Our Trail of the Week feature is made possible through a partnership with Trail Run Project.
Olympic National Park is one of Washington’s most beautiful places, with a diverse landscape ranging from rainforest to coastline.
The High Divide Loop illustrates that variety. This route has it all: rainforest, alpine meadows, spectacular views, wildflowers, and pristine lakes. It is understandably popular but amazingly, it’s still possible to find solitude here.
Depending on the season and winter snow totals, you are likely to encounter snowfields. Snow crossings may be necessary and some people prefer to carry an ice axe. June to October is the best season.
Most people complete this loop in the counter clockwise direction, but either way works.
Runnable: 81 percent
Singletrack: 100 percent
Average Grade: 8 percent
Total Ascent: 3,807
Total Descent: -3,831
Highest Elevation: 5,343 feet
For a closer look, check out the interactive map, data, photos and virtual run simulator courtesy of Trail Run Project: