Mount Muller Loop Trail in Washington

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Mount Muller Loop Trail

Built in 1994, Mount Muller Loop Trail is located on the long northern ridge above the Sol Duc Valley, allowing for spectacular views of some of the peninsula’s most wondrous sites, including majestic Mount Olympus and sparkling Lake Crescent. Read More

  • One of the newest and best-maintained trails on the Olympic Peninsula 
  • Stellar views of Lake Crescent and Mount Olympus 
  • Dogs allowed 
  • Open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians

Why should I hike Mount Muller Loop Trail?

This trail was designed and built by Forest Service employees who knew exactly where the best sights and most enjoyable hiking would be, so it’s just one adventure after another. It’s usually snow-free by May so hiking season is fairly long on this loop and it’s a great way to experience Olympic National Park high country.

The scenery is second-to-none and includes plenty of second-growth forest, meadows that literally burst with colorful wildflowers (especially in the late spring), a stunning look at Mount Olympus, and – best by far – an amazing view of Lake Crescent that simply cannot be enjoyed from anywhere else in the park. The trail is also open to equestrians and mountain bikers but is rarely crowded. You can also hike Mount Muller Loop Trail with your dog!

Where is the trailhead?

From Port Angeles, travel west on US-101 for 31 miles. Three miles beyond the junction with the Sol Duc Hot Springs Road, turn right onto Forest Road no. 3071. The trailhead is just up the road, located close to an electric substation.

What can I expect? 

  • Distance: 12.8 miles 
  • Average time of hike: 6-8 hours 
  • Elevation gain: 3,150 feet 
  • Difficulty: moderately strenuous 
  • Trail Type: loop

Any suggestions on planning and preparing for this trail?

The Mount Muller Loop Trail is very dry, so you’ll want to make sure you bring along enough water for the duration of the hike. If you’re hiking in early May or mid to late October, you may encounter some snow so be prepared and always check trail conditions first. There’s not a lot of wildlife to view, but you’ll still want to bring a camera because the scenery is spectacular.