Six Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 4,546' 1,386 m
Descent: -2,270' -692 m
High: 4,639' 1,414 m
Low: 1,482' 452 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 53% (28°)
Current trail conditions
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“Wild, unmaintained and remote, this trail is the definition of "primitive" in Olympic National Park.”— Doug Scott
Starting along the North Fork Skokomish River Trail, the trail quickly rises in elevation as you work your way up the ridge for over 50 switchbacks. While these might be discouraging, keep in mind that you are headed into pristine wilderness and one of the lesser visited regions of Olympic National Park. Once you have completed the steep switchbacks, the trail becomes more manageable from an elevation standpoint. It can still be tough to navigate, and assume you'll have to take some time to verify that you are on the trail every so often.
Less than a mile past the Belview Campground, the trail leaves the forest and crosses through some high alpine meadows before darting in and out of the woods again. Views are decent, the air is fresh, and the trail is pretty enough to encourage the trek onward.
Before long, you start descending toward the junction to Sundown Lake Trail. Once you reach the junction, the realization of the trail you just traversed becomes more impressive, as well groomed trails look like a freeway compared to the route you just took.
The Six Ridge Trail is awe inspiring, remote, and gorgeous and is ideal for those looking for solitude after exploring the Staircase Rapids region of Olympic.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Olympic National Park