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 non-accessible vault toilet is available at the Interpretive Trailhead.
Brown Creek Nature Loop Trail #877    10/29/2014: Trail is open year round. One non-accessible vault toilet is open in the winter.
Buckhorn Lake Trail #845 Open to Visitor 6/29/14 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 4/29/14 Trail in good shape, one small log acrooss trail near upper loop
Deadfall Trail #849 Open to Visitor 6/5/14 Hiker reports trail in good condition
Deer Ridge Trail #846 Open to Visitor 5/18/14 Trail in decent condition, a little snow above 5000'
Dry Creek Trail #872 Open to Visitor 5/25/14: WTA worked on trail, lots of the downed logs were cleared, ones not safe to cut still there but can get over/under. Lots of wildflowers.
Duckabush Trail #803 Open to Visitor 6/7/14 Lots of flowers, trail in great shape to Park boundary
Dungeness Forks Campground Closed to Visitor 9/29/2014: Closed for the season
Elbo Creek Trail   
Elk Lake Trail #805 Open to Visitor 5/29/14 No recent report, can get to trailhead.
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 9/30/14 Easy access, good condition.
Fletcher Canyon Trail #857 Open to Visitor 10/1/12: Not maintained. No recent report.
Gatton Creek Campground/Picnic Area Open to Visitor 5/28/14 OPEN 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 5/17/14 Trail is drying out and in good shape, a few trees down, wildflowers blooming, river high and fast (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 6/29/14 No recent report
Hamma Hamma Campground Closed to Visitor 9/29/2014: Closed for the season
Home Lake Trail #893 Open to Visitor 6/29/14 No recent report, no known issues
Interrorem Nature Trail #804 Open to Visitor 9/29/14 In good condition, no issues.
Jefferson Lake Trail   
Jefferson Pass Trail #800    6/16/14 Cannot drive to trailhead due to slide in road, no report of trail conditions.
Jefferson Ridge Trail #808 Open to Visitor 4/29/14 Patchy snow begins at 2600', trail brushy in places past lower TH, good shape past higher TH
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 Lookout Observation Site 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.
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 6/1/2014: Open for 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 5/25/14 Trail in great condition
Little Quilcene Trail #835 Open to Visitor 5/24/14 Hiker reports trail in excellent shape
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 5/31/14 Bear spotted on trail near trailhead, trail in good condition
Lower Dungeness Trail #833.3 Open to Visitor 4/12/14 Started at south trailhead, went to River Camp, one wash-out that can be crossed, several downed trees
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 6/1/14 Trail to Huckleberry Creek free of snow, lakes mostly melted out.
Mt. Ellinor Trail #812 Open to Visitor 6/25/14 Snow in the rocks before the "steps", which are mostly clear. Snow on and off to summit
Mt. Jupiter Trail #809 Open to Visitor 6/29/14 WTA work party scheduled for this week. Access road, which is on private land, is gated 2.5 miles before trailhead, and road is closed during week. Parking at gate allowed on weekend
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 5/26/14 Very little snow on trail
Mt. Townsend Trail #839 Open to Visitor 6/11/14 No bugs, trail in great shape, wildflowers blooming
Mt. Walker Trail #894 Open to Visitor 6/29/14 Trail in very good condition, road to top is now open.
Mt. Walker Viewpoint   
Mt. Zion Trail #836 Open to Visitor 6/7/14 Rhodies and wildflowers blooming, bugs not a problem
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 6/29/14 No recent report, little used trail.
Notch Pass Trail #831 Open to Visitor 6/8/14 Deep potholes on access road, trail in great shape, a few downed trees, lots of flowers
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 5/31/14 Lots of water on trail in places, a few blowdowns to step over
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 6/29/14 In good condition, easily accessed
Royal Creek Trail #832 Open to Visitor 6/29/14 No recent report, should be in good shape
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 6/7/14 Small patches of snow in valley, upper lake 90% frozen
Skokomish Lower South Fork Trail #873 Open to Visitor 7/28/2014: A large tree is blocking stock access going in both from the 120 and Lebar entrances. Stock users may access South Fork Skokomish Trail by way of the old 140 spur.
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 5/24/14 Rhododendrons blooming, trail in pretty good shape.
  • 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 9/7/14: Trail is open
Sleepy Hollow Trailhead Open to Visitor 6/29/14: Ranger Corps working on trail, quite brushy in places. 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.
Snider Jackson Trail #883   
Snow Creek Trail #890 Open to Visitor 4/22/14 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 5/30/14 Trail in good condition, rhodies mainly done
Tunnel Creek Trail #841 Open to Visitor 5/30/14 Big tree down before shelter. lake still frozen
Upper Big Quilcene Trail #833 Open to Visitor 6/26/14 Trail in quite good shape, campsites at Mystery are melted out
Upper Dungeness Trail #833.2 Open to Visitor 5/30/14 Trail in great shape to Camp Handy, snow past Boulder Shelter
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