Appleton Pass and Oyster Lake

Elwha, Washington 98201

Appleton Pass and Oyster Lake

Appleton Pass and Oyster Lake Professional Review and Guide

"This arduous hike through primeval forest leads to one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the Olympics—Appleton Pass, high on the Elwha–Sol Duc divide. Savor stunning vistas of surrounding peaks and deep forested valleys. And marvel at flowered meadows and a sparkling little alpine lake.

Start by following the Olympic Hot Springs Trail 2.2 miles to a junction just beyond the Crystal Creek suspension bridge. The Olympic Hot Springs are a short distance to the left. Consider a soak upon your return from this challenging hike.

Dogs are prohibited."

Appleton Pass and Oyster Lake Reviews

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8/25/2008
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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Trail Information

Elwha
Nearby City
15.2 miles
Distance
3,390 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
July to October
Season
Swimming, Camping
Additional Use
Hot Springs, Views, Wildflowers
Features
Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Hoh River Trail No. 133S, Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin–Hoh
Local Maps

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Jul 2018