Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition
by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
This by far has not been my favorite trail. Write down all the trails that this route encounters. Do not worry about the Mile Markers on the trail markers. There are a few trails the intersect segment trail #20 they are all closed as of now but I'm sure they will reopen sometime soon. There are signs for different camp rounds along the way that are clearly marked, unlike the trail you are on. I had a GPS with me tracking my route. So I could always see where I was in relation to the trail head. I suggest to do it this way. Also the trail has not been cleared all the way around from the last storm. So you will have to do a lot of over and unders and going off the trail to get around some trees. I gave it 4 stars because when the trail is clear and its a little warmer I'm sure it is a great trail.
Great trail for dogs/kids especially during the summer berry season. The trail is surrounded by examples of almost every edible berry in the Pacific Northwest, to include: red and evergreen huckleberries, wild blackberry, salmon berry, saskatoon, and salal.
The trail itself is a well maintained with wooden bridges crossing the creek in several places.
The major issue with the trail is its shared use with horseback riding so be prepared to dodge the presents the horses leave.
The directions to the trailhead in the guide are a little dated, so it would be best to go to the Washington State DNR website to get an updated map.
Enjoyable hike through some old growth and a few patches of clear cut. No remarkable elevation gain, so it's a good low impact beginner's trail.
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