Recreation

Icy falls in winter in Wynoochee area.

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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Olympic National Forest recreation area vicinity map.

Forks areaDungeness areaNorth Hood CanalSouth Hood CanalWynoochee areaQuinault areaOlympic National Park

Recreation areas

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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 logging associated with campground expansion. Can still hike west side of trail to Mt Ellinor Connector trail
Bogachiel Rain Forest River Trailhead Open to Visitor
Brown Creek Campground Closed to Visitor 9/30/13 CLOSED except for 6 year round sites - no water
Brown Creek Nature Loop Trail #877   
Buckhorn Lake Trail #845 Open to Visitor 1/7/14 No recent report, no known issues
Camp Creek Olympic Discovery Trailhead Open to Visitor
Campbell Tree Grove Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Coho Campground Closed to Visitor 11/16/13 CLOSED for the season, reserve sites for next camping season at www.recreation.gov
Collins Campground Closed to Visitor 9/30/13 CLOSED for the season. Opening on 5/16/14
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 3/30/14 Trail in good shape other than two large blowdowns that hikers crawled under
Deadfall Trail #849 Open to Visitor 3/7/14 No recent report, alternative route to Mt Zion.
Deer Ridge Trail #846 Open to Visitor 3/9/14 Patches of snow, foot deep at Park boundary, 2 trees down, easy to get across
Dry Creek Trail #872 Open to Visitor 1/29/14: Hiker reports number of blowdown between creek and LeBar creek, small patches of snow at 3400'. Causeway gate open, trailhead access down private gated road by foot only.
Duckabush Trail #803 Open to Visitor 4/8/14 Good shape other than some blowdown, one very large tree down on Big Hump at switchback. Spring flowers are out. Trail open to hikers only. Trail will remain NOT RECOMMENDED to stock until additional work can be completed. Hazardous conditions such as fallen logs, loose rocks, holes, and very narrow sections of trail are still present. Use extreme caution.
Dungeness Forks Campground Closed to Visitor 9/30/13 CLOSED for the season. Opening on 5/16/14
Elbo Creek Trail   
Elk Lake Trail #805 Open to Visitor 3/17/14 No recent report, can get to trailhead, please do not camp in parking lot!
Falls Creek Campground Closed to Visitor 9/23/13 CLOSED for the season
Falls View Campground Closed to Visitor 9/30/13 CLOSED for the season. Opening on 5/16/14
Falls View Canyon Trail #868 Open to Visitor 3/7/14 Easy access, good condition.
Fletcher Canyon Trail #857 Open to Visitor 10/1/12: Not maintained. No recent report.
Gatton Creek Campground/Picnic Area Closed to Visitor 9/23/13 CLOSED for the 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 3/12/14 A number of trees down, watch for large pothole in parking lot
Gray Wolf Trail #834 - Lower Open to Visitor 3/2/14 In good condition, muddy in places (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.)
Hamma Hamma Campground Closed to Visitor 9/30/13 CLOSED for the season
Home Lake Trail #893 Open to Visitor 3/7/14 No recent report, no known issues
Jefferson Pass Trail #800    3/7/14 No recent report, trailhead access likely to be difficult.
Jefferson Ridge Trail #808 Open to Visitor 3/7/14 No recent report.
Klahanie Campground Closed to Visitor Reopens late June 2014
Klahowya Campground Closed to Visitor 2/25/2014: This site will open May 16th, 2014
Kloshe Nanitch Lookout Observation Site Closed to Visitor Site is CLOSED TILL FURTHER NOTICE
Kloshe Nanitch Trail #882.1   
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 9/30/13 CLOSED for the season
Lena Creek Campground Closed to Visitor 9/30/13 CLOSED for the season
Lena Lake Trail #810 Open to Visitor 3/8/14: Trail free of snow and debris, though lots of water on trail. Lake level is high.
Little Quilcene Trail #835 Open to Visitor 3/17/14 Trailhead access likely to be difficult
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. 
Lower Big Quilcene Trail #833 Open to Visitor 3/9/14 Little to no snow, lots of water on trail, especially after Bark Shanty
Lower Dungeness Trail #833.3 Open to Visitor 3/7/14 Can get to trailhead, watch for pothole in parking lot
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 3/8/14 Able to drive within 1 mile of trailhead, trail melted out for a ways, some blowdowns,
Mt. Ellinor Trail #812 Open to Visitor 4/4/14 Snow all the way, did not summit due to poor visibility and thigh deep snow in chute
Mt. Jupiter Trail #809 Open to Visitor 3/7/14 No report in quite awhile, trail is open, first qtr. mile of trail difficult to traverse due to logging slash. Access road, which is on private land, is gated 2.5 miles before trailhead
Mt. Muller Trail #882 Open to Visitor
Mt. Rose Trail #814 Open to Visitor 4/9/14 Not much snow at all, didn't need micro spikes, summit rock was bare.
Mt. Townsend Trail #839 Open to Visitor 4/5/14 Able to drive to lower TH, consistent foot deep or so snow at about 4000'
Mt. Walker Trail #894 Open to Visitor 3/17/14 Trail in very good condition, no snow, great winter hike
Mt. Walker Viewpoint   
Mt. Zion Trail #836 Open to Visitor 4/7/14 Trail in good condition, no snow.
Murhut Falls Trail #828 Open to Visitor 4/8/14 Trail in condition, lots of water going over falls
Ned Hill Trail #837 Open to Visitor 3/7/14 No recent report, little used trail.
Notch Pass Trail #831 Open to Visitor 1/18/14 No snow on trail, good condition other than 8 trees down on east side of Pass, all lying pretty close to the ground
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.
Quinault Loop Trail #854 Open to Visitor Maintained, the trail is passable to hikers.
Quinault Rain Forest Nature Trail #855 Open to Visitor
Ranger Hole Trail #824 Open to Visitor 3/7/14 In good condition, easily accessed
Royal Creek Trail #832 Open to Visitor 3/17/14 No recent report
Seal Rock Campground Closed to Visitor 9/30/13: CLOSED for the season. Opening on 4/25/14
Silver Lakes Trail #842 Open to Visitor 3/17/14 No report
Skokomish Lower South Fork Trail #873 Open to Visitor 3/27/14: Trail is snow-free, several large trees down, a number of wet creek crossings
Sleepy Hollow Trail #852 Open to Visitor 1/7/14: Trail is open
Sleepy Hollow Trailhead Closed to Visitor 1/7/14: Provides access to #852.1 - Forest Service Road 2830 converted to trail - an alternate access to Sleepy Hollow Trail. PLEASE do not use this section yet, due to fragile conditions. The damage resulting from use will significantly delay opening of the trail.
Tubal Cain Trail #840 Open to Visitor 4/1/14 Snow and ice at halfway to mine, mine area under snow
Tunnel Creek Trail #841 Open to Visitor 2/7/14: Snow starts about 4 miles before TH, well beaten trail to pass, icy trail past shelter, 1 blowdown before lake
Upper Big Quilcene Trail #833 Open to Visitor 3/17/14: Unknown conditions, parking lot full of hard snow, 6-8" deep on 3/12
Upper Dungeness Trail #833.2 Open to Visitor 1/18/14 Very little snow, only went to first bridge
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 around
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.
Wynoochee Lake Shore Trail #878 Open to Visitor 1/2/14 Lake level is low, some down trees on trail