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Washington, Olympic Hot Springs Trail

State: Washington
Location: Olympic National Park
Length, Round Trip: 5 miles
Trail Type: Out and Back
Minimum Elevation: 300 feet
Maximum Elevation: 2100 feet
Elevation Change: 1800 feet
Trail Surface: Maintained
Best Season: Summer
Difficulty: Moderate
Usage: Heavy

Young moose, Washington

Trail Information

The Olympic Hot Springs Trail follows Boulder Creek Road two miles from the trailhead to a spur trail leading 0.5 miles to Olympic Hot Springs. It begins at the end of the Elwha River Road. The trail descends to the river crossing Cougar, Hell and Crystal Creeks. Shortly beyond Crystal Creek a spur trail leads to the left. This trail crosses Boulder Creek and leads 0.5 miles to the hot springs on the southern bank. In the past, a popular resort once stood in this area.

Directions

From Port Angeles:
Follow U. S. Highway 101 west approximately 8 miles to Olympic Hot Springs Road. Turn left and follow the road south into Olympic National Park. Three miles from Highway 101 you’ll reach the Elwha Campground, continue past this facility to the Elwha Ranger Station. Beyond the ranger station veer right as the Whiskey Bend Road leads to the left. Follow this road 6 miles to its end and the trailhead for Boulder Creek.


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