Elk Lakes

Hoodsport, Washington

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Hike along a sunny canyon and through primordial old growth to two little lakes bursting with ducks and herons. The Elk Lakes are easily accessible off of Jefferson Creek Road (Forest Road 2401), explaining their popularity with weekend anglers. But this “back way” guarantees you a quiet journey and plenty of big cedars and firs to admire along the way. On a remnant of an old trail that once spanned the entire valley, start hiking west through a tunnel of second-growth greenery. Within minutes emerge on a dry hillside, several hundred feet above roaring Jefferson Creek.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Hike along a sunny canyon and through primordial old growth to two little lakes bursting with ducks and herons. The Elk Lakes are easily accessible off of Jefferson Creek Road (Forest Road 2401), explaining their popularity with weekend anglers. But this “back way” guarantees you a quiet journey and plenty of big cedars and firs to admire along the way.

On a remnant of an old trail that once spanned the entire valley, start hiking west through a tunnel of second-growth greenery. Within minutes emerge on a dry hillside, several hundred feet above roaring Jefferson Creek.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hoodsport
Distance: 4.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Fishing, Birding
Features: Wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene
Local Maps: Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S, Custom Correct Mount Skokomish–Lake Cushman
Driving Directions: Directions to Elk Lakes

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Apr 2018