Appleton Pass Trail

Olympic National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain9,170ft
Trailhead Elevation2,022ft
Elevation Min/Max2022/5160ft
Elevation Start/End2022/2022ft

Appleton Pass Trail

Appleton Pass Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 7.8 miles long and begins at 2,022 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 9,170 feet. This trail connects with the following: Sol Duc River Trail and Olympic Hot Springs Trail.

Appleton Pass Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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 Trail Reviews

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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

Olympic National Park
Nearby City
Olympic National Park
Swimming, Camping
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers, Hot Springs
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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Nov 2018