Review: Flapjack Lakes Trail, Olympic NP

Alright, time for an overdue review! A few weeks ago I took an amazing hike up to Flapjack Lakes in Olympic National Park. This was my first major hike in Olympic NP and I got to the trailhead really late in the day (1 p.m.). That said, I was blessed with some great weather the entire hike and made it out just as the sun was setting. All told, the hike was 15 miles out and back, plus I think I hiked around the lakes for at least a mile. The scenery at the top was amazing with the Sawtooth Mountains rising up behind these alpine lakes and creating a gigantic natural amphitheater.

Western Flapjack Lake with Sawtooths.

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PNwP Inaugural Podcast w/ Guest Expert Barbara Maynes of the National Park Service

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Check out my first podcast, hosted here on PodBean, and learn about some of my favorite hikes and hiking areas in Olympic National Park and hear from Barbara Maynes, Public Information Officer with Olympic National Park, about recently completed and in-the-works projects and upgrades to the park. Ms. Maynes discusses the recently re-opened Pyramid Peak trail, the Elwha River Restoration project and a new overlook along the river, and upgrades to two of the park’s popular visitor centers. Follow along with a trail map, check out recent visitor statistics for the park, and learn more about goings-on at Olympic National Park.

Related readings:
Elwha River Restoration blog
Info about Elwha Dam and Glines Canyon Dam removals
Spruce Railroad Trail
Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail map