Features: Birding — River/Creek — Spring — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs
Can be muddy with downed trees.
Park at the end of the Elwha River Road (also called the Olympic Hot Springs
Road) and follow the remnants of this closed road west for about 2.5 miles on mellow grades, hopping over the occasional stream. This part of the route can become muddy and there are often downed trees in the early season.
This old closed road is considered the Olympic Hot Springs
Trail and soon arrives at a suspension bridge to cross Crystal Creek. Next pass the former parking lot which is now an alder filled meadow. Ignore the Appleton Pass Trail
and continue on the Olympic Hot Springs
Trail across Boulder Creek.
There are several small pools here to choose from. The smell of sulfur is not too overwhelming and the temperatures vary from lukewarm to hot tub temperatures. Run further in for the warmest pools. Most pools only reach your waist while you are sitting. Please be sure to pack out ALL your waste, this popular spot is easily trashed. Also, there is often nudity here so squeamish folks may want to steer clear.