Hike to Olympic Hot Springs

Washington Olympic Hot Springs Trailhead

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.

Pack List

  • Comfortable, sturdy shoes
  • Water
  • Lunch or snacks
  • Towel
  • Bathing suit (optional)
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

260 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Forest
Hot Springs
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

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How to Get There

2 months ago

Road Still Closed, Easy Hike Tho

With the road closed it makes for a tidy 21mi round trip hike, possible to do it in a day (we did). That being said, the road was 95% clear of snow two days ago when we did it and the trail itself was snowy but not bad! I would suggest bringing a good pair of road-running shoes for the hike/jog up and the jog back down on the road, if it's going to be closed! There were a few trees down and a spot that looked like it might slide soon, so I could understand why it was closed. Hot springs were lovely!! Very sulfur-y, as to be expected, but perfectly hot and amazing to soak in for a bit before heading back down! They're all a bit spaced and hidden around once you cross the log bridge (hang a left and stay left [towards the little outhouse with the crescent moon on it] once you cross the suspension bridge), we found the bigger one near the river only on our way out. I felt bad for dragging my not-as-outdoorsy/not-long-distance-running friend with me. She was in pain by the end, but I didn't have to carry her so I was proud!

2 months ago

6 months ago

Road Still Closed

Still closed off unfortunately

6 months ago

11 months ago

Soak Good!

June 2016 - the road is still closed to cars but open to bikes. We rented bikes in Port Angeles and cycled up, it's 10miles and 1,500 ft elevation gain so a bit of a grind before you even start the walking to the springs! We had the springs to ourselves and enjoyed a good soak before freewheeling all the way back down.

11 months ago

about 1 year ago

Road Washed Out Update

As of 2/26/16 the park told me the road to the hot springs is washed out. Vehicles can't make it but you could hike your way in... But it's 11 miles there. They said they don't have a time frame for when the road will be fixed.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Sad to say

As of today 12/28/2015 the road is washed out and the gates are closed about 10 miles from the hot springs.

over 1 year ago

Added by Matt Williams

Rock climbing, mountain biking and backcountry guide. Avid splitboarder and avalanche educator. Photographer and writer.

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