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Washington Backcountry Trails

Flapjack Lakes in winter

A beautiful view of the beauty of the Olympics


Flapjack Lakes

Flapjack Lakes in winter

Definition of terms below
Location: Olympic National Park 
Directions: Head north up US 101, go to Hoodsport and turn left on RD 24 Lake Cushman Road, follow this to the Staircase trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate 
Elevation +/- 3200 ft elevation gain
Distance: 16+ miles round trip
Rating: 7 out of 10
Fishing: Did not try too much snow
Scenery: Good, I like hiking in the rain forest
Map: 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 there. 

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 lakes.

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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