Appleton Pass Trail

Olympic Hot Springs, Washington

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An arduous hike to one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the Olympics—Appleton Pass sits a mile high on the Elwha-Sol Duc divide. Offering glimpses of peaks, forested valleys, and thousands of acres of wilderness in both watersheds, Appleton Pass is a remote outpost in the heart of the Olympics. On the demanding journey there, encounter resplendent meadows, primeval forest, and captivating cascades. But even if you’re not up for this laborious trip, just a few miles along this trail still has its rewards.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

An arduous hike to one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the Olympics—Appleton Pass sits a mile high on the Elwha-Sol Duc divide. Offering glimpses of peaks, forested valleys, and thousands of acres of wilderness in both watersheds, Appleton Pass is a remote outpost in the heart of the Olympics.

On the demanding journey there, encounter resplendent meadows, primeval forest, and captivating cascades. But even if you’re not up for this laborious trip, just a few miles along this trail still has its rewards.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Olympic Hot Springs
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 3,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: July to mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 1,650 feet
Top Elevation: 5,050 feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails Elwha North-Hurricane Ridge No. 133S, Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin-Hoh
Driving Directions: Directions to Appleton Pass Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/25/2008
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We started at the Boulder Lake Trailhead above the Elwha River. Awesome hike up to Appleton Pass. Vistas are terrific. Summer flowers everywhere. The avalanch from last winter is still evident and one has to cross the snow pack and log piles. This is not hard if you cross higher up. The drop down into the Sol Duc is dark and under trees. Not much to see on this section.



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