Skyline Trail

Olympic National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain21,114ft
Trailhead Elevation3,551ft
Elevation Min/Max3164/5324ft
Elevation Start/End3551/3551ft

Skyline Trail

Skyline Trail is a hiking trail in Jefferson County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 21.2 miles long and begins at 3,551 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 43.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 21,114 feet. This trail connects with the following: North Fork Quinault River Trail and Lake Beauty Primitive Trail.

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Hiking Olympic National Park (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"This is a 29.9-mile (one way) wilderness route from the Irely Lake trailhead to the North Fork Quinault Trail."

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Rainforests to glaciers and back-Wow!! The diverse trip begins with a 9 mile stretch along the torquise Hoh River, mainly treading through deep temperate rainforest. Wildlife abounds: deer, bear, elk, and slugs galore. Make sure your rain gear is in good order, because it is known to rain here. The trail than climbs gradually through several different ecosystems before it reaches the stunning vistas of Mount Olympus to be seen at Glacier Meadows. I recommend taking the Terminus Trail, which leads to the base of Blue Glacier, and some awesome scrambling opportunities. Conveniently spaced campsites, best done in 3 or 4 days. If you go up to Blue Glacier before July, make sure you have an ice ax and are prepared to use it. Enjoy!

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Trail Information

Olympic National Park
Nearby City
Olympic National Park
Skill Level
Olympic National Park, permit required for backcountry camping
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Christie; Custom Correct Quinault-Colonel Bob
Local Maps