Birding · Wildlife
All vehicles should park in the designated hikers parking lots. The forestry roads beyond the gate are for official use only.
Need to Know
If you are recreating on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday during hunting season please wear blaze orange, as hunting is allowed on the property.
After departing your car, follow the signs for 1000 Road South, hike past the purple and gold gate and continue up the road. In the first mile you'll find a switchback; if it is a clear day be sure to turn and look northeast at the top of this switchback, as you'll most certainly have a view of the Olympic Mountain Range.
The 1000 Road Loop steadily gains elevation from this point to Kirkland Pass. Make sure to stop and take in the view at Kirkland Pass as it is here you'll be surrounded by old growth forest on all sides. Kirkland Pass is where an intersection of five roads appears, make sure that you are continuing on the 1000 Road.
The road descends from Kirkland Pass through several stands of forest known for wildlife so keep your eyes open. On the last quarter of the hike back to the parking lot, you'll likely encounter several hiking parties as this part of the 1000 Road is also used as access to another popular trail. After hiking through the purple and gold gate, keep right on the gravel road to find your way back to your car.
Be aware that the 1000 Road Loop is shared with horseback riders, bicyclists, and the occasional forest vehicle.
Flora & Fauna
The forest along this route is dominated by Douglas Fir, however, you'll almost certainly find every tree native to western Washington along the way. The forest is carpeted with sword, bracken, lady, and maidenhair fern. Among this dense carpet, various wildflowers appear throughout the spring and summer. This diversity of flora can support a wide array of fauna such as Anna's and Rufous Hummingbirds, Barred, Pygmy, and Great Horned Owls, Black-tail deer, Elk, Mountain Lion, and Black bear are among some of the most notable.
Shared By: Amy Wilson