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Dry Creek Trail receives limited maintenance during the summer months, but is a great place for day hiking, backpacking, wildlife observation, and scenery.

The first section of trail meanders through the woods and along the lake shore to a viewpoint where Mt. Rose is visible. The trail then turns and begins to climb to a junction with a lake access trail (keep right). From here the trail follows an abandoned and overgrown road to a campsite near the Dry Creek crossing. Once you cross the log foot bridge you will bear to the right and begin to climb steeply before entering an old growth forest. The trail continues to climb until the pass between Dry Mountain and Prospect Ridge. At this point the trail levels out and descends to Forest Service road 2353-200.

There are no facilities at the trailhead. Water and toilets are available at Staircase Campground in the Olympic National Park.

Directions: From Hoodsport, Turn west onto State Route 119 and travel for 9 miles to the junction with Forest Service Rd 24. Turn left and travel 6 miles to Forest Service Rd 2451. Turn left and drive across the causeway over the North Fork Skokomish River. Drive approximately 100 yards, The trailhead will be located on the left side of the road.

Elevation: 750 feet

Ending Elevation: 3,200 feet

Elevation Gain: 2,450 feet

Distance: 7 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Olympic National Forest, Washington

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