Hayden Pass

Port Angeles, Washington

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An extended 10.7-mile trip (one way) from the Elwha River to Dose Meadows. This trail leaves the Elwha River Trail 100 yards north of the Hayes River bridge, on the elevated terrace to the east of the patrol cabin. This trail connects the Elwha and Dosewallips drainages over a high route that offers almost uninterrupted mountain vistas from end to end. Late-lingering snowfields on the east side of the pass are steep and often unstable. Early season travelers who use this trail will need an ice axe and proper training in avalanche safety.
Hiking Olympic National Park

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Hiking Olympic National Park

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

An extended 10.7-mile trip (one way) from the Elwha River to Dose Meadows. This trail leaves the Elwha River Trail 100 yards north of the Hayes River bridge, on the elevated terrace to the east of the patrol cabin.

This trail connects the Elwha and Dosewallips drainages over a high route that offers almost uninterrupted mountain vistas from end to end. Late-lingering snowfields on the east side of the pass are steep and often unstable. Early season travelers who use this trail will need an ice axe and proper training in avalanche safety.

© 2015 Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Port Angeles
Distance: 21.4
Elevation Gain: 3,920 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Mid-July to mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 5,700 feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park, permit required for backcountry camping
Local Maps: USGS Mount Angeles; Custom Correct Elwha Valley
Driving Directions: Directions to Hayden Pass

Recent Trail Reviews

8/25/2001
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From the parking lot you gain 680 ft to the summit of Hurricane Ridge, but when you take the trail down to Lake Mills you will drop 5,310 ft. The first 2 miles of the drop is along a ridge with great views of Mt. Angeles and Mt. Carrie with the Olympus Massif just behind it. When you come to the end of the ridge you will catch your first look of Lake Mills Over 4,000 ft below you. The trail is easy to follow except when you are entering the tree line. You will come upon scrub brush 6'-8' ft tall just before you enter the trees. Stay left of the scrub on what looks like a deer trail. This hike ranks 4 stars for the views and once you are off of over populated Hurricane Ridge its like having the Olympics to yourself.



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