Hayden Pass

Port Angeles, Washington 98363

Hayden Pass

Hayden Pass Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Hayden Pass Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Port Angeles
Nearby City
3,920 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Mid-July to mid-October
2,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,700 feet
Top Elevation
Olympic National Park, permit required for backcountry camping
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Angeles; Custom Correct Elwha Valley
Local Maps