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


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.


2018-06-29 Upper Dungeness Trail: This is hike 59 in the guidebook. The Upper Dungeness River Trail is a fairly easy 7 miles roundtrip with 600 feet of elevation change. The trail runs along the Upper Dungeness River almost the entire way.  The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. There were 16 hikers plus one dog.


2018-05-18 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, Steam Donkey and Rhody Cut-off trails are a combined 5.1 miles roundtrip with 614 feet of elevation change.  The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. There were 12 hikers.


2018-05-04 Port Ludlow Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. This was a 4.5 mile hike to show off some of the 26 miles of trails in Port Ludlow. Most these trails were created by and all of the trails are maintained by volunteers. All of the trails shown are within one and a half miles of the village center. They include marina, water fall, deep wood and urban street views. There were 27 hikers plus one dog.


2018-04-21 Nodule Point Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. Instead this was a low tide walk along the beach to Nodule Point on Marrowstone Island. Nodule Point is so named because of the bowling ball size nodules found approximately 2.2 miles south of the trailhead. The nodules are actually concretions which form as a result of different cementations within the sand or siltstone. It was a beautiful day to walk on the beach. There were 30 hikers plus two dogs.


2018-03-09 Waterfalls Hike: This is hikes 43 and 49 in the guidebook with the addition of a small hike to Rocky Brook Falls which is not in the guidebook.

The Murhut Falls Trail, hike 43, 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.

The Falls View Canyon Trail, hike 49, is an easy 1.5 miles roundtrip with 400 feet of elevation change. Near the trailhead there is a .1 mile side trip to a lookout where you can view a 100 foot waterfall that cascades into the Big Quilcene River.

The Rocky Brook Trail, not in the guidebook, is a very easy 400 yards round trip. Rocky Brook Falls drops 229 feet into a shallow pool. There were 17 hikers.


2018-02-09 Fort Flagler Hike: This is hike 72 in the guidebook. The Fort Flagler State Park offers more than 5 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 17 hikers plus two dogs.


2018-01-26 North Kitsap Heritage Park Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. Even though this is a small park it has many trail options. If you walked all the options available, it would be a 10.5 mile hike. Our group did about 5 miles. The trails are peaceful, quiet and very well maintained. There were 19 hikers plus 2 dogs.