Jefferson Ridge

Hoodsport, Washington 98548

Jefferson Ridge

Jefferson Ridge Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Climb through a patchwork of old clear-cuts and old growth to a lonely ridgetop, site of a long-gone fire lookout. It’s a steep hike up an old logging road and old trail, but you’ll be rewarded with solitude and good views of Hood Canal and Lena Lake. And if you come in early summer, blossoming bear grass and rhododendrons add to the mix.

The Elk Lake and Jefferson Ridge trails are remnants of much longer trails all but obliterated during the logging frenzy of the 1960s and 1970s. Fortunately, portions of both remain—and they’re portions worth hiking and rehabilitating. While it’s possible to drive farther to begin this hike, the road beyond here is extremely rough, making this spot the logical starting point."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
6.6 miles
2,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
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

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Dec 2018