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||Olympic National Park
||Head north up US 101, go to Hoodsport and turn left on RD 24
Lake Cushman Road, follow this to the Staircase trailhead
||3200 ft elevation gain
||16+ miles round trip
||7 out of 10
||Did not try too much snow
||Good, I like hiking in the rain forest
||Printable Topo Map
Flapjack Lakes are pretty lakes, but I would just assume look down at
them from Mildred lakes rather than hiking to them again.
This is a very popular place, don't go here with
the idea of hiking alone. We opted to do this in winter. The views are good, the biggest reason for doing this hike was the rain forest
and that the Alpine Lakes region was packed with too much snow to hike up
The trail starts off about 5 feet wide then eventually narrows down.
There is a stream crossing, easily crossed. The elevation gain does not
really start until the junction to Flapjack Lakes. The trail climbs
steadily and the views at the stream crossing are worth the strain, keep
on trudging as it gets a little steeper at the junction to Smith Lake and
Black & White Lakes. Just one last hill to climb and your at the two
We just day hiked up to the lakes so we ate our lunch, relaxed a bit
and headed back down. We met the guy that created the hiking site "Cooltrails.com",
on our way down to our base camp.
It was very peaceful and I enjoyed the rain forest scenery.
Do it again? No
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