Muller Divide Trail

Olympic National Forest, Washington

Distance2.6mi
Elevation Gain3,411ft
Trailhead Elevation1,054ft
Top3,332ft
Elevation Min/Max1053/3332ft
Elevation Start/End1054/1054ft

Muller Divide Trail

Muller Divide Trail is a hiking trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Forest. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 1,054 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,411 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Mt. Muller Trail #882.

Muller Divide Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Despite its many merits, the Mount Muller Loop is not heavily used, mostly because it is a relatively new trail and people have not yet become aware of its charms. That is bound to change, however, as hikers discover that this well-maintained route offers one of the finest ridge walks on the Olympic Peninsula.

The trail also has seasonal wildflower displays, ridgetop meadows, and some of the best views in this part of the range. On the downside, the loop is quite long and involves a considerable elevation gain. But for strong hikers who aren’t dissuaded by the physical challenge, this trip is hard to beat. Note: A brand-new cutoff trail offers a woodsy, switchbacking return route from Jasmine’s Meadow back to the trailhead. This new trail offers an option for those looking to shorten this long hike."

"From the get-go, the 13.6-mile Mt. Muller loop is difficult and demanding, but the pleasure is worth the pain. The pleasure: Climbs and descents through beautiful woods and incredible wildflower-strewn meadows; views of Mt. Olympus, Lake Crescent, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver island, and, on a clear day, Mt. Baker and Glacier Peak. The pain: With only a couple of pedal strokes worth of warm-up, the initial three-mile climb alternates between difficult and punishing, with just a few short respites.

Once on the ridge, there's more climbing and steep roller-coaster sections until a descent with around 30 switchbacks brings you back to the bottom. This is a must-ride for the strong-legged and technically advanced rider. The trail is hard-packed, with some steep, rooty, and rocky sections."

"This is a tough climb to one of the best ridge hikes in the Olympics. You’ll be rewarded with brilliant wildflower carpets and jaw-slacking views that range from glistening-white Mount Olympus to deep-blue Lake Crescent. And there are plenty of unexpected surprises on this splendid loop.

In early summer, twinflower lines the trail like rows of tiny street lights. As you climb, you’ll traverse acres of young forest interrupted by big charred stumps. After 3 long uphill miles, crest the ridge (elev. 3250 ft) at Jims Junction."

Muller Divide Trail Reviews

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8/17/2006
Great single track mt bike loop. It took us 4 1/2 hrs including lunch stop. First 1 1/2 hrs were a tough consistant climb to top of ridge at the top of my athletic ability and bottom of my gearing (and I just rode Ramrod 3 weeks ago). Not terrible technical, just aerobically challenging. Great views and fun downhill! Trail was in excellent condition. Do it clockwise. - Nancy R.
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8/18/2003
I did this ride while on vacation from central California. I had bought a copy of "Mountain Bike! Washington" while in Seattle and was immediatley drawn to the description of the Mt Muller loop. This was one of the toughest yet most satisfying rides I have done. I did the loop clockwise as described in the book. The trail description was dead on. A lung burning climb that was all rideable except for a short (75' to 100') steep, loose section near the top. Roller coaster up and down along the ridge with breath taking views. Fantastic downhill with lots of switch backs, all on well maintained single track. I highly recommend this ride for any serious mountain biker that is in the northern Olympic Peninsula area.
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Trail Information

Olympic National Forest
Nearby City
Olympic National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Views, Wildflowers
Features
USFS Soleduck Ranger District, 360-374-6522
Local Contacts
Maps are available at the trailhead. The Mt. Muller handout from the Soleduck Ranger District. The Custom Correct Lake Crescent - Happy Lake Ridge map.
Local Maps

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Sep 2018