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||Get yourself over to the Olympic Peninsula and drive north
on US 101 along Hood Canal to 14 miles north of Hoodsport. Take a left on
the Hamma Hamma Recreation Area road No. 25 to the end at a concrete
bridge over the Hamma Hamma River. Follow road #822 to the end to reach
the end of the road and the trailhead.
|| +2300 Feet (- 600 feet out)
||10 Miles Roundtrip
||7 out of 10, including climbing up to mountain tops
||good, take a small raft the upper lake is big lower lake no
||great, big mountains surrounding it and mountains goats
||Printable Topo Map
|Mildred Lakes are well worth a weekend visit. The trail is a
bit of a struggle. Although this trail is not maintained with some
navigation skill you will reach the lakes. I did this a after work on a
Thursday night, it was dark most of the trip. Thank goodness for a
The trail starts out straight uphill climb from the trailhead but then
you begin a nice 3 mile meander through the forest. Then the trail dips
down to a very nice creek, stay on the left side and go up until you hit
the waterfall there was a nice log to cross the creek here. Plus this is
where the trail continues and few decent camping spots lay here if you
don't mind the foot traffic through your 'dining' room'. After the creek,
the trail degrades rapidly and starts up a 1000 foot elevation gain in
less than a mile, your best friend is an old log that you pull yourself up
the hill with. Just pace yourself because it does not get any easier until
you crest the top.
The trail then drops to the first lake. The trails around the lake are
numerous and somewhat confusing. I camped up at the upper lake after bushwhacking
along the left side of the lower lakes. At daybreak I inflated
my raft and set sail for the opposite side of the lake to find a great
spot to call home for the night. I was the only one up there with a raft
so I had the place to myself.
Fishing-- It was good. 11-13 inchers
Saturday I headed for the higher ground. I bushwhacked up the small valley
at the end of the upper lake. It was great, walking through the
wildflowers and then I even managed to get up into the snow. I climbed to
the top and it was nearly dark. So I set up the Bivy Sack and took in the
unobstructed views. There was a warm wind blowing out of the back valley.
I think I could see the Flapjack Lakes from my vantage point. I spent the
rest of the day reading God's word and soaking in all the beauty.
I awoke to some rocks falling in the huge boulder field I was perched
above. This place was also a home to a family of mountain goats. A cool
sight, and a picture?
The trip out in the daylight was a breeze and it was also almost all
Do it again? No
There is not a maintained trail to these lakes, it may be a dangerous
adventure if you are not an experienced
backcountry nut and/or don't have the
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