Pj Lake Trail

Olympic National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain1,042ft
Trailhead Elevation5,017ft
Elevation Min/Max4378/5017ft
Elevation Start/End5017/5017ft

Pj Lake Trail

Pj Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 5,017 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,042 feet. The trail ends near the P. J. Lake water.

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"A tiny lake tucked in a hidden bowl on Hurricane Ridge, PJ Lake greets few hikers due to its rough-and-tumble approach. The trail, pockmarked with deer tracks, drop steeply for 650 feet before climbing 175 feet to reach this emerald pool—all in less than a mile! Is it worth it? If you cherish solitude and the opportunity to spot wildlife up close, yes. Wildflowers and a pretty cascade offer a little incentive too. Start in a stand of subalpine firs and then rapidly drop through open forest, huckleberry patches, and meadow clumps. Watch your footing—critter burrows blemish the tread. When not looking down, gaze out to a window view of the Dungeness Spit. Dogs are prohibited."
Hiking Olympic National Park (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A 1.8 mile day hike from the Obstruction Point Road to PJ Lake. This trail descends from the top of Hurricane Ridge across an extremely steep grade to reach a subalpine lake. It begins by diving into a tributary valley of Morse Creek. The path crosses open avalanche slopes as it drops, and a lush growth of wildflowers is highlighted by paintbrush and tiger lily. PJ Lake is at the end of the trail, a green pool set among the subalpine firs at the base of 6,247 foot Eagle Point. There is a campsite on the lakeshore, and brook trout cruise the shallow waters."

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No recent report. Obstruction Point road is open. Deep snow in the high country.

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Trail Information

Olympic National Park
Nearby City
Olympic National Park
Skill Level
Olympic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Angeles; Custom Correct Hurricane Ridge
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