Aurora Ridge

Explore a part of the Olympics that few others have seen, high above Lake Crescent, on this seldom-traveled, strenuous 24 mile route with 4,000 feet of elevation gain ascending the ridge dividing the Soleduck and Lyre Rivers.

on the trail

This seldom-traveled trail follows the divide between the Soleduck and Lyre rivers. The trail climbs to Aurora Ridge and then follows the watershed until merges with the Aurora Divide trail. From the Aurora Divide trail hike down to the trail to the intersection with the Barnes Creek. Follow Barnes Creek trail to the Storm King Ranger Station on the shore of Crescent Lake.  The trail not well maintained.  Some routefinding may be required, and the route may be covered in snow into June.

  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 23.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft
  • 4,800 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Green Trails Joyce No. 102
  • Custom Correct Lake Crescent - Happy Lake Ridge
  • USGS Lake Sutherland
  • USGS Lake Crescent
  • Green Trails Lake Crescent No. 101
  • Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
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