Olympic Hot Springs, Boulder Lake & Appleton Pass


Backpack - Olympic Hot Springs, Boulder Lake & Appleton Pass

Backpack in 2.5 miles mostly on an abandoned paved road to a campground near Olympic Hot Springs, where we camp Saturday night, and soak in the hot springs Saturday afternoon.

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2015 — Sun, Jun 14, 2015
  • Tacoma Hiking & Backpacking Committee
  • Day Hiking, Backpacking
  • Intermediate
  • Singles, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate, Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft

Meet at 9 AM Saturday at the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.

At the Wilderness Information Center we will pay camp, Park and canister fees and those needing them will pick up required bear canisters, which need to be dropped off at the WIC on Sunday.  Saturday morning we will backpack in 2.5 miles, mostly on a paved road with minimal elevation gain, to a campground near Olympic Hot Springs, where we camp Saturday night.  Saturday afternoon there will be the option of soaking in the hot springs or day hiking to Boulder Lake.  The late sunset will provide time in the evening to spend in the hot spring.  We will hike out Sunday morning.  During the drive and hike in and out we will be able to observe the impact of the removal of the two dams on the Elwha River.    


Olympic Hot Springs, Boulder Lake & Appleton Pass

  • Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climb No. 133S

    Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin - Hoh

    Custom Correct Lake Crescent - Happy Lake Ridge

    USGS Bogachiel Peak

    USGS Mount Carrie
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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