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.
Mink Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Olympic National Park (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Craig Romano, Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books).
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