Murhut Falls

Area

Nearest City: Hoodsport
Best Season: Spring
How Far: 1.5 Miles
Elevation Gain: 300ft

Murhut Falls is gorgeous, falling 130 feet in a two-tier falls. If one is daring, the falls can be climbed down to and played upon. This dog-friendly, kid-friendly, family-friendly trail is just a few miles long, and takes you into the Olympic Penin- sula wilderness with little effort. This can be hiked year round, as it is roaring in the Spring, cooling in the winter, gorgeous in the fall and occasionally frozen in the winter months.

The trail to Murhut Falls is not flat, but it is fairly easy. You climb up at the begin- ning at a somewhat steep angle; but once you do this, you level off then drop back down to the falls. At a mile long, this trail is great for all ages, and dogs are welcome. (There are no restrooms however, so plan ahead!)

Directions

On 101 along the Hood Canal, turn west at milepost 310 onto Duckabush Road. Drive 6.3 miles. You will pass the Collins Creek Campground and go over the Duckabush River Bridge. Bear right at the road junction, signed Murhut Falls Trail. The 1.3 miles remaining on gravel road takes you to the trailhead.

In the summer months, this is a great place to climb around, explore and have a picnic. In the winter, ice is everywhere, and the scramble off the trail, which leads to good photo areas, is slippery, dangerous and difficult for beginners to climb. If you want to explore the main falls, climb over the log at the end of the trail and carefully work your way around. Logs and rocks can be used as bridges. For a safer exploration of the lower stream, watch for a slightly steep animal trail a few hundred feet from the falls. This is a remote area perfect for wading, napping and having lunch, close to one of the more gorgeous water- falls on the Olympic Peninsula.

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