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Striped Peak

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast
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Length

6.8 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1166 ft.

Rating

3.43 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2020
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

Visit a park full of coastal scenery, forests, rocky bluffs, tide pools, and a hearty climb to a 1,166-foot viewpoint. 

Clallam County’s 196-acre Salt Creek Recreation Area offers a little bit of something for everyone—playgrounds and play fields, hiking and biking trails, wildlife viewing, remnants from WWII-era Camp Hayden, year-round camping and panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The Striped Peak Trail begins just past the park’s entrance booth. Trailhead parking is on the right and clearly signed. Striped Peak is actually a forested peak to the west; a spur trail accesses it but it is not part of the main loop.

This is a hike for views north across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island and northeast to Salt Spring Island. The way is pleasant, offering a short, well-signed hike through lovely coastal forest and a fine way to spend a few hours on the Olympic Peninsula.

Start out among fir and maple, traveling along a well constructed gravel path. As the path heads into the forest, it wanders through towering cedar, fir and hemlock while ascending to a viewpoint. About 0.9 miles from the trailhead, peer 200 feet below to a remote and isolated cove. The junction to side side trail leading down to the cove is clearly sign-posted. The hike down is steep, but excellent stepping-stairs have been built along the way, so footing is not as difficult as the grade would suggest. At high tide, the rocky beach is accessible only by wading, so it is best to go when the tide is at least half way out.

After crossing a few creeks (dry by summer's end), the trail turns, switchbacks and meets an active logging road. Cross directly over and connect with the new trail across the road, which is clearly marked. It continues uphill through the forest, shortly reaching a large sign with a trail map. From there it meanders uphill, meeting a wide trail or old road just before a large clearing stacked with logging slash. The trail skirts north of the clearing, passing a grassy turnaround for logging trucks, and then angles right (north) to the lookout. 

The view north is expansive. From the viewpoint the trail continues westward, turning downhill in a  series of gentle switchbacks, until intersecting the road about a quarter mile west of the uphill crossing. To head back, walk back down the road to the crossing to make a lollipop loop. 

 

Striped Peak

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.1622, -123.6986 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Striped Peak DNR PDF Map: https://bit.ly/2C9vMnr

Buy the Green Trails Dog Mountian No. 102 map

Getting There

From Port Angeles follow US 101 west for 5 miles to State Route 112. Turn right on SR 112, heading west for just over 7 miles. Turn right (north) onto Camp Hayden Road, following it 3.5 miles to Salt Creek County Park. Enter the park, pass the entrance booth, and immediately turn right for trailhead parking.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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