Recreation

Wynoochee Lakeshore Trail

Olympic National Forest offers diverse recreation opportunities for day-trippers and vacationers alike. Visitors are rewarded with sounds of rushing rivers, lush rain forests, alpine wildflowers, and views of the Puget Sound from the many peaks on the Olympic mountain range.  Five wilderness areas offer solitude and a chance to experience the rich biodiversity the Olympic Peninsula is known for.    

Don't know where to go or how to get there? We've organized our information into six large areas to help you find a place on the forest for your favorite activity. These areas border Olympic National Park and follow major watershed boundaries across the forest. All areas may be accessed by Highway 101 which loops around the entire peninsula.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
All Forest Roads    Forest Roads Update
Bear Gulch Picnic Site   
Big Creek Campground Closed to Visitor 9/30/13 CLOSED for expansion and improvements until further notice
Big Creek Campground Trail #827 Closed to Visitor 3/11/2015: This trail is currently closed for campground and trail renovations. Will likely re-open summer 2015.
Big Creek Upper Loop #827.1 Closed to Visitor 4/18/15 LOOP is closed due to campground expansion construction activities. Can still hike west side of trail to Mt Ellinor Connector trail. Hiker went in about 2 miles, reports wildflowers starting to bloom and trail in good condition.
Big Spruce Trailhead    3/11/2015: Open and maintained year round.
Bogachiel - Ira Spring Wetland Trail Open to Visitor 4/2/2015: Still have some blow down on the trail. Proceed with caution.
Bogachiel Rain Forest River Trailhead Open to Visitor 4/2/2015: Still have some blow down on the trail. Proceed with caution.
Bogachiel Rain Forest Trail #825 Open to Visitor 4/2/2015: Still have some blow down on the trail. Proceed with caution.
Brown Creek Campground Open to Visitor 5/15/15: Open for the season. One accessible vault toilet is available at the Interpretive Trailhead.
Brown Creek Nature Loop Trail #877    4/1/15: Trail is open year round, in good condition.
Buckhorn Lake Trail #845 Open to Visitor 3/7/15 Patchy snow starts about a mile past Tubal Cain trailhead, never any deep snow.
Camp Creek Olympic Discovery Trailhead Open to Visitor
Campbell Tree Grove Campground Closed to Visitor 10/15/2014:Closed for the season
Church Creek Shelter Trail #870   
Church Creek Trail #871   
Coho Campground Open to Visitor Opens 5/16/15  - reservations can be made through www.recreation.gov for upcoming camping season
Collins Campground Open to Visitor 5/15/15: Open for the season
Colonel Bob Trail #851 Open to Visitor 3/11/2015: Trail is snow free. Trail is not currently maintained. Not suitable for stock. A good day hiking opportunity.
Copper Creek Trail #876 Open to Visitor 4/3/15 No recent report, no known issues.
Deadfall Trail #849 Open to Visitor 1/19/15 No snow, no issues reported
Deer Ridge Trail #846 Open to Visitor 4/20/15 Hiker reports trail is completely snow free and only small amounts at top of road. Wildflowers are starting to bloom on lower slopes of Blue Mountain.
Dry Creek Trail #872 Open to Visitor 4/3/15 No recent report
Duckabush Trail #803 Open to Visitor 4/13/2015: WTA cleared all but a few trees to the top and about a half-mile past Big Hump. Early wildflowers are blooming. Snow free. Some bugs. Still unsafe for stock. Be careful in burned areas as trees are potential hazards.
Dungeness Forks Campground Open to Visitor 5/15/15: Open for the season
Elbo Creek Trail   
Elk Lake Trail #805 Open to Visitor 1/21/15 Hiker reports one tree down, some woody debris in places
Elkhorn Dispersed Camping Area Open to Visitor Road washed out. No road access, no facilities at site.
Fairholme Olympic Discovery Trailhead   
Falls Creek Campground/Day Use Area Closed to Visitor 10/28/2014: Closed for the season.
Falls View Campground Open to Visitor 5/15/15: Open for the season
Falls View Canyon Trail #868 Open to Visitor 1/23/15 Falls are spectacular, trail has been cleared of downed trees
Fletcher Canyon Trail #857 Open to Visitor 3/11/2015: Not maintained in winter. No recent report.
Gatton Creek Campground/Day Use Area Closed to Visitor 3/11/2015: Closed for season.
Gatton Creek Trail #888 Open to Visitor 3/11/2015: Maintained year-round. This trail allows continuous trail access from the Lake Quinault Lodge to the Rain Forest Village.
Gold Creek Trail #830 Open to Visitor 3/11/2015: Forest Road 2870-230 spur road that provides access to the lower trailhead has no trailer turn-around and no trailhead parking due to slide damage.
Gorge Bridge Trailhead   
Gray Wolf Trail #834 - Lower Open to Visitor 4/18/15 Multiple trees down, able to get around or under though. Hiker reports abundant wildflowers. Trail ends at 4.2 miles due to slides and damaged bridge. No fords. Use Slab Camp Trail #838 to access trail beyond the bridge.
Gray Wolf Trail #834.2 - Upper Open to Visitor 4/3/15 No recent report, no known issues
Hamma Hamma Campground Open to Visitor 5/15/15: Open for the season
Home Lake Trail #893 Open to Visitor 4/3/15 No recent report, no known issues
Interrorem Cabin    2015: Cabin open year-round. Check Recreation.gov for availability.
Interrorem Nature Trail #804 Open to Visitor 2/3/15 In good condition, no issues.
Jefferson Lake Trail   
Jefferson Pass Trail #800    2/3/15: Cannot drive to trailhead due to slide in road, no report of trail conditions.
Jefferson Ridge Trail #808 Open to Visitor 3/11/2015: There is a boulder on the access road to the trailhead. Wider vehicles may not be able to get past. 
Klahanie Campground Closed to Visitor 9/29/2014: Campground closed for the season.
Klahowya Campground Open to Visitor 5/14/2015: Open. Flush toilets available Memorial Day Weekend.
Kloshe Nanitch Observation Site/Trailhead Open to Visitor 10/22/2014: Observation deck open! Expect some work at site through Spring 2015.
Kloshe Nanitch Trail #882.1    9/1/2014: Trail maintained.
Kloshe Nanitch Trailhead   
Lake Quinault Lodge    Lake Quinault Lodge is available year round. Call 1(800) 562 6672 or visit: www.visitlakequinault.com.
Lebar Horse Camp Open to Visitor 5/15/15: Open for the season
Lena Creek Campground Open to Visitor 5/15/15: Open for the season
Lena Lake Campground Open to Visitor 9/30/14: Open year-round
Lena Lake Trail #810 Open to Visitor 4/18/15 Trail in good condition. Hikers report trail is snow free.
Little Quilcene Trail #835 Open to Visitor 2/3/15 No recent reports, would not expect much snow
Littleton Horse Camp Open to Visitor 4/7/2015: Open.
Living Legacy Interpretive Trail   
Lower Big Quilcene Trail #833 Open to Visitor 2/28/15 Trail in quite good condition
Lower Dungeness Trail #833.3 Open to Visitor 3/11/2015: Forest Road 2870-230 spur road that provides access to the lower trailhead has no trailer turn-around and no trailhead parking due to slide damage. Expect trail to be muddy with multiple down trees. There is a significant slide 1.5 miles from the lower trailhead. Proceed with extreme caution.
Lower Pete's Creek Trail #858.1 Open to Visitor 3/11/2015: Not maintained in winter season. Snow free.
Mildred Lakes Trail #822 Open to Visitor 3/9/2015: No snow until about 3800' towards the top, near the first Mildred Lake. No downed trees along trail. Largest stream crossing has downed wood for fording, no wading needed.
Mt. Ellinor Trail #812 Open to Visitor 4/20/15 Snow on the summit, but not much on actual trail. Hikers are using summer route to summit. Snow does make it slick on the rocky parts, wear proper hiking boots and take it easy. Spring conditions can change very fast – be prepared.
Mt. Jupiter Trail #809 Open to Visitor 1/30/15 Gate on access road remains closed, but ok to park there to access trailhead, please don't block the gate.
Mt. Muller Trail #882 Open to Visitor 9/21/2013: All work has been completed on the tie with the Olympic Discovery Trail into the Mt. Muller Trail.
Mt. Rose Trail #814 Open to Visitor 4/15/15 Trail in good condition. Hiker reports snow at summit, but no need for spikes.
Mt. Townsend Trail #839 Open to Visitor 4/19/15 Trail in great condition. Hiker reports very little snow and few muddy spots near summit.
Mt. Walker Trail #894 Open to Visitor 4/3/2015: Trail is open year round though road is gated in winter. Trail in good condition.
Mt. Walker Viewpoint    4/14/15: Road to top is now open. Trail is steep. You may also walk, X-country ski or snowshoe up the road in winter.
Mt. Zion Trail #836 Open to Visitor 4/3/15 In good shape, one tree down, easy to get around.
Murhut Falls Trail #828 Open to Visitor 4/4/15 Trail in good condition. Hiker reports good water flow at falls.
Ned Hill Trail #837 Open to Visitor 4/3/15 No recent report, no known issues, little used trail.
Notch Pass Trail #831 Open to Visitor 12/7/14 Hiker reports trail in great shape except for one downed tree which is passable
Pete's Creek Trail #858 Open to Visitor 3/11/2015: Snow free. Not maintained during winter season.
Pete's Creek Trailhead    3/11/2015: Not maintained during winter season.
Pioneer's Path Nature Trail #884   
Putvin Trail #813 Open to Visitor 3/16/15 Two dozen or so trees down on tail, all manageable. Snow begins around 4000 feet.
Quinault Loop Trail #854 Open to Visitor 3/11/2015: Open year-round.
Quinault Rain Forest Nature Trail #855 Open to Visitor 3/11/2015: Open year-round and maintained. 
Ranger Hole Trail #824 Open to Visitor 4/3/15 In good condition, easily accessed
Royal Creek Trail #832 Open to Visitor 3/15/15 Trailhead is accessible
Seal Rock Campground Open to Visitor 4/23/2015: Open for the season
Seal Rock Interpretive Trail Sites    10/29/2014: Seasonal access: When the campground is closed in winter, the parking area is gated off about a 1000 feet from trailhead parking.
Silver Lakes Trail #842 Open to Visitor 4/19/15 Trail in good condition. One tree 8" to 9" diameter across trail. Hiker reports snow 3/4 from lake, slick in areas. Lake still frozen but starting to thaw.
Skokomish Lower South Fork Trail #873 Open to Visitor 3/14/15 Hiker went in about 5 miles, two of the creek crossings required some fancy footwork
Skokomish Upper South Fork Trail #873 Open to Visitor 6/9/14: First creek crossing reported to be tricky, second footbridge is broken
Slab Camp Trail #838 Open to Visitor 2/3/15 No recent report.
  • Users are unable to access the lower portion of Gray Wolf Trail #834 due to a slide about 1 mile north of the Slab Camp  junction with the Gray Wolf Trail.
Sleepy Hollow ExtensionTrailhead Open to Visitor 2/3/15 No recent report, trailhead is accessible.
Sleepy Hollow Trail #852 Open to Visitor 1/30/15: Trail is open
Snow Creek Trail #890 Open to Visitor 2/3/15 Trailhead difficult to find, look for flagging. Trail in good condition
Spider Lake Loop Trail #879    4/7/2015: No current report
Spoon Creek Falls Trail #885   
The Brothers Trail #821 Open to Visitor 4/19/15 Hiker reports trail in decent shape, a few spots where erosion has shifted trail route. After camp at 3 mile point, trail is overgrown.
Three O'Clock Ridge Trail   
Tubal Cain Trail #840 Open to Visitor 3/15/15 Trail in pretty good shape, a few blowdowns.
Tunnel Creek Trail #841 Open to Visitor 4/4/15 Hiker reports snow in the area of the shelter and used traction devices for icy patches. About 2-3'' of snow in the pass and a dozen downed trees along the trail, all easily navigable.
Upper Big Quilcene Trail #833 Open to Visitor 3/26/15: Hikers report a foot or so of snow before the pass, trail easily followed though. Spring flowers starting.
Upper Dungeness Trail #833.2 Open to Visitor 4/3/15 No recent report, can drive to trailhead
West Fork Humptulips Trail #806 Open to Visitor 3/11/2015: Not maintained in winter season. No recent report.
Willaby Campground/Day Use Area Open to Visitor Open year round. Online reservation only at recreation.gov.
Willaby Creek Trail Open to Visitor 3/11/2015: Not maintained in winter season.
Working Forest Interpretive Trail   
Wynoochee Lake Shore Trail #878 Open to Visitor 1/2/14 Lake level is low, some down trees on trail
Wynoochee Pass Trail #874    1/7/14 No recent report. Trailhead is behind closed wildlife gate.