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Jupiter Ridge Trail is a gradual ascent of Jupiter Ridge with scenic views of the Duckabush Valley, Mt. Jupiter, The Brothers, and Hood Canal. The trail switchbacks up the ridge through salal and rhododendrons and then climbs less steeply toward the summit of Mt. Jupiter.

At the five mile mark, the trail becomes rougher and more open. From the ridge line, the Jupiter Lakes are visible below. Puget Sound and the Olympic Range can be seen from the summit of Mt. Jupiter. The best views of Rainier, Adams, and St. Helens are on the return hike. Routes to Jupiter Lakes are not formally established and hikers most scramble (900 feet elevation drop) down to the lakes.

Bring plenty of water with you as there is none along the trail.

Directions: From Hoodsport, Travel Highway 101 to Forest Service Road 2610-010 (Mt. Jupiter Rd) approximately 22 miles north of Hoodsport. Follow Rd 2610-010 for 2.5 miles to the junction with Rd 2610-011. Take the left fork. Just north of the intersection is a wildlife gate which is locked from October 1 to May 1. During this time you must hike the 2.5 miles spur to the trailhead. The trail takes off to the left at the end of Rd 2610-011. Trailers are not possible.

Elevation: 2,000 feet

Ending Elevation: 4,500 feet

Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet

Distance: 7.2 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Olympic National Forest, Washington

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