Olympic Hot Springs

Port Angeles, Washington

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Includes: Appleton Pass and Boulder Lake. A day hike or overnighter to popular soaking pools in Olympic National Park. Skinnydippable with (much) discretion. Without a doubt the hot spot of the Olympics, this cluster of steaming springs and pools lies sandwiched between a lush forest of fir and hemlock and the whitewater rapids of Boulder Creek. There are a total of seven bubbly soakers in a variety of sizes and temperatures, including one by a small waterfall. The most skinnydippable pool, at the end of the trail, is an easy one to miss when unoccupied.
Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest

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Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest

by Evie Litton (Falcon Guides)

Includes: Appleton Pass and Boulder Lake. A day hike or overnighter to popular soaking pools in Olympic National Park. Skinnydippable with (much) discretion. Without a doubt the hot spot of the Olympics, this cluster of steaming springs and pools lies sandwiched between a lush forest of fir and hemlock and the whitewater rapids of Boulder Creek.

There are a total of seven bubbly soakers in a variety of sizes and temperatures, including one by a small waterfall. The most skinnydippable pool, at the end of the trail, is an easy one to miss when unoccupied.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Port Angeles
Length: 5
Elevation Gain: 260 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park, permit required for backcountry camping
Local Maps: Mount Carrie USGS. Olympic National Park brochure.
Topo Map: Olympic Hot Springs Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

8/24/2007

There is nothing exceptional about the trail. In fact it is paved almost the entire way. The hiking is very easy with not too much elevation gain. There are a couple of creeks to ford which is kind of fun and the view along the way is gorgeous. Especially if it is clear out. The whole purpose of this hike is the destination. However, there are a few things to be aware of. 1. The signs at the trail-head warning of nudity and even though we have only hiked this trail once we did see nude people in the springs and on the rocks along the river. 2. The NFS warns against getting into the springs during the summer months because the water is somewhat stagnant and there is lots of bacteria present. This didn't seem to deter a lot of people because all of the pools we saw were full of people. 3. It cost $15 for a 1-7 day permit to hike up the Elwha River. The drive up/down and the hike was definitely worth the money. 4. To be honest, even if it was safe, I'm not sure how soothing a hot spring would be on a 75F day after hiking 2.5 miles? Overall our experience was adequate and the view of the lake on the drive down was breath taking although we were given literature concerning the removal of the dams along the Elwha River to restore salmon runs up the Elwha. I'm not sure of the timetable but at that point the beautiful lake will only be a memory or a picture.

6/6/2007

Getting into the hot springs? You have got to be kidding. They were at most 12 inches deep, and the area smelled of sulfur. It was quite anti-climatic, except for the guy who thought naked hiking was a good idea.

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