Olympia, WA 98512
- 2.9 miles
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 1100 feet
- Spring to Winter
Trail starts in asecond growth forest, with heavy undergrowth of salal, rhododendrons and vine maple. As the trail switchbacks, it crosses an old Cat track that goes straight up the hill. It crosses the Cat trackoff and on, finally following it entirely makingthe climb a bit steeper. The trail enters denseforest and veers away from the Cat track,becoming a more gradual grade through a standof western hemlock. Beyond a logged area, the path goes back into forest and either follows theridge or traverses to one side. The trail thenapproaches a cave or hole beside the trail that looks straight down. Be alert and use caution.Presently, the trail comes out of the forest onto theridge top and ends where a fire lookout towerformerly stood.
Small parking area. There is no toilet nor water available at trailhead
This trail leads to the top of theridge through a second growth forest of Douglas-fir
Hiking, wildflower viewing (known for rhododendrons) and scenic views of thesurrounding mountains: Mt. Washington and Mt.Pershing; the Sawtooth Range consisting of Mt.Cruiser, Mt. Skokomish and Mt. Stone; TheBrothers, and in a gap between Lena and TheBrothers, a rounded peak with a snowfield Mt.Deception and a steep peak – Mt. Mystery.
Motorized vehicles are prohibited.
Map + Directions
Travel Highway 101 to FS Road #25(Hamma Hamma Recreation Area) 14 milesnorth of Hoodsport. Turn west on FS Road #25,go 6.5 miles to the junction of the FS Rd. #2480and turn left on to #2480. Drive a short distanceafter you cross the Hamma Hamma River to FS Road #2421. Turn on to #2421 and drive 2.5miles to trailhead. FS Road #2421 is very steepand rocky. Good tires are recommended.