Elk Lakes

Hoodsport, Washington 98548

Elk Lakes

Elk Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
4.9 miles
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Fishing, Birding
Additional Use
Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene
Local Contacts
Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S, Custom Correct Mount Skokomish–Lake Cushman
Local Maps