Photos of the last 12 hikes with the Port Ludlow Hiking Club


2019-03-08 Fort Worden Hike: This trail is not in the guidebook . The Fort Worden State Park offers more than 12 miles of wide trails with moderate slops. Hikers can choose from multiple trails:  many of which include gun emplacements with interpretive signage.  The trails are well marked and there are maps available on the Washington State Parks website. The trails are easy to follow and well maintained. There were 13 hikers plus one dog.


2019-02-22 Dosewallips State Park Hike: This is hike 44 from the Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula guidebook 2nd edition by Craig Romano. The Dosewallips State Park Maple Valley and Steam Donkey trails are a combined 3.6 miles roundtrip with 550 feet of elevation change.  The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. There were 13 hikers plus one dog.


2019-01-25 Fort Flagler Hike: This is hike 72 in the guidebook. The Fort Flagler State Park offers more than 7 miles of wide trails with moderate slops. Hikers can choose from multiple trails:  many of which include gun emplacements with interpretive signage.  The trails are well marked and there are maps available on the Washington State Parks website. The trails are easy to follow and well maintained. There were 31 hikers plus four dogs.


2019-01-11 Gibbs Lake Hike: This is hike 69 in the guidebook. The Gibbs Lake County Park offers more than 7 miles of good trails with moderate slops. Hikers can choose from multiple trails:  some of which include views of Gibbs Lake.  The trails are well marked and there are maps available at the trailhead. The trails are easy to follow and well maintained. There were 23 hikers plus three dogs.


2018-11-30 Larry Scott Trail Hike: This trail is not in the guidebook. The Larry Scott Trail is 16 miles roundtrip with very little elevation change. This is a wide very well maintained trail. There were 16 hikers plus one dog.


2018-11-02 Waterfalls Hike:  Instead of a single location, we hiked in four different places. First stop, private land along the Big Quilcene River. This hike included the only privately own bridge across the Big Quilcene River. This trail is not available to the public.

Our next stop was the Falls View Canyon hike trailhead. We did not hike the Falls View Canyon Trail. Instead we viewed Falls View Falls from the overlook next to the trailhead.

Next stop was Murhut Falls Trail, hike 43 in the guidebook. This hike is an easy 1.6 miles roundtrip with 300 feet of elevation change. The waterfall has two parts. The upper falls drops 100 feet and the lower falls adds another 30 feet.

Our last stop was Rocky Brook Falls. This fall is a very easy 400 yards round trip. Rocky Brook Falls drops 229 feet into a shallow pool.  There were 15 hikers.


2018-10-19 Spruce Railroad Hike: This is hike 100 in the guidebook. The Spruce Railroad Trail is a moderately easy 8.2 miles roundtrip with 300 feet of elevation change. We only did approximately 6.3 miles roundtrip with 230 feet of elevation change. The trail runs next to the North side of Lake Crescent. The lake is visible all along the way. The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. There were 20 hikers and four dogs.


2018-10-05 Lower Gray Wolf Hike: This is hike 64 in the guidebook. The Lower Gray Wolf Trail is a moderately easy 7 miles roundtrip with 900 feet of elevation change. We only did approximately 6.8 miles roundtrip with 800 feet of elevation change. The trail runs along the Gray Wolf River in places. The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. There were 14 hikers.


2018-09-07 Lower Elwha Estuary Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. Instead we walked part of the new beaches created by the sediment released when the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams were removed. There was an estimated 34 million cubic yards of sediment stored behind the two dams. The sediment created all new beaches at the river mouth. We also did a short hike upstream from the river mouth into the Elwha River Valley. This hike was led by a guide provided by the Elwha Tribal Center. There were 25 hikers.


2018-08-10 Duckabush River Trail Hike: This is hike 42 in the guidebook. The Duckabush River Trail is a moderate 10.6 miles roundtrip with 2,150 feet of elevation change. We only did approximately 6.8 miles roundtrip with 1,394 feet of elevation change. The trail runs along the Duckabush River in places. The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. There were 15 hikers.


2018-07-27 Sunrise Ridge Hike: This is hike 83 in the guidebook. The Sunrise Ridge Trail is a moderately easy 5.2 miles roundtrip with 1,100 feet of elevation change. We only did approximately 4.2 miles roundtrip. The trail runs along Sunrise Ridge starting from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center parking lot.  On a clear day there are wonderful views of the Olympic Range and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. There were 18 hikers.


2018-07-13 Mount Townsend Hike: This is hike 54 in the guidebook. The Mount Townsend Trail is rated a difficult 8.2 miles roundtrip with 2980 feet of elevation change. The first 3 miles is mostly covered by trees and the last 1.1 miles is above the tree line. Once out of the woods there are flowers and views all along the trail. The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. There were 11 hikers.