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12.4 mile 20.0 kilometer loop


Ascent: 2,963' 903 m
Descent: -3,005' -916 m
High: 3,670' 1,119 m
Low: 1,060' 323 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)


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Enjoy panoramic views of the Sol Duc Valley and Lake Crescent along this wilderness experience.

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A NW Forest Pass is required on each vehicle parked at trailhead. Day & Annual NW Passes are available at FS offices and vendors, but not available at trailheads.


Hiking, riding, mountain biking and viewing scenery are all on offer here at Mt. Muller, in addition to the ever-changing colors of flowers. In addition, carry adequate drinking water and be prepared for bad weather.

Be mindful - the flower meadows are very fragile. Please stay on the trail. Tether stock in designated areas only or in the trees below the meadows. Practice LEAVE NO TRACE techniques during your trip.


From a lush temperate forest valley, the trail climbs 2,200 feet in three miles to Snider Ridge Trail on very steep switchbacks. After reaching this ridge, the trail weaves four miles through Douglas-fir trees on the ridge's northern side, and rocky points and high meadows to the south. The trail meanders along the ridgetop between Jims Junction and Mosley gap. This section offers spectacular views of Mt. Olympus, Lake Crescent, the Straits of Juan de Fuca, and the Sol Duc Valley below.

Be sure to stop and take a breather at Panorama Point - the views to the south, especially of Lake Crescent and Mt. Olympus, are unrivaled.

From Mosley Gap the trail descends to the valley floor through boulder formations and overhanging moss. Along the way you bypass the Spruce Railroad Trail, which takes you to the northern shores of Lake Crescent. The loop trail finally returns to the trailhead through beautiful stands of maple, Douglas-fir and western hemlock.


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Jul 6, 2018
Geoffrey Adams
Steep steep out of the parking lot. Great views from ridge. Primo natural gravel loose singletrack down. Classic old style trail. Slack hardtail in… 12.4mi
Jul 3, 2018
Heiry Vesga
Difficult ride going up but an amazing descent going down.
Jun 13, 2015
Elena Overland
The first 1.5 very steep and keeps getting steeper with about 5-7 switch backs! Also beware that there is about 8 trees that have fallen over the t...

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Strenuous, expect to walk your bike quite a bit. Despite how strong, or in shape you may be, back tire spins out, making riding impossible. If you have disc breaks, on the way down bring an extra water bottle to cool them off. Aug 25, 2015
I rode this with a friend on rigid MTBs and had a blast. And yes, if you go up the west trail, there's a lot of hoofing it due to traction problems. If you have a 20 gear-inch bailout, you could sit and spin, I suppose, but walking would be just as fast. After that first 3.5 miles climbing, though, it's a great ride even if you're not in great shape. Ups and downs with only a few dismounts. Jul 29, 2017

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