Church Creek - Satsop Lakes

Shelton, Washington

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Hike a forgotten but restored trail through some of the biggest trees this side of the Hoh River. Church Creek epitomizes why the southern flank of the Olympics was cherished (and nearly completely cut over) by the big timber companies. Towering Douglas-firs reach dizzying heights, and wide-girth cedars and hemlocks hundreds of years old line the trail from end to end. The Satsop Lakes make a satisfying destination—peaceful and scenic—but the forest is the star of this hike. FR Spur 600 is rough, requires high-clearance vehicle.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Hike a forgotten but restored trail through some of the biggest trees this side of the Hoh River. Church Creek epitomizes why the southern flank of the Olympics was cherished (and nearly completely cut over) by the big timber companies. Towering Douglas-firs reach dizzying heights, and wide-girth cedars and hemlocks hundreds of years old line the trail from end to end.

The Satsop Lakes make a satisfying destination—peaceful and scenic—but the forest is the star of this hike. FR Spur 600 is rough, requires high-clearance vehicle.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Shelton
Distance: 6.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: June to September. FR 2361 closed Oct 1–Apr 30 to protect wildlife.
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene
Local Maps: Green Trails Grisdale No. 198 and Mt Tebo No. 199
Driving Directions: Directions to Church Creek - Satsop Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

6/6/2010
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Great trail- a bit rough but its early in the maintenance season. Pass at 3200' was still rather snow covered so we didn't make it to Satsop Lakes. Awesome old growth forest! Will do this one again!



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