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greenBlue Olympic Hot Springs Trail

Trail

2.6 mile 4.2 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 452' 138 m
Descent: -168' -51 m
High: 2,108' 643 m
Low: 1,824' 556 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

Whether a destination on its own or a reward along a longer excursion, these hot pools feel great!

Megan W

Features Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Wildlife

Family Friendly Children will love this trail's hot springs and its soothing waters.

Description

Park at the end of the Elwha River Road (also called the Olympic Hot Springs Road) and follow the remnants of this closed road west for about 2.5 miles on mellow grades, hopping over the occasional stream. This part of the route can become muddy and there are often downed trees in the early season.

This old closed road is considered the Olympic Hot Springs Trail and soon arrives at a suspension bridge to cross Crystal Creek. Next pass the former parking lot which is now an alder filled meadow. Ignore the Appleton Pass Trail and continue on the Olympic Hot Springs Trail across Boulder Creek.

There are several small pools here to choose from. The smell of sulfur is not too overwhelming and the temperatures vary from lukewarm to hot tub temperatures. Hike further in for the warmest pools. Most pools only reach your waist while you are sitting. Please be sure to pack out ALL your waste, this popular spot is easily trashed. Also, there is often nudity here so squeamish folks may want to steer clear.

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Sep 2, 2018
Dorotha Mallette
arrived finally
Aug 6, 2017
Isabel Cardenas
5.2mi
Jun 8, 2017
Kayla Hassaine
Road Closed due to construction should be open mid august according to signage.
Apr 1, 2017
Britni Rae
21mi
Jul 12, 2016
Lisa Adams
This trail is closed
May 8, 2016
Kun Lin
trail closed at the suspension bridge
Oct 17, 2015
Nessa Goldman
The hot springs had just reopened due to road closures, which meant there weren't many people and the conditions were perfect thanks to recent rain.

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