Mink Lake Trail

Olympic National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain3,504ft
Trailhead Elevation1,613ft
Elevation Min/Max1613/4167ft
Elevation Start/End1613/1613ft

Mink Lake Trail

Mink Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 1,613 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,504 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. Along the trail there is a shelter. This trail connects with the following: Bogachiel River Trail, Lover's Lane Trail and Little Divide Trail.

Mink Lake Trail Professional Guides

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Hiking Olympic National Park (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A day hike or backpack to Mink Lake (5 miles round-trip) or Deer Lake (7.6 miles one way). This trail provides an alternate route to the High Divide and also accesses the end of the Bogachiel River Trail. It begins at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort. The trail soon splits away from the more heavily trodden Lover’s Lane route. Rocky traveling leads across a bottomland forest filled with a lush growth of sword ferns. As the trail begins a gradual climb of the valley wall, a more xeric plant community of Douglas fir and highbush blueberry replaces the lowland forest. On its way up, the trail flirts with Mink Creek, its chuckling waters splashing just out of sight in the forest."
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"Hike to a quiet backcountry lake ringed with grassy meadows and big trees, or break a sweat to the Little Divide, the loneliest outpost in Sol Duc country. You’re far more likely to encounter deer, elk, and bears than fellow hikers in this neck of the Sol Duc. National park entrance fee required. Dogs are prohibited. This guide covers 2 separate hikes: Mink Lake Hike and Little Divide hike."

Mink Lake Trail Trip Reports

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Did the trip to Mink Lake, stayed there for 2 nights, with a day hike up the ridge towards Deer Lake. The hike to Mink Lake is the steepest part that I saw - definitely enough to get you huffing and puffing. After that, once the trail hits the ridge it follows a gentle descent towards Deer Lake. Mostly rocky trail, since it clearly forms a stream during heavy rains or spring runoff, but there are patches where it's soft, springy soil. Quite enjoyable. Mink Lake is very shallow, maybe 3 ft deep at most, with a mushy bottom. I managed to take a dunk, but it's not ideal swimming territory by any means. Though there are crayfish in the creek feed the lake near the campsites.
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The trail has been cleared of all windfall, limbs and rocks to the lake. Snow begins at 2800 feet (aprox. 1/2 mile before the lake) 5 to 6 feet of snow at the lake. Shelter is ok, lake 50% melted out. Snow shoes desireable around the lake and beyond. Snow was falling and 6 inches of fresh snow was on the ground.Deep snow in the high country.

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Trail Information

Olympic National Park
Nearby City
Olympic National Park
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin-Mt Olympus Climbing No. 133S, Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin-Hoh
Local Maps

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