Mildred Lake Trail

Olympic National Forest, Washington

Elevation Gain3,166ft
Trailhead Elevation1,810ft
Elevation Min/Max1810/4045ft
Elevation Start/End1810/1810ft

Mildred Lake Trail

Mildred Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Mason County, Washington. It is within Mount Skokomish Wilderness Area and Olympic National Forest. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 1,810 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,166 feet.

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"Three beautiful backcountry lakes tucked in a hidden valley surrounded by craggy summits await you at the end of this arduous hike. A boot-beaten path that leaves you beat, the Mildred Lakes Trail was forged by tenacious fishermen and masochistic hikers. An entanglement of roots and rocks, along an up-and-down course that defies logic, this trail is notorious as one of the nastiest in the Olympics. This hike is all about the destination, not the journey."
Hiking Olympic National Park (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"An 8.8-mile round-trip wilderness route from FR 25 to the Mildred Lakes. This route is not a designed trail but rather a track worn into the mountains by the passage of countless hikers, many of them ambitious anglers. Prepare for a true wilderness experience. It is extremely steep, and some climbing ability will be required at several points along the route. Check the weather report before going; if there is a possibility of rain, choose another hike. This unstable trailbed becomes quite slippery in wet weather. Mountain goats also frequent the upper reaches of this trail, so hike cautiously. The trek begins in a second-growth stand of Douglas fir; the original forest was logged off."

Mildred Lake Trail Trip Reports

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Very steep trail with many switchbacks. Trail is in good condition with little, if any, windfall. There is a large amount of snowpack just before the lake, so be prepared. This is a fun trail, gives a great workout and provides some gorgeous views of the surrounding Olympic Mountains. However, do to the grade and elevation gain, it is not for beginners.

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Trail Information

Olympic National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Skokomish Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers, Waterfalls
Olympic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Steel; Custom Correct Mount Skokomish-Lake Cushman
Local Maps

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