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Glines Canyon Overlook Trail

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast
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Length

2.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 450 ft.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
Road Washout: Trailhead inaccessible
 
 

This short, two mile trail takes hikers through a tunnel of alder, across a creek, and finally onto the lakebed of former Lake Mills.

From the parking area just below the Elwha interpretive area, head to the left, towards the river, and hop onto a trail where it says "Sensitive Revegetation Area Please Stay on Trail". You'll see a trail disappearing in brush to your left. This is a connector trail to the interpretive area, an alternate place to start your hike.

Head on down the trail, which alternates between gravel and sand. Cross Stokey Creek on a few well-placed rocks, and continue through a tunnel of tall alder trees, with grasses brushing your ankles. About a half mile in, a spur trail heads out to an overlook of the Elwha. Peek out that way, then return to the main trail, wading through a sea of lupine (watch out for slugs underfoot!) to finally arrive at a viewpoint overlooking the river.

Turning around, you'll see a nice view of the interpretive area and former dam site. Get your photos, and enjoy the sounds of the river, the sights of the clouds snagged in the trees, and the fresh clean smell of pines here before heading back.

 

Glines Canyon Overlook Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.0019, -123.6004 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

Olympic National Park

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Getting There

Headed west on Highway 101 from Port Angeles, drive 8.5 miles and turn left onto Olympic Hot Springs Road (just before the bridge over the Elwha River). Continue down Olympic Hot Springs Road, until you reach the park entrance gate. Buy a pass, (or flash one if you already have one) and follow this road until you reach the site of former Lake Mills, marked by interpretive signs and a restroom near a parking area. 10 yards further on, turn left down a dirt road and drive it to its end, about 0.3 miles. This parking area is gravel, and can accommodate about ten cars.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
Road Washout: Trailhead inaccessible
 

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