Elk Lake Trail #805

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Hiker kneels at Jefferson Creek on Elk Lake Trail.jpg

This 1.5 mile trail has both old and second growth forests and views of Jefferson Creek Drainage area. Opportunities for fishing and nature viewing at Elk Lake.

Left Fork to Cedar Creek (from the -012 spur): Follow the trail for a short distance to a junction, go left and the trail leads to the south shore of Elk Lake, through old growth forest to Cedar Creek, where the trail comes up to Forest Road 2401. There are several campsites along the lake in this area. For a loop hike, continue along the Forest Road #2401 to the north branch of trail and return to the lower trailhead.

North Branch of Trail: Hike for a short distance to a junction, go right and cross Jefferson Creek, this will lead to the North Branch of the Elk Lake Trail.

Right fork of North Branch Trail: This fork goes through a second growth stand of timber and older stands of Douglas-fir, Hemlock, and Pacific madrone. This portion of trail meets Fores Service Road #2421 (Jefferson Ridge Road).

Left fork of North Branch Trail: The left fork travels along the edge of Elk Lake and through old growth forest and ends 0.7 miles at Forest Service Road #2401.

At a Glance

Open Season: Late Spring
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles are prohibited.
Closest Towns: Hoodsport, WA
Water: No potable water
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood Canal Ranger District

General Information


Elk Lake Lower Trailhead: From Hoodsport, WA travel 14 miles north on Highway 101 to Forest Road #25 (Hamma Hamma Recreation Area). Turn west on Forest Road #25 and drive 6.5 miles to the junction of Forest Road #2480. Turn left and travel 3 miles to Forest Road #2401 and turn right. Travel 2.5 miles on Forest Road #2401 until you reach the fairly steep spur road #2401-012. The trailhead is at the bottom of this spur.

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