Olympic Hot Springs, Boulder Lake & Appleton Pass


Backpack - Olympic Hot Springs, Boulder Lake & Appleton Pass

Impromptu lowland backpack on the elwha with possible snowshoe to Boulder lake or Appleton pass.

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  • *Varies*, Easy, Moderate, Strenuous, Strenuous 4, Technical 4
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 24.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,400 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,400 ft
  • Pace: 2mph

Madison Falls TH 8am.

We will do the road walk along the Elwha River, including the very cool Elwha dam 8 mi to the trailhead and 2.4 mi to Boulder Creek campground. After setting up camp we may snowshoe to Boulder lake. There will be time for soaking in the hot springs Saturday night or Sunday morning if they're clean enough.  


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
  • See full route/place details.
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
  • Snowshoes and microspikes
  • Trekking poles
  • 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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