Olympic National Forest

Long Hikes

Mt. Rose Trail #814 . . . Wilderness trail adopted by volunteer group -- lots of interest
Tunnel Creek Trail #841 . . . Deep and narrow canyon.
Mt. Townsend Trail #839 . . . Some of the best views of the Olympics.
Jupiter Ridge Trail #809 . . . Gradually climbs the ridgeline with views of the Duckabush Valley, Mt. Jupiter, The Brothers, and Hood Canal
Dry Creek Trail #872 . . . Rough going into old growth forest
Mount Muller Trail # #882 . . . Moderately difficult climb to Snider Ridge
Lower South Fork - Skokomish Trail #873 . . . A wonderful trail paralleling South Fork Skokomish River -- good chance to see elk
Lower Big Quilcene Trail #833 . . . Easy, multi-use trail open for all takers.
Big Quilcene Trail #833 . . . High country views. Motorized vehicles and bikes prohibited after this point.
Gray Wolf Trail #834 . . . Junction with Slab Camp Trail.
Dungeness Trail #833 . . . Access to Dungeness River.
Tubal Cain Trail #840 . . . Views of old mines, along with the Olympics
Gold Creek Trail #830 . . . Steep, multi-use trail

Mt. Rose Trail #814

The trail is in the Mt. Skokomish Wilderness and has been adopted by a dedicated volunteer group and thus receives maintenance year round. The trail is extremely steep and is very hard on the legs coming down; please use caution. Some views of Lake Cushman, Prospect Ridge, Dow Mountain, and Lightening Peak, may be seen on the ascent. The trail travels through a quiet, old growth forest and from the ridge loop trail, views of Bear Gulch Valley, Mt. Ellinor, Mt. Washington, Mt. Pershing, and the distant Huckleberry drainage may be seen. Ice axe (when snow is present), good hiking boots and the ten essentials are highly recommended. Fires above 3,000 feet elevation and groups consisting of more than 12 people are prohibited within the wilderness.

Location and Access: Travel Highway 101 to Hoodsport. Turn onto State Route 119 and travel 9.0 miles to the junction with F.S. Road #24. Turn left and drive approximately 3.0 miles.

Facilities at Trailhead : Small parking area just off of F.S. Road #24, toilet. No potable water.

Opportunities: Day hiking, wildlife observation, climbing, and fantastic views at the summit.

Level of Difficulty: Most Difficult.

Trail LengthMilesElevation

Trailhead on abandoned
road bed on North
side ofFS #240.0800'

National Forest Boundary 0.41,000'

Mt. Skokomish Wilderness
Boundary1.12,000'

Jct. of summit/ridge
looptrails1.82,600'

Summit Mt. Rose
(via leftsummit route) 2.94,300'

Ridge Loop trail
back tosummit/ridge
loop jct4.62,600'

Back to trailhead 6.4 800'

Recommended Season: Mid-Spring Summer Fall Mid-Winter

Tunnel Creek Trail #841
Trailhead: 12 miles south of Quilcene on FS Road 2740.
Length: 7.6 miles Grade: 20% Elevation: 2600-5050-500'
Activities: Deep and narrow canyon; higher areas around Harrison and Karnes Lakes. Fishing opportunities. Vistas visible at high elevations. Steep descent on Dosewallips side. Pack and saddle stock not recommended.
Facilities: Use existing campsites. Water may be scarce. Boil all water before using.
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles and mountain bicycles prohibited.
Level of Difficulty: Most difficult.

Mt. Townsend Trail #839
Trailhead: 15 miles west of Quilcene on FS Road 2760.
Length: 6.7 miles Grade: 0-20% Elevation: 2850-6200'
Activities: Views are some of the best in the Olympics. Wildflower viewing outstanding. Intersects Little Quilcene Trail and Silver Lakes Trail.
Facilities: Use existing campsites. Water can be scarce. Boil all water before using. Pack and saddle stock are permitted.
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles and mountain bicycles prohibited.
Level of Difficulty: More difficult

Jupiter Ridge Trail #809
The trail gradually climbs the ridgeline with views of the Duckabush Valley, Mt. Jupiter, The Brothers, and Hood Canal. The trail switchbacks about eight times up the ridge through salal and rhododendrons to the side of the ridge and then climbs less steeply toward the summit of Mt. Jupiter. After five miles, the trail becomes rougher and more open. From the ridgeline, the Jupiter Lakes are visible below. From the summit of Mt. Jupiter, the Olympic Mountains are seen as well as Puget Sound. The best views of Rainier, Adams, and St. Helens are seen on the return hike. The trail is easily followed and not rough until the final 1.5 miles. Routes to Jupiter Lakes are not formally established and hikers must scramble (900 foot drop in elevation) down to the lakes. Fires above 3,500 feet elevation and groups consisting of more than 12 people and/or 8 livestock are prohibited within the Wilderness. Bring plenty of water with you -- there is none along the trail.

Location and Access: Travel Highway 101 to Rd. #2610-010 (Mt. Jupiter Rd.), approximately 22 miles north of Hoodsport. Follow Rd. 2610-010 for 2.5 miles to the junction with Rd. #2610-011 (the left fork). Just north of the intersection is a wildlife gate. This gate is locked from October 1 to May 1 and during times of high fire danger. When the gate is locked you must hike the 011 spur 2.5 miles to the trail and the trailhead. The trail takes off to the left. Road 2610-010 is steep, winding, and can be rough in places. Trailers are not possible under any circumstance due to the rough roads and difficulty in turning around. The road may be difficult to follow in places due to recent logging on State and Private land.

Facilities at Trailhead: There is a small parking area (No trailers or R.V.'s). No toilet or potable water.

Level of Difficulty: Most difficult

Trail Length Miles Elevation

Trailhead 0.02000'

National Forest Boundary 1.02850'

The Brothers Wilderness 5.63950'

Summit, Mt. Jupiter 7.15701'

Jupiter Lakes 7.2 4500'

Opportunities: Backpacking, fishing, day hiking, scenery, camping.

Recommended Season: Mid-Spring to mid-Fall

Dry Creek Trail #872
Dry Creek trail receives limited maintenance during the summer months. The first section of trail meanders through the woods and along the lake shore to a viewpoint where Mt. Rose is visible. The trail then turns and begins to climb to a junction with a lake access trail (keep right). The trail then follows an abandoned and overgrown road to a campsite near the Dry Creek crossing. Once you cross the log foot bridge you will bear to the right and begin to climb steeply before entering an old growth forest. The trail continues to climb until the pass between Dry Mountain and Prospect Ridge. At this point the trail levels out and then descends to FS Rd. #2363-200.

Location and Access: Travel Highway 101 to Hoodsport. Turn onto State Route 119 and travel 9.0 miles to the junction with FS Rd. #24. Turn left and travel 6.0 miles to FS Rd. #2451. Turn left and drive across the causeway over the North Fork Skokomish River. Drive approximately 100 yards and the trailhead will be located on the left side of the road.

Facilities at Trailhead : There is a large area on the roadside for parking. The beginning of the trail is gated (private property), so please don't park in front of the gate. There are no facilities at the trailhead. Water and toilets are available at Staircase Campground in the Olympic National Park.

Opportunities: Day hiking, backpacking, wildlife observation, and scenery.

Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Trail Length Mile Elevation

Trailhead 0.0750'

End of private road 0.4750'

Jct w/ lake
access trail1.4907'

Dry Creek crossing
Foot Log Bridge,
switchbacks begin 4.21543'

Dry Mountain/Prospect
Ridge pass 6.53700'

End of trail
(FS Rd. #2353-200) 7.03200'

Recommended Season. Spring Summer Fall

Mount Muller Trail # #882
From a lush temperate forest valley, the trail climbs 2,200 feet in 3 miles to Snider Ridge. It weaves 4 miles through the cover of Douglas-fir trees on the north side of the ridge, and along rocky points and high elevation meadows to the south.

The trail rolls and meanders along the ridge top offering spectacular views along the way. Mt. Olympus, Lake Crescent, and the Strait of Juan de fuca are all part of the panoramic views from the trail between Jim's Junction and Mosley Gap.

From Mosley Gap (MP 7.4), the trail descends to the valley floor through unique boulder formations, ferns, vine maple, and overhanging moss.

The loop trail returns to the trailhead through beautiful stands of maple, Douglas-fir and western hemlock as it parallels Highway 101 for 2.8 miles. The entire loop trail is 12.8 miles in length.

Location and Access : Travel Highway 101 to F.S. Road #3071, approximately 24 miles east of Forks and 31 miles west of Port Angeles. Watch for Mount Muller signs on Highway 101.

Facilities at Trailhead : Trailhead is located 1/8 mile on the right side of Road #3071 and has toilet, information board and ample parking Nearby stream serves as stock water source.

Level of Difficulty : More Difficult

Trail Length Miles Elevation

(Loop trail, traveling
north to ridge top)
Trailhead 0.01,000'

Jim's Junction 3.03,200'

Mount Muller 5.33,748'

Panorama Point 5.53,550'

Cahill Overlook 7.03,000'

Mosley Gap 7.4 2,850'

Fouts Rock House 8.62,000'

Hutch Creek
(water stock) 10.0 1,200'

Trailhead 12.81,000'

Closures: Trail is closed to motorized vehicles.

Recommended Season: Spring Summer Fall Winter

Caution : Be sure to carry adequate drinking water, and be prepared for bad weather (wind and rain) by carrying rain gear and warm clothing. The flower meadows along the ridge top are very fragile. Please stay on the trail. Tether stock in designated areas only or in the trees below the meadows.

Lower South Fork
Skokomish Trail #873

The trail meanders through ancient forest and parallels the South Fork Skokomish River. Points of interest include the old LeBar Claim, Church Creek Shelter and Harps Shelter.

Olympic Elk (Roosevelt) can be observed throughout the river basin provided one is quiet and does not approach too closely.

Location and Access: Located 22 mi. northwest of Shelton in the Skokomish River Recreation Area. Travel Highway 101 to the Skokomish Valley Road 6 mi. north of Shelton, 7 mi. south of Hoodsport. Turn west on the Valley road and drive about 5 mi. to the junction with FS Rd. #23. Turn right and proceed for 9.0 miles to FS road #2353. Turn right onto FS road #2353 and drive 1.0 mile to the trailhead.

Facilities at Trailhead: Toilets and potable water are available at Brown Creek Campground. There is parking available for 7 vehicles. There is a horse camp area near Brown Creek Campground.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate.

Opportunities: Day hiking, Camping, wildlife observation, stock packing, mountain bike riding, wildlife viewing and bird watching are available.

Trail Length Miles Elevation

Trailhead0.0 800'

Access trail
off Rd 1200.5 850'

LeBar Claim - enter1.4870'

Church Creek Shelter8.3950'

Big Bridge9.51,070'

Harps Shelter Trail(So.)9.7 1,200'

Harps Shelter Trail (North)10.0 1,250'

F.S. Road #2361
and Upper So. Fork
Trailhead10.31,250'

Recommended Season: All year

General Information: This trail receives yearly maintenance and is in good condition throughout it's length. The Lower South Fork Trail is 10.3 miles long and it ties in to the Upper South Fork Trail about 0.3. mile northwest of Harps Shelter.

Lower Big Quilcene Trail #833
Trailhead: 7 miles south of Quilcene on FS Road 2700-080.
Length: 6.2 miles Grade: 10-15% Elevation: 1200-2500'
Activities: Typical northwest forest along Big Quilcene River. Trail ends at Big Quilcene Trailhead. Pack and saddle stock, motorized vehicles and mountain bicycles are encouraged.
Facilities: Camp at Bark Shanty, Camp Jolley and Ten Mile Shelter. Boil all water before using.
Restrictions: None
Level of Difficulty: Easiest

Big Quilcene Trail #833
Trailhead: 16 miles west of Quilcene on FS Road 2750.
Length: 5.3 miles Grade: 30% maximum Elevation: 2500-6000'
Activities: River access. High country views. Junctions Tubal Cain Trail, Home Lake Trail and Dungeness Trail. Pack and saddle stock permitted.
Facilities: Camping at Ten Mile Shelter at trailhead, Shelter Rock Camp, Camp Mystery and Marmot Pass. Boil all water before using.
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles and mountain bicycles prohibited.
Level of Difficulty: More difficult.

Gray Wolf Trail #834
Trailhead: 13 miles southwest of Sequim on FS Road 2870.
Length: 9.1 miles Grade: 0-15% Elevation: 1250-2000'
Activities: Gray Wolf River in typical Olympic Rain Forest terrain. River ford at junction with Slab Camp Trail. Continues in Olympic National Park. Pack and saddle stock are permitted.
Facilities: Camp in existing sites. Fishing access. Boil all water before using.
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles and mountain bicycles prohibited. Pets, weapons and vehicles not allowed in Olympic National Park.
Level of Difficulty: More difficult.

Dungeness Trail #833
Trailhead: 21 miles south of Sequim on FS Road 2860.
Length: 8.1 miles Grade: 10-15% - Elevation: 2500-6000'
Activities: Dungeness River access. High country views. Junctions Home Lake, Royal Creek, Tubal Cain and Big Quilcene Trails. Ends at Marmot Pass. Pack and saddle stock permitted.
Facilities: Camping at trailhead, Camp Handy and existing campsites. Boil all water before using.
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles and mountain bicycles prohibited.
Level of Difficulty: More difficult

Tubal Cain Trail #840
Trailhead: 25 miles south of Sequim on FS Road 2860
Length: 8.6 miles Grade: 8-15% Elevation: 3300-6000
Activities: Remains of historic Tubal Cain and Tull City copper and manganese mines, views of Olympic Mountains, Copper Creek Valley and high peaks. Junctions with Big Quilcene Trail #833 at Marmot Pass. Pack and saddle stock are permitted.
Facilities: Silver Creek Shelter 400 ft. from trailhead. Water scarce. Boil all water before using.
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles and mountain bicycles prohibited.
Level of Difficulty: More difficult.

Gold Creek Trail #830
Trailhead: 12.5 miles south of Sequim on FS Road 2860.
Length: 6.4 miles Grade: Exceeds 20% Elevation: 1250-3300'
Activities: Heavily wooded steep trail. Intersects Tubal Cain Trail. Motorized vehicles, mountain bicycles and pack and saddle stock are permitted with ford at Gold Creek. .
Facilities: Camping at Gold Creek Shelter and existing sites. Water is scarce. Boil all water before using.
Restrictions: None
Level of Difficulty: More difficult.


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Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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