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Olympic National Forest offers diverse recreation opportunities for everyone. Experience the rushing rivers, coastal rain forests, alpine wildflowers and views of the Puget Sound from mountain peaks. Wilderness areas offer solitude and a chance to experience the rich biodiversity of the Olympic Peninsula.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
All Forest Roads    Forest Roads Update
Bear Gulch Day Use Area Open to Visitor As of 5/11/2018 the site is open. Alert: Vehicles must be totally out of the lane of traffic. Please pay attention to parking signage and be mindful when going between the parking area and the lake shore.
Big Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season
Big Creek Campground Trail #827   
Big Creek Upper Loop #827.1   
Big Spruce Trailhead    Open and maintained year round.
Bogachiel - Ira Spring Wetland Trail   
Bogachiel Rain Forest River Trailhead    Accessible via the new Undi Road bypass. FS road 2932 has not been maintained since the Undi road was closed, but is available.
Bogachiel Rain Forest Trail #825    5/29/2018: Undie Road is paved and in great condition.The undie Bypass road it turns into gravel and is also in excellent condition.
Brown Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season. *Sites 1-6 are available near the river, year-round! One accessible vault toilet is also available year-round near the trailhead.
Brown Creek Nature Loop Trail #877   
Camp Creek Olympic Discovery Trailhead   
Campbell Tree Grove Campground Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season
Church Creek Shelter Trail #870   
Church Creek Trail #871   
Coho Campground Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season
Collins Campground Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season
Colonel Bob Trail #851    Not suitable for stock.
Copper Creek Trail #876    Steep inclines, a walking stick may be helpful.
Deadfall Trail #849   
Deer Ridge Trail #846    5/8/2018: Visitor reports the road to Slab Camp was recently graded and is in good shape. Seven downed trees from Slab Camp to park boundary, all easy step overs. One down tree from park boundary to Deer Park that is about 5 feet above the trail. It’s a head banger if you don’t see it in time. Trail is almost snow free except for large fields at Deer Park. Snow is soft so post holing is a factor. Other than that the trail is in good shape.
Dry Creek Trail #872    4/24/2018: Visitor reports that trail was a nice 4 mile hike from east end to the creek crossing. This portion of the trail was recently cleared of trees.
Duckabush Trail #803    4/11/2018: Visitor reports a very wet hike up to Big Hump lookout with lots of puddling on the flat portions of the trail. The water was draining off very well from the areas that the Washington Trails Association work party had recently tackled. Access road has severe potholes in many areas.
Dungeness Forks Campground Open to Visitor 5/18/2018: Open for the season
Elbo Creek Trail   
Elk Lake Trail #805   
Elkhorn Dispersed Camping Area    No road access & no facilities at site. Pack it OUT.
Fairholme Olympic Discovery Trailhead   
Falls Creek Campground/Day Use Area Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season
Falls View Campground Closed to Visitor Hazard Tree Removal operations are taking place June 2018 through Dec 2018. Falls View Campground and Trail will be closed to all public access during this time.
Falls View Canyon Trail #868    Great short trail, in good condition. ALERT: Hazard Tree Removal operations are taking place June 2018 through Dec 2018. Falls View Campground and Trail will be closed to all public access during this time.
Fletcher Canyon Trail #857   
Gatton Creek Campground/Day Use Area Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season
Gatton Creek Trail #888    Maintained year-round. This trail allows continuous trail access from the Lake Quinault Lodge to the Rain Forest Village.
Gold Creek Trail #830    9/4/2017: Visitor reports in section of trail south of the intersection with Sleepy Hollow 832, there are no trees or brush.
Gorge Bridge Trailhead   
Gray Wolf Trail #834 - Lower    1/15/2018: Visitor report there are many trees and branches down across the road and the trail, especially on the Cat Creek Loop. There is one large tree that must be climbed over in order to walk that loop. Not surprisingly, there was a lot of mud, but nothing very deep or hard to get across.
Gray Wolf Trail #834.2 - Upper    4/13/2017: No recent report Note: Use Slab Camp Trail #838 to access trail beyond the bridge. no known issues
Hamma Hamma Campground Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season
Home Lake Trail #893    9/8/2017: No recent report
Interrorem Nature Trail #804   
Jefferson Lake Trail   
Jefferson Pass Trail #800   
Jefferson Ridge Trail #808    4/4/2018: 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
Klahowya Campground Open to Visitor ALERT: No potable water or flush toilets are currently available. Campground hosts are present and site is open for 2018 season.
Kloshe Nanitch Observation Site    5/29/2018: Road is open and in decent condition for high clearance vehicles. Due to winding roads and potholes, low clearance vehicles are not recommended. 
Kloshe Nanitch Trail #882.1   
Kloshe Nanitch Trailhead   
Lake Quinault Lodge Open to Visitor Lake Quinault Lodge is available year round. Call 1(800) 562 6672 or visit: www.visitlakequinault.com.
Lebar Horse Camp Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season
Lena Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season
Lena Lake Campground Open to Visitor Hike-in 3.5 miles via #810. Camp in designated sites on either side of the lake. Expect crowds on weekends and holidays. Consider hiking during the week. Please pack out all garbage and properly dispose of waste. Respect all trail users. 5/14/2018: Lena Lake Trail #810 is cleared to the inlet of the lake. The bridge is still out.
Lena Lake Trail #810    Expect crowds on weekends and holidays. Respect all trail users. 4/7/2018: Visitor reports a wet early April hike up to lower Lena Lake, but the trail was in overall excellent condition. Some portions of the trail were essentially a shallow creek, but otherwise the water was draining fairly well. **Trail requires a ford at the Lake. Bridge is out beyond the campsites.
Lena Lake/Brothers Trailhead   
Little Quilcene Trail #835   
Littleton Horse Camp Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season. Please Leave No Trace and pack it out.
Living Legacy Interpretive Trail   
Lower Big Quilcene Trail #833   
Lower Dungeness Trail #833.3    Trailhead has no trailer turn-around
Lower Pete's Creek Trail #858.1   
Mildred Lakes Trail #822   
Mt. Ellinor Trail #812   
Mt. Jupiter Trail #809    Expect to walk 2+ miles to trailhead as private road is gated. There is room for 3-4 cars at most to the side of the road at the gate.
Mt. Muller Trail #882    3/3/2018: Visitor reports that Snow begins almost immediately (1-4" deep) from the trailhead. Traction may be useful for the first 1000 feet gain (depending on temperature), then snowshoes are recommended. Snow was 8-16" deep along the ridge and summit. Route finding was required east of the Mt Muller summit as the trail was covered in deep snow and not readily discernible, especially near "Balance Rock" and other sections that bypassed the ridge. Several blowdowns present on eastern and southern portion of the loop. Large blowdown (impassable to stock) near "Bog Creek". Several smaller blowdown between the Olympic Discovery Trail and Fout's Rock House. The trail was in otherwise great condition.
Mt. Rose Trail #814   
Mt. Townsend Trail #839    5/5/2018: Visitor reports that upper Trailhead is snow free. The first portion of the trail to the last northern switchback is in great condition and is clear of snow. The summit ridge is almost entirely snow free, but when the sun did peak through the clouds it was very bright (sunglasses were essential). I followed the trail back down. From ~6000' down to ~4500' the trail is covered with anywhere from 12" to 4' of compact snow. The current boot path veers off the actual trail in many locations and is very, very steep (it bypasses Camp Windy altogether). Traction (spikes) and poles would be handy.
Mt. Walker Trail #894    2/2/2018: Trail clear. Be ready for wet conditions in winter. If you are walking the road be aware that there is a rock slide blocking the road about 1/3 of the way from the bottom.
Mt. Walker Viewpoint Open to Visitor Mt. Walker road is open for the season.
Mt. Zion Trail #836    4/15/2018: Visitor reports that along hike up to the Mt Zion summit and lookout view spot, south along the ridge that the trail was in great condition, with only a few minor blowdowns (easy to get over). The ridge had ~6-14" of snow; the upper trail was covered in compact snow (additional traction may be helpful). The road in had plenty of potholes, but was otherwise snow free.
Murhut Falls Trail #828   
Ned Hill Trail #837   
Notch Pass Trail #831   
Pete's Creek Trail #858    Trail is often rocky, rooted, and at times steep. Boots and trekking poles recommended.
Pete's Creek Trailhead    Parking area can get busy on weekends in the summer.
Pioneer's Path Nature Trail #884   
Putvin Trail #813    Alert: Challenging trail. Use caution.
Quinault Loop Trail #854    Open year-round.
Quinault Rain Forest Nature Trail #855    Open year-round and maintained. 
Ranger Hole Trail #824   
Royal Creek Trail #832    This short 0.5 mile trail along Royal Creek starts 1 mile up the Upper Dungeness Trail.
Satsop Center Campground Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season
Seal Rock Campground Open to Visitor Open for the 2018 season
Seal Rock Interpretive Trail Sites    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   
Skokomish Lower South Fork Trail #873    6/15/2018: Caution: The river has washed away parts of bank & trail along Lower South Fork Skokomish Trail between 120 Rd access (Trail # 873.3) & Homestead access (Trail #873.4) & water on the trail in a couple of spots. Crews will work to correct this problem in the coming weeks.
Skokomish Upper South Fork Trail #873   
Slab Camp Trail #838    5/2/2018: Visitor report that the trail is in OK shape and easily passable for the average hiker to Slide Camp. One small rotten log across the trail close to the trailhead. The approximately 10 other logs and rocks across the trail started about 1/4 mile after crossing the Greywolf River and stopped about 1/2 mile before Slide Camp.
    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 Extension Trailhead    3/23/2017: Visitor reports a short section of FS 28 that was icy approx. 200 yards before Sleepy Hollow/Mt Zion trailhead parking lot.
    Sleepy Hollow Trail #852    3/23/2017: Visitor report that trail is in decent shape though currently wet and muddy. The new Extension Trail #852.1 is in good shape though very wet at Sleepy Hollow Trail #852 junction. ALERT: Gold Creek on the Sleepy Hollow Trail is wide and deep enough that it's difficult to cross without wading & getting your feet soaked.
    Snow Creek Trail #890    Trailhead may be difficult to find.
    Spider Lake Loop Trail #879   
    Spoon Creek Falls Trail #885   
    The Brothers Trail #821   
    Tubal Cain Trail #840   
    Tull Canyon Trail #847   
    Tunnel Creek Trail #841   
    Upper Big Quilcene Trail #833   
    Upper Dungeness Trail #833.2    4/26/2018: Visitor report virtually snow free up to Camp Handy via the Upper Dungeness Trail 833.2. 
    West Fork Humptulips Trail #806   
    Willaby Campground/Day Use Area Open to Visitor Willaby CG is open for the 2018 season. Reservation first campground at www.recreation.gov.
    Willaby Creek Trail   
    Working Forest Interpretive Trail   
    Wrights Canyon Trail/Trailhead    Open and maintained year-round.
    Wynoochee Lake Shore Trail #878   
    Wynoochee Pass Trail #874    This short trail enters Olympic National Park.
    Wynoochee Pass Trailhead    High clearance vehicles are needed.

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