Day Hike - Kennedy Creek


Day Hike - Kennedy Creek

The falls on Kennedy Creek flow through a gorge of black basalt columns under a canopy of mature Douglas fir and western cedar, at the end of a brushy social trail. The hike is about 3 miles each way on logging road 2700, and a half mile each way on a path from the logging road to the falls. Some is through forest, and most is in the open. We'll take a detour of about a mile on the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group trails in a lush pocket forest along Kennedy Creek.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 780 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 413 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

Participants may carpool from Haggen on Black Lake Blvd. or meet at roadside parking on Old Olympic Hwy. opposite Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail road.  Details will be emailed to registered participants a few days before hike.  Plan on lunch near the falls.

The primary leader is being mentored by the assistant leader.  This is an easy to moderate hike at the pace of the slowest participant.  Much of it will be on coarse gravel logging roads, and boots with sturdy soles are recommended.  The last part before the falls is on an unmaintained social trail which may be overgrown, brushy and muddy and slippery. 


Kennedy Creek

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes

Eyeglasses or safety glasses may be a good idea going through overhanging vegetation and branches intruding on the path. 

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