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This trail leads along the now closed Boulder Creek portion of Elwha River Road to the parking area two miles beyond the closure. The spur trail leads .5 miles southward from the parking area.

This trail follows Boulder Creek Road two miles from the trailhead to a spur trail leading .5 miles to Olympic Hot Springs. It begins at the end of the Elwha River Road, elevation 1,800 feet. (This route is also known as Boulder Creek Road past the Lake Mills dam.) The route descends toward the river slowly crossing Cougar, Hell and Crystal Creeks. Shortly beyond Crystal Creek the road ends at a parking area. Walk through the parking area along the northern shore of Boulder Creek to a spur trail leading left. This trail crosses Boulder Creek and leads .5 miles to the hot springs on the southern bank. A popular resort once stood in this area, but nothing remains of it.

Directions: From Port Angeles, Follow Highway 101 westward approximately 8 miles to Elwha River Road, a.k.a. Olympic Hot Springs Road. Turn left and follow the river road southward into Olympic National Park. Three miles from Highway 101 you'll reach the Elwha Campground, continue past this facility to the Elwha Ranger Station. (Here you can obtain trail conditions and camping permits.) Beyond the ranger station veer right as the Whiskey Bend Road leads to the left. Follow this road 6 miles to its end and the trailhead for Boulder Creek.

Elevation: 1,800 feet

Ending Elevation: 2,100 feet

Usage: Heavy in Summer

Difficulty: Easy

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Olympic National Park, Washington

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