Hayden Pass Trail

Olympic National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain11,242ft
Trailhead Elevation4,477ft
Elevation Min/Max1804/5885ft
Elevation Start/End4477/4477ft

Hayden Pass Trail

Hayden Pass Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Jefferson County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 10.3 miles long and begins at 4,477 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 21.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 11,242 feet. This trail connects with the following: Main Fork Dosewallips River Trail.

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Hiking Olympic National Park (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"An extended 10.7-mile trip (one way) from the Elwha River to Dose Meadows. This trail leaves the Elwha River Trail 100 yards north of the Hayes River bridge, on the elevated terrace to the east of the patrol cabin. This trail connects the Elwha and Dosewallips drainages over a high route that offers almost uninterrupted mountain vistas from end to end. Late-lingering snowfields on the east side of the pass are steep and often unstable. Early season travelers who use this trail will need an ice axe and proper training in avalanche safety."

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From the parking lot you gain 680 ft to the summit of Hurricane Ridge, but when you take the trail down to Lake Mills you will drop 5,310 ft. The first 2 miles of the drop is along a ridge with great views of Mt. Angeles and Mt. Carrie with the Olympus Massif just behind it. When you come to the end of the ridge you will catch your first look of Lake Mills Over 4,000 ft below you. The trail is easy to follow except when you are entering the tree line. You will come upon scrub brush 6'-8' ft tall just before you enter the trees. Stay left of the scrub on what looks like a deer trail. This hike ranks 4 stars for the views and once you are off of over populated Hurricane Ridge its like having the Olympics to yourself.

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