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.  

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Recreation areas

We've organized our information into six large areas to help you find a place on the forest for your visit. These areas follow major watershed boundaries across the forest and all areas are 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
Big Creek Campground Closed to Visitor 9/30/13 CLOSED for expansion and improvements until further notice
Big Creek Campground Trail #827 Open to Visitor 11/23/15 Trail is open. Access is currently via temporary trailhead located just west of Big Creek on FS Road 24. Trailhead marked with post wrapped in flagging. Hike temp trail to Big Creek Upper Loop, then turn right to get to Big Creek Campground trail.
Big Creek Upper Loop #827.1 Open to Visitor 11/23/15 Trail is open. Access via temporary trailhead just west of Big Creek on FS Road 24. Trailhead marked with post wrapped in flagging.
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 Closed to Visitor 9/21/15: Closed for the season, except for the 6 sites near the river that are open all year. No water. 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
Camp Creek Olympic Discovery Trailhead Open to Visitor
Campbell Tree Grove Campground Closed to Visitor 10/5/2015: Closed for the season.
Church Creek Shelter Trail #870    10/14/15 Cannot drive to trailhead due to wildlife gate closure (Oct.1 to April 30)on FS Road 2361 at junction with FS Road 23.
Church Creek Trail #871   
Coho Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season. Opens May 2016.
Collins Campground Closed to Visitor 9/21/15: Closed for the season
Colonel Bob Trail #851 Open to Visitor 3/11/2015: 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
Deer Ridge Trail #846 Open to Visitor
Dry Creek Trail #872 Open to Visitor 10/14/15 Cannot drive to West Trailhead due to wildlife gate closure (Oct.1 to April 30)on FS Road 2353 at LeBar Horse Camp.
Duckabush Trail #803 Open to Visitor 2/03/2016: Forest Service strongly discourages use of this trail on Saturday Feb. 13th due to trail maintenance which can create potential hazards. Trail nearly impassable beyond Big Hump due to high quantity of fallen trees. Be careful in burned areas as trees are potential hazards.
Dungeness Forks Campground Closed to Visitor 9/21/15: Closed for the season
Elbo Creek Trail   
Elk Lake Trail #805 Open to Visitor 10/28/2015: Hiker reports trail from Lower Elk Lake Trailhead to Jefferson Ridge Road as clear/maintained. 
Elkhorn Dispersed Camping Area Open to Visitor 9/21/2015: Road washed out. No road access, no facilities at site. Pack it OUT.
Fairholme Olympic Discovery Trailhead   
Falls Creek Campground/Day Use Area Open to Visitor 9/30/2015: Still open. Call Quinault office for possible closure dates.
Falls View Campground Closed to Visitor 9/21/15: Closed for the season
Falls View Canyon Trail #868 Open to Visitor 8/23/15 Great short trail, in good condition
Fletcher Canyon Trail #857 Open to Visitor 11/24/2015: Not maintained in winter. No recent report.
Gatton Creek Campground/Day Use Area Closed to Visitor 9/30/2015: Closed for the season. Opens next May.
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 12/09/15 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 Closed to Visitor 9/21/15: Closed 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 9/3/15 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 8/27/2015: Closed for the season.
Klahowya Campground Closed to Visitor 9/30/2015: Closed for 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 Closed to Visitor 9/21/15: Closed for the season
Lena Creek Campground Closed to Visitor 9/21/15: Closed for the season
Lena Lake Campground Open to Visitor 9/21/2015: Open. Pack out all trash and belongings. Leave No Trace. Respect other visitors.
Lena Lake Trail #810 Open to Visitor 2/10/16 Trail in good condition, mostly snow free.
Little Quilcene Trail #835 Open to Visitor 7/30/15 No known issues
Littleton Horse Camp Open to Visitor 9/30/2015: Open. Please Leave No Trace.
Living Legacy Interpretive Trail Open to Visitor 6/9/2015: Mt Rose Trail Crew renovated the short accessible section of this trail.
Lower Big Quilcene Trail #833 Open to Visitor 2/03/2016 Trail in good condition for first 4 miles. Hikers report heavy tree blow-down across trail 4 miles from lower trailhead, and 2 miles from upper trailhead.
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 11/24/2015: Not maintained in winter season.
Mildred Lakes Trail #822 Open to Visitor
Mt. Ellinor Trail #812 Open to Visitor 1/5/16 Several feet of snow over the entire length of the trail. Upper and Lower TH are inaccessible.Access is via Big Creek Loop trail.
Mt. Jupiter Trail #809 Open to Visitor 10/22/15 Wildlife gate on Mt. Jupiter Road is closed until 5/1/16.Can park at gate and hike or bike 2.5 miles to trailhead.
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 1/5/16 Trail in excellent condition. Lower portion of trail is icy. Several feet of snow on upper half of trail.
Mt. Townsend Trail #839 Open to Visitor 02/09/16 Snow and ice along entire trail. Difficult to follow due to heavy snow coverage.
Mt. Walker Trail #894 Open to Visitor 2/9/2016: Trail is open year round. Road is now gated for the winter. Can park at gate and hike road about 1/4 mile to trailhead. Trail in good shape and snow free.
Mt. Walker Viewpoint    11/09/15: Road to top is now closed. Trail is steep. You may also walk, X-country ski or snowshoe up the road in winter.
Mt. Zion Trail #836 Open to Visitor 7/30/15 In good shape, no known issues.
Murhut Falls Trail #828 Open to Visitor 1/5/16 Trail in good condition.
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 2/9/16 Trail in good condition. Mostly snow free.
Pete's Creek Trail #858 Open to Visitor 11/24/2015: Not maintained during winter season.
Pete's Creek Trailhead    11/24/2015: Not maintained during winter season.
Pioneer's Path Nature Trail #884   
Putvin Trail #813 Open to Visitor
Quinault Loop Trail #854 Open to Visitor 11/24/2015: 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 2/9/16 In good condition, easily accessed
Royal Creek Trail #832 Open to Visitor 3/15/15 Trailhead is accessible
Seal Rock Campground Closed to Visitor 9/21/15: Closed for the season
Seal Rock Interpretive Trail Sites    8/27/2015: Seasonal access is open. 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 10/23/15 Trail in excellent condition. Limited sun exposure this time of year so prepare for cold temperature and possible ice on trail.
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 10/14/15 Cannot drive to trailhead due to wildlife gate closure (Oct.1 to April 30)on FS Road 2361 at junction with FS Road 23. 6/9/14: First creek crossing reported to be tricky, second footbridge is broken
Slab Camp Trail #838 Open to Visitor 12/09/15 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 9/3/15 No recent report, trailhead is accessible.
Sleepy Hollow Trail #852 Open to Visitor 8/30/15: 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    11/22/2015: Two large blown-down trees over the northeast portion of the trail require hiking around. No snow.
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 11/09/2015 Hiker reported 12-18" of snow at Marmot Pass.
Tunnel Creek Trail #841 Open to Visitor
Upper Big Quilcene Trail #833 Open to Visitor 11/09/15 Hiker reported 12 -18" of snow at Marmot Pass.
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 11/24/2015: The West Fork Humptullips Trail Bridge at Milepost 2.2 is now open for stock use.
Willaby Campground/Day Use Area Open to Visitor 11/30/2015: Adjacent to Quinault Lake. Open year round. Online reservation only at recreation.gov.
Willaby Creek Trail Open to Visitor 11/24/2015: 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    11/23/15 No recent report. Trailhead is behind closed wildlife gate.