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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Forks areaDungeness areaNorth Hood CanalSouth Hood CanalWynoochee areaQuinault areaOlympic National Park

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
All Forest Roads    Forest Roads Update
Big Creek Campground Closed to Visitor 9/30/13 CLOSED for expansion and improvements - projected opening spring 2015
Big Creek Campground Trail #827 Closed to Visitor
Big Creek Upper Loop #827.1 & #827.2 Closed to Visitor 3/17/14 LOOP is closed due to campground expansion construction activities. Can still hike west side of trail to Mt Ellinor Connector trail
Bogachiel Rain Forest Trail #825 Open to Visitor
Bogachiel River Wetland Trail Open to Visitor
Brown Creek Campground Closed to Visitor 9/29/2014: Campground is closed except for sites 1 - 6, which are open year round. One accessible vault toilet is available at the Interpretive Trailhead.
Brown Creek Nature Loop Trail #877    10/29/2014: Trail is open year round.
Buckhorn Lake Trail #845 Open to Visitor 12/26/14 No recent report, no known issues
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 10/29/2014: Open until Nov. 15, 2014.
Collins Campground Closed to Visitor 9/29/2014: Closed for the season
Colonel Bob Trail #851 Open to Visitor 9/4-6/12 No access to trailhead due to closure of FS Road 2204 7/27/12: The initial phase to remove logs from the trail is complete. The trail is extremely difficult. Not suitable for stock. Maintained, 1.3 miles, trail rough in places, good day hike.
Copper Creek Trail #876 Open to Visitor 2/3/15 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 12/26/14 No recent report, no known issues
Dry Creek Trail #872 Open to Visitor 2/3/15 No recent report
Duckabush Trail #803 Open to Visitor 1/17/2015: Trail is clear to lower viewpoint on Big Hump. Trail is blocked by downed trees and slide debris beyond Lunch Rock.
Dungeness Forks Campground Closed to Visitor 9/29/2014: Closed 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 Campground Closed to Visitor Road washed out. No road access, no facilities at site.
Fairholme Olympic Discovery Trailhead   
Falls Creek Campground Closed to Visitor 10/28/2014: Closed for the season.
Falls View Campground Closed to Visitor 9/29/2014: Closed 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 10/1/12: Not maintained. No recent report.
Gatton Creek Campground/Picnic Area Closed to Visitor 12/2014: Closed for season.
Gatton Creek Trail #888 Open to Visitor Maintained, trail allows continuous trail access from the Lake Quinault Lodge to the Rain Forest Village.
Gold Creek Trail #830 Open to Visitor 12/26/14 Do not drive down the access road to parking area! Expect trail to be muddy
Gray Wolf Trail #834 - Lower Open to Visitor 1/18/15 Some trees down, able to get around though. (Note: 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 12/26/14 No recent report, no known issues
Hamma Hamma Campground Closed to Visitor 9/29/2014: Closed for the season
Home Lake Trail #893 Open to Visitor 12/26/14 No recent report, no known issues
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 2/3/15 No recent report
Klahanie Campground Closed to Visitor 9/29/2014: Campground closed for the season.
Klahowya Campground Closed to Visitor 10/22/2014: Closed for the season.
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 9/29/2014 Closed for the season
Lena Creek Campground Closed to Visitor 9/29/2014: Closed for the season
Lena Lake Campground Open to Visitor 9/30/14: Open year-round
Lena Lake Trail #810 Open to Visitor 1/11/15 Portions of the trail are damaged and there is a fallen tree across the first bridge that is partially blocking.
Little Quilcene Trail #835 Open to Visitor 2/3/15 No recent reports, would not expect much snow
Littleton Horse Camp Open to Visitor Vehicle Parking Spur Sites are reserved for stock use until 6:00 pm. Walk-in sites are 'First Come First Serve' for all users. 
Living Legacy Interpretive Trail   
Lower Big Quilcene Trail #833 Open to Visitor 1/21/15 Trail in quite good condition, a few wet crossings
Lower Dungeness Trail #833.3 Open to Visitor 12/26/14 Do not drive down the access road to parking area! Expect trail to be muddy, hikers accessed from southern TH, found multiple trees down, large slide about 1.5 miles in that took out trail
Lower Pete's Creek Trail #858.1 Open to Visitor 6/2/12: Cleared, brushed and stock accessible.
Mildred Lakes Trail #822 Open to Visitor 2/3/15 No recent report, can drive to trailhead
Mt. Ellinor Trail #812 Open to Visitor 2/3-4/15 No access to UPPER trailhead due to road work on the 2419-014, must use lower trailhead. Hikers are using summer route to summit.
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 2/3/15 No recent report
Mt. Townsend Trail #839 Open to Visitor 1/30/15 Hiker reports very little snow, can get to summit in hiking boots!
Mt. Walker Trail #894 Open to Visitor 1/12/2015: Trail is open year round though road is gated in winter. Some blowdown on lower half of trail, but all are passable.
Mt. Walker Viewpoint    1/12/2015: Road to top is gated but the challenging trail is open year round. Trail is steep. You may also walk, X-country ski or snowshoe up the road in winter.
Mt. Zion Trail #836 Open to Visitor 1/24/15 In good shape, one tree down, easy to get around.
Murhut Falls Trail #828 Open to Visitor 2/3/15 No recent report, no known issues
Ned Hill Trail #837 Open to Visitor 12/26/14 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 8/28/2012: Trail maintained from Pete's Creek Trailhead (FSR 2204) to summit and junction to Mulkey Shelter.  Trail is NOT PASSABLE between South Shore Road and Mulkey Shelter.
Pioneer's Path Nature Trail #884   
Putvin Trail #813 Open to Visitor 2/3/15 No recent report, can access trailhead
Pyramid Peak Trail #886 Open to Visitor
Quinault Loop Trail #854 Open to Visitor Maintained, the trail is passable to hikers.
Quinault Rain Forest Nature Trail #855 Open to Visitor 10/29/2014: Nov. 17-22, Quinault Rain Forest Trail will be subject to closure between the Rainforest Trailhead and Willaby Campground. This is due to drilling taking place to install a well.
Ranger Hole Trail #824 Open to Visitor 1/30/15 In good condition, easily accessed
Royal Creek Trail #832 Open to Visitor 12/26/14 No recent report, no known issues
Seal Rock Campground Closed to Visitor 9/29/14: Closed 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 2/3/15 No recent report
Skokomish Lower South Fork Trail #873 Open to Visitor 1/25/15 Hiker reports no issues to Camp Comfort, other than some wet crossings
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 Trail #852 Open to Visitor 1/30/15: Trail is open
Sleepy Hollow Trailhead Open to Visitor 2/3/15 No recent report, trailhead is accessible.
Snider Jackson Trail #883   
Snow Creek Trail #890 Open to Visitor 2/3/15 Trailhead difficult to find, look for flagging. Trail in good condition
Spoon Creek Falls Trail #885   
The Brothers Trail #821   
Three O'Clock Ridge Trail   
Tubal Cain Trail #840 Open to Visitor 2/3/15 No recent report, can drive to trailhead.
Tunnel Creek Trail #841 Open to Visitor 1/11/15 Hiker reports making it to 5050 Pass, only 1' of snow past the lake
Upper Big Quilcene Trail #833 Open to Visitor 1/18/15 Hiker reports very light snow at Shelter Rock, trail in good shape
Upper Dungeness Trail #833.2 Open to Visitor 2/3/15 No recent report, can drive to trailhead
West Fork Humptulips Trail #806 Open to Visitor 6/9/2012: Maintained 11.0 miles from Gorge Bridge Trailhead to Campbell Tree Grove Campground. Stock accessible.
Willaby Campground Open to Visitor Open year round. Online reservation only at recreation.gov.
Willaby Creek Trail Open to Visitor Not maintained - 3 logs over trail but passable for hikers. Beyond Willaby Creek crossing at Milepost 1.3, there is extensive trail damage and numerous large blowdown trees over the trail. Route finding to the Big Cedar Tree is difficult and hiking beyond that point is not recommended.
Working Forest Interpretive Trail   
Wynoochee Lake Shore Trail #878 Open to Visitor 1/2/14 Lake level is low, some down trees on trail