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This strenuous trail rewards users with beautiful flower-covered meadows nestled below snowy peaks.


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7.4

Miles

12.0

KM

Point to Point

5,120' 1,561 m

High

2,037' 621 m

Low

3,098' 944 m

Up

1,984' 605 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

50%

Max Grade (27°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Due to road washout, access to this trail requires hiking or biking from Madison Falls trailhead including the entire length of Olympic Hot Springs Road.

Description

Beginning at the former parking lot along the Olympic Hot Springs trail, take the right fork to ascent to Boulder Creek Campground. Cross through the campground easterly through marshy meadows then regain the trail. (At this point, you could take the trail to the south and make a detour down to the Olympic Hot Springs).

Continue on the trail through a dense forest along the north side of Boulder Creek, past the intersection with the Boulder Lake Trail. Cross the North Fork of Boulder Creek on a log bridge and listen for the sounds of Upper and Lower Boulder Creek Falls. These cascades have worn deep grooves and are worth the short side trips to visit, especially after a good rain.

Cross the South Fork of Boulder Creek, hike up a few short switchbacks and then follow the valley upwards on mellow terrain for a short ways. Next, the incline steepens considerably with switchbacks and big vertical to attain before topping out at Appleton Pass, campsites available but water can be limited late in the summer. The meadows around Oyster Lake are spectacular and well worth spending time to explore. Enjoy views of Sol Duc Valley and Mt Olympus.

From the Pass start to descend in a westerly direction across the wildflower and berry covered mountainside on a fairly gentle descent. Go through pretty meadows under the imposing south ridgeline. Enter the forest and switchback steeply down the flank of South Appleton reaching two tiny murky ponds. Continue the steep descent through dense forest and cross Rocky Creek. The Appleton Pass trail ends at the intersection with the Sol Duc River Trail at the Appleton Junction campsite.

Flora & Fauna

Lupine, bistort, elderberry, fir hemlock, cedar. Elk, deer, bear.

Contacts

Shared By:

Megan W with improvements by Maura Treaccar

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Photos

Wildflowers blooming along the Appleton Pass Trail
Mar 24, 2015 near Port An…, WA
Appleton trail junction
Jul 15, 2019 near Port An…, WA
Lower Boulder Creek Falls
Apr 2, 2015 near Port An…, WA
Junction: Appleton Pass Trail & Sol Duc River Trail
Mar 24, 2015 near Port An…, WA

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