Hike to Olympic Hot Springs

4.4 miles 260 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Matt Williams

Enjoy a short, moderate day hike through the old growth forests of Olympic National Park and soak in one of 22 natural hot springs. Take advantage of the local clothing optional tradition and go au naturel in one of the many pools secluded from the trail, if you want.

A local favorite, this moderate day hike winds its way uphill from the Appleton Pass trailhead through old growth stands of fir, hemlock and cedar for 2.2 miles to a cluster of hot springs interspersed among the trees.

Located in the Olympic National Park, the trailhead lies at the end of Olympic Hot Springs Road, several miles above the old Glines Canyon Dam (now removed).

The hike itself consists mostly of a long abandoned road that has since converted into a broad trail. The old asphalt has been removed and replaced with shredded wood to encourage plant growth, making for a smooth and pleasant path.

As you near the hot springs, the old roadway gives way to narrower trail. Here you will cross a newly-built suspension bridge at Crystal Creek. At the top of the slope after the bridge, you'll enter a flat meadow (once a parking lot). Bear right at the fork and follow your nose to the hot springs. Keep an eye out on both sides of the trail, as some of the best pools are tucked away among the trees.

Camping is also available at Boulder Creek Campground adjacent to the hot springs.

Note that the NPS does not monitor the water quality of the hot springs.

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Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Easy Parking
Forest
Hot Springs
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

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4 months ago

Road has been washed away

Too hard to get to without a 20 mile hike. But we went about 1/4 of the way. Some cool views around.

Naturism FKK

Nudity is called naturism in America and FKK - in Europe which is everywhere. Just wanted to note that it safe. Children are to scared or have PTSD from it. 75 percent of 11 year olds are being exposed to porn. Celebrate your beautiful bodies in a natural experience and model a shame free state of mind. That is the greatest gift you can give your kids

Closed roads is perfect for biking and privacy

The two washouts have closed the main 10 mile road but that leaves you the perfect opportunity to turn this into either a day bike uphill with a small 2.2 mile hike in to the hot springs, or a weekend bike and hike in a beautiful campground that used to belong to a 1920’s resort. once you’re done simply get back on your bike and coast the entire way downhill for 10 miles rather than hiking out. Along the way, you pass the old remnants of a dam with an amazing view of the valley. Trust me, it’s worth the uphill bike ride.

Road is still closed due to washout

07/10/2019 road is still closed due to washout. Can’t drive past Madison Falls trailhead.

Road closed

Road closed due to washout

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