Happy Lake Ridge–Olympic Hot Springs Loop

Trip

Backpack - Happy Lake Ridge–Olympic Hot Springs Loop

A beautiful and moderate 20 mile/4700 ft backpack (over 2 days) that visits Happy Lake as well as Lizard Head Peak (with a mile of easy off trail terrain). Includes sweeping views of the Elwha River Valley and Mount Olympus. We will also visit Boulder Lake as well as Olympic Hot Springs for an 'end of trip' soak for those interested (bring a bathing suit).

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  • Sat, Oct 24, 2015 — Sun, Oct 25, 2015
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Intermediate
  • Adults
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,700 ft

Various P&Rs to accommodate attendees, then ~9am at the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles to get our overnight permit.  Attendees from the Seattle area should plan on taking the 7:10am Edmonds-Kingston Ferry.  From there we will meet at the end of the Olympic Hot Springs Road.

A beautiful and moderate 19 mile/4200 ft backpack (over 2 days) that visits Happy Lake as well as Lizard Head Peak (with a mile of easy off trail terrain). Includes sweeping views of the Elwha River Valley and Mount Olympus.  We will also visit Boulder Lake as well as Olympic Hot Springs for an 'end of trip' soak for those interested (bring a bathing suit).  We will camp in the general vicinity of Happy Lake.  Plan on night time temperatures getting down into the 40s or upper 30s.

Route/Place

Happy Lake Ridge–Olympic Hot Springs Loop



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

    Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin - Hoh

    Custom Correct Lake Crescent - Happy Lake Ridge
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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 Cannister or extra stuff sack and cord designed 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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