Ecosystem Type: Montane forest and subalpine meadow
Trail Tread Types: Maintained
General Elevation Trend: Fairly steep
Unique Features: Views of Mt. Olympus, wildflowers

Trail Information

Backcountry Permits: Required for overnight trips - Obtain at Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.
Camping: Please camp only in established camps to prevent vegetation damage.
Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 7.1 miles (jct. with Olympic Hot Springs Trail to Sol Duc River Trail)
Elevation Change: 2,400 feet (Elwha side) to 5,100 feet to 3,100 feet (Sol Duc side)
Best Season: Early July through October
Connecting Trails: Sol Duc River Trail, Olympic Hot Springs Trail
Stock: Open to stock - see regulations

Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Please Leave No Trace of your stay to help protect park resources and to prevent further camping regulations.

Fires: Fires are not allowed above 3,500 feet.

Wildlife Precautions: Save the Bears! Secure food, garbage and scented items from bears and other wildlife 24 hours a day. When bear obtain human food, they become habituated to camping areas and often become aggressive towards people. They may also damage packs or tents to get at food or other smelly items. Do not feed any wild animals! Bear canisters are recommended along this trail. A bear wire is located at Appleton Pass.

Safety: The last half-mile of this trail traverses a very steep slope that remain snow-covered until mid July. Creek crossing may also be high. Use caution and be prepared to get your feet wet. When traveling on snow, bring an ice axe and know how to use it.

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