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Appleton Pass
pnwhikes > Olympic Peninsula > Lake Crescent
The trail to Appleton Pass begins at the end of the Olympic Hot Springs road. The first 2.2 miles of trail hikes along an old road that has since been converted to trail. After hiking along the old road, the trail descends to cross Crystal Creek. You'll cross the creek via a new suspension bridge before coming to a fork. The right path leads 0.2 miles to Boulder Creek campground while straight will take you to a bridge that crosses Boulder Creek, and on to hot springs (that you may be able to smell).

Boulder Creek campground makes a good base camp for your trip up to Appleton Pass. From the campground, hike 0.7 miles to an intersection with Boulder Lake Trail, and then its another 4.6 miles to Appleton Pass. The trail climbs along through forests, with views of meadows, Lower and Upper Boulder Falls, creeks and wildflowers.
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
View 14.8 mi 3 / 5 8 / 10 3300 ft

User Groups
Hikers, Horses

Accessibility
July-October

Permits
A National Parks Pass is required to park here
 
Hike Featured In...
Day Hiking Olympic PeninsulaDay Hiking Olympic Peninsula
Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula
By Craig Romano
Driving Directions:
From Port Angeles, follow US 101 west about 9 miles. Turn left (south) onto Olympic Hot Springs Road and follow it to the end. Stay on this road into Olympic National Park and all the way to the end. Along the way you will pass the Ranger Station, pass the turn off to Whisky Bend, cross the Elwha, pass the entrance to Altair Campground and the best overlook by a dam site. The well-marked trailhead is at the end of the road.
Contact Information:
Olympic National Park
Wilderness Info Center
3002 Mount Angeles Road
Port Angeles, Wa 98362
Tel: 360.565.3100
http://www.nps.gov/olym

Books
Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula
Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula
Maps
Green Trails #133 Mount Tom
#133 Mount Tom
Green Trails #134 Mount Olympus
#134 Mount Olympus
USGS Bogachiel Peak
Bogachiel Peak
USGS Mount Carrie
Mount Carrie
Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin - Hoh
Seven Lakes Basin - Hoh
Permits
National Parks Pass
National Parks Pass
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