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Griff Creek

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast
48.0409, -123.5900 Map & Directions
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2,800 feet
Highest Point
3,200 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Views of the Elwha River Valley from Griff Creek Trail. Photo by runningdi. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash

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The trailhead for Griff Creek is behind the Elwha River washout, meaning hikers must do a short road walk to access this steep but quiet trail. Continue reading

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Hiking Griff Creek

The trailhead for Griff Creek is behind the Elwha River washout, meaning hikers must do a short road walk to access this steep but quiet trail.

Since the Olympic Hot Springs road washed out and was closed in 2018, hikers must do a 2 mile road walk from the Madison Falls trailhead to get to the former trailhead for Griff Creek. But once this low-key warmup is over, Griff Creek trail treats you to about 1000 feet per mile of elevation gain. Whew.

Luckily, for the first mile of trail, you hike under a canopy of both deciduous and evergreen trees, and the trail is lined with ferns and mosses, even wildflowers in the right season! About a mile and a half from the former trailhead, hikers arrive at a large rock where you might find a peek of Griff Peak -- but just around the corner is a better viewpoint where you can see views up the Elwha River valley toward former Lake Mills and the Olympic Mountains in the distance including Mounts Carrie and Fairchild. 

You've only got another half mile to the next viewpoint, but it's steep. Once you've arrived, you'll enjoy the same views as below but more expansive. Consider stopping here for lunch or a snack or just making it the end of your hike. The official end of the trail is another 0.8 miles from where you are, with similar views that you've see from the other two viewpoints, and reporters have noted that the last section of the trail is considerably more challenging than the first parts.

But, from the very top, you get views of the backside of Hurricane Hill, Griff Peak and one of the Unicorns!

Toilet Information

  • Toilet at trailhead
  • Accessible toilet

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Griff Creek

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0409, -123.5900 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Road Closed: The road to this trailhead is inaccessible to vehicles due to a washout. Data for this route reflect a hike starting at the Madison Falls trailhead which is the last accessible trailhead before the washout.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

  Head west on Highway 101 from Port Angeles. Turn left onto Olympic Hot Springs Road, and follow this road to the park gate. There is a wheelchair-accessible toilet at this trailhead.

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Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

Griff Creek (#53)

Olympic National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Custom Correct Elwha Valley

Buy the Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climbing No. 133S map

Buy the Green Trails Hurricane Ridge/Elwha North No. 134S map

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