 4 miles of gentle walking trails in the adjoining LBA Woods and more.
 
 
Marmot Pass via Upper Dungeness River Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
16.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(17 votes)
The Upper Dungeness Trail is a gateway trail. It is not only a great hike all by itself --on the way to its end at Marmot Pass it links to other high reward hikes in the northeast Olympics – Royal Basin, Goat Lake, Heather Creek, and Home Lake. From Marmot Pass one can continue to either the Upper Big Quilcene or Tubal Cain Trail.
 
 
Tubal Cain Mine to Buckhorn Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(15 votes)
Although best known for its namesake mine and the nearby aircraft wreckage, the Tubal Cain trail also offers a pleasant and scenic route to Marmot Pass, a gateway to further wanderings.
 
 
Duckabush River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(34 votes)
Explore one of the quieter Olympic Peninsula river valleys. Quiet, that is, if you don't count the Duckabush River's constant belching, crashing, and churning as it tumbles over giant boulders and squeezes through narrow rocky clefts.
 
 
Mount Walker

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2804.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(32 votes)
Approachable throughout the year, the Mount Walker trail’s average 20% grade makes it a go-to route for hikers and trail runners looking for a short, brisk tromp. (While it is also a designated stock trail, riders and pack animals rarely make an appearance.) Spring, summer, and fall the 2-mile trail is both ascended and descended by those on foot. In the winter, when the Mount Walker road is gated closed to vehicles, many will pursue the then 2.25-mile jaunt up to the north viewpoint, saunter over to the south viewpoint and then descend on the more gentle grade of the road.
 
 
Mount Townsend

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3010 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(59 votes)
Mount Townsend offers rhododendrons in May and June, wildflowers June through August, then berries in August and September and fall colors in, well, fall. Add in old growth, some tucked away waterfalls, and a windswept, turtleback summit with views north across the Strait and San Juans, west and south into and along the Olympics and east across the Sound to the Cascades, and you've got the perfect year-round hike.
 
 
Murhut Falls

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.81
(21 votes)
This short trail in the Hood Canal Ranger District on the east side of the Olympics takes hikers to a relatively unknown waterfall that delivers its reward -- a captivating 130-foot plunging waterfall -- in just under a mile.
 
 
Dungeness Recreation Area

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
3.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
This area is open to day use only
Also known as the portal to the popular Dungeness Spit, there are many equestrian and hiker friendly trails here. Situated on the bluff above the Strait of Juan De Fuca, this area boasts 67 campsites in addition to the scenic, mile-long bluff trail and excellent birdwatching.