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Chapter 3: Northwestern Washington

Here’s where you’ll find the latest notes & updates about specific springs in Northwestern Washington.  If a spring name has no other information listed under it, then there haven’t been any changes since the book was published.  This page contains only the current known status; for a history of changes, see the News & Updates page.


Baker Hot Spring


Gamma Hot Springs

December 31, 2014:  The Suiattle River road, which has been closed for 11 years because of washouts, is finally open to its end. See www.wta.org/signpost/hooray-the-suiattle-road-is-finally-open?searchterm=suiattle+river+trail for details. It should now be easy to search for Sulphur hot springs, but Gamma hot springs on Glacier Peak is still a long, wilderness trip.


Kennedy Hot Springs


Olympic Hot Springs

June 3, 2016:   According to an article by the Peninsula Daily News, the road leading up to the hot springs is closed at the Madison Falls (Elwha) gate due to a washout about 1 mile in, resulting in an 8 mile (13 km) hike up to the old trail head.  While closed to vehicles, there is a bypass in place allowing hikers, cyclists, and horses to access the road.  Note that bikes aren’t allowed on the trail past the old parking area.


Scenic Hot Springs


Sol Duc Hot Springs


Sulphur Hot Springs

December 31, 2014:  The Suiattle River road, which has been closed for 11 years because of washouts, is finally open to its end. See www.wta.org/signpost/hooray-the-suiattle-road-is-finally-open?searchterm=suiattle+river+trail for details. It should now be easy to search for Sulphur hot springs, but Gamma hot springs on Glacier Peak is still a long, wilderness trip.

Much More Than a Walk in the Park …

Olympic Hot Springs, deep in Olympic National Park, used to be an easy 45-minute walk until the access changed in 2012.  For two years the only way in involved a demanding four-day wilderness trek.  Finally, in late 2014 the “original” road and trail were reopened.  Those who do make the journey, whether they take 45-minutes or 4-days, will be rewarded with plenty of soaking pools and a variety of temperatures.