Olympic Hot Springs, Boulder Lake & Appleton Pass


Backpack - Olympic Hot Springs, Boulder Lake & Appleton Pass

Backpack 2.5 miles, with 400 feet elevation gain mostly on an abandoned paved road, to Olympic Hot Springs, where we camp Saturday night at nearby Boulder Creek Campground.

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2015 — Sun, Jun 14, 2015
  • Tacoma Hiking & Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Intermediate
  • Singles, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 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 without them will pick up required bear canisters that must be returned on Sunday.  From the WIC, we will drive to the trailhead on the Elwha River Road.  Olympic Hot Springs is on the site of a former resort that burned down, leaving a legacy of multiple hot spring pools of various temperatures.  The nearby Boulder Creek Campground was built for car campers before the road was closed to cars by a washout 2.5 miles from the campground.  


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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