Added by Amy Kreienkamp
This is a challenging 6.4 mile roundtrip hike that leads to beautiful views of Lake Cushman and the mountains surrounding it.
This hike begins on flat ground but quickly leads to switchbacks and a steep incline. Be warned: this is a steep hike that leads constantly uphill with little to no level ground. After 1.6 miles of steep climbing, a fork in the road divides the trail into a short spur trail on the left and the path that leads up the mountain on the right. Take the trail to the right and continue for 0.25 miles until another fork in the road. This is the Summit Loop trail. Take the path on the left, as it is shorter and steeper, saving the path on the right for the descent. The Summit Loop trail will lead you past fresh wildflowers growing alongside the remnants of a forest fire to a panoramic view of Lake Cushman and the beautiful Olympic Mountains. Once you reach the summit, continue along the trail to finish the Summit Loop trail and rejoin the initial path for a steep descent to the bottom. Total distance is 6.4 miles.
Directions to the trailhead: From Hoodsport, turn onto State Route 119 towards Lake Cushman and continue for 9.3 miles until the end of the road. At the intersection, turn left onto Forest Road 24. The pavement will end in 1.7 miles, but continue along a well maintained gravel road for 1 more mile. The trailhead with easily accessible parking will be on your right.
- Bring more water than you think you need
- Emergency snacks
- Comfortable shoes
- Trekking poles to navigate the steep descent
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