Click on photo to see full view. It was an awesome trail. When it is covered, your directions are simple, but not reassuring. Bugs were tolerable. If you have the energy, consider following the trail up 1,100ft/330m to Gladys Divide for exquisite views. The Mountaineers hike yesterday to Gladys Divide was cancelled due to only one participant. https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/gladys-divide-primitive Poles were helpful! At the end of your trip, consider a short extension by taking the suspension bridge to the Rapids Loop Trail and enjoying the thunderous Staircase Rapids. The first seven miles of the trail follows the Flapjack Lakes Trail, wandering past Donahue Creek Falls and next to the gorgeous twin lakes of Flapjack lakes. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. This is a primitive trail that heads east from FlapJack Lakes. … GLADYS DIVIDE TRAIL DIRECTIONS TO : STAIRCASE TRAILHEAD - MILEPOST 331 NEAREST CAMPGROUND: Staircase RANGER STATION : Ranger station, pay phone, toilets, permit registration, water Stock Facilities: Overnight holding facility. Flapjack Lake. The Skokomish River trail gives access to Gladys Divide, located above Flapjack Lakes; from Gladys Divide, a traverse in very interesting alpine country can be made to Lake of the Angels and then to First Divide, ten returning via the Skokomish River trail. VERY COOL in the late afternoon light. 100 Hikes in the South Cascades and Olympics, Custom Correct Mount Skokomish-Lake Cushman, Buy the Green Trails Mt Steel No. Campsite Locations: Flapjack lakes Toilet Facilities: There are vault toilets at Flapjack Lakes. We hiked up to Gladys Divide and then on to Mount Gladys. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 While long and difficult, the experiences one has while hiking to Gladys Divide give a better insight into just what the human body is capable of accomplishing.Starting along the Skokomish River and ending near the start of the Hamma Hamma River, this trail gives you forests, waterfalls, lakes, valleys, snowcapped, rugged mountains and panoramic views that will make you drool.Except for late summer and autumn, Gladys Divide is rarely hiked, making this trail one of the best hikes in the Staircase Region of Olympic National Park. It is a hard hike but it is totally worth it. Olympus. Nancy Lloyd September 08, 2019. I highly recommend if you're going up to the lakes to incorporate the divide into your plans, the meadows and views of the Sawtooth range are beautiful. Cruiser with a wonderful panoramic view of Hamma Hamma valley. At Flapjack Lakes, camping and fresh water are available. Our three day backpacking trip to Flapjack Lakes in the Olympic National Forest. Here is a photo taken from the shore of the lower of the two Flapjack Lakes. Typically not done in a single day, Gladys Divide is a few miles up from Flapjack Lakes above the North Fork Skokomish River Trail. We enjoyed lunch at the lake and then continued on the trail for another 1.5 miles and thousand feet or so to Gladys Divide where we took a few pictures and turned around and headed back. Flapjack Lakes to Gladys Divide: 1.4 miles. Flies at the lake are a small annoyance, but the mosquitos aren't bad at all. The hikers' subreddit. Flapjack Lakes - 14.9 Miles Round-Trip The Flapjack Lakes are located 7.45 miles from the Staircase - North Fork Skokomish River Trailhead in Olympic National Park. Closed to stock. Flapjack Lakes are an ideal launchpad for day-tripping up to Gladys Divide or over to Black and White Lakes, but the trail to the latter is often riddled with fallen trees. In the quiet southeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula, there is a hike leading from the only ranger station along Hood Canal and rising above the powerful and beautiful North Fork of the Skokomish River.At 20 miles round trip, with over 4,000 feet of elevation gain, the path leading to Gladys Divide counterintuitively gets less tiring with every additional mile as the terrain opens up, exposing fantastic views of the entire Olympic interior, making you forget about your pumping heart and heaving lungs. Overview. Left the Staircase trailhead at 9:30 am. Newer Post Older Post Home. 3900' to 5050' No recent report, expect winter conditions. So much fun! Flapjack to Gladys Divide: 2 Miles The trail to Gladys Divide from Flapjack Lakes is considered primitive, which is somewhat true. Here is a picture from the Gladys Divide up above Flapjack lakes. North Fork Skokomish River Trail at Big Log to Black & White Lakes, Smith Lake junction . The Sawtooth Ridge looms over Flapjack Lakes and the climb to Gladys Divide. While most take on this strenuous route in two or three leisurely days, experienced and visitors can handle the elevation gain and mileage as a long day trip. Gladys Divide is roughly a 20-mile round trip journey for those starting from the Staircase parking lot in Olympic National Park. Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 7:00 AM: Let’s head up to Gladys Divide this Thursday during what looks like it may be a clear or at least non-rainy day. Olympic National Park charges a fee to enter. Make sure to reserve camping in advance at Flapjack lakes or Donahue creek. Email This BlogThis! When camping above Flapjack Lakes and in the Black & White Lakes area, bear canisters are strongly recommended due to lack of good trees for hanging food. Gladys Divide. Really bad mosquitos all around the lakes. There are several snowfields to cross after Gladys divide, but doable without spikes. Continue towards Gladys Divide which is 2 miles beyond Flapjack Lakes. The primitive trail to Big Log is as steep and overgrown as advertised, but doable for prepared hikers. The view of the Hamma Hamma valley is amazing. Trail Map | Photo Gallery Flapjack Lakes 3,900 ft. To Gladys Divide To Staircase Ranger Station Stream No Camping No Camping Stream Ranger Station (summer only) Bear wire Bear wire Bear wire †Camp only in designated sites. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. The trail starts from the Staircase Ranger Station and follows the North Fork Skokomish river trail for 3.7 miles to the junction with the Flapjack Lakes Trail. Day Hike - Gladys Divide. When it is covered, your directions are simple, but not reassuring. Water and privies available.Note: Gladys Divide Primitive Trail begins at Flapjack Lakes, a 7.5 mile hike from the N. Fork Skokomish trailhead at Staircase, You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association Passing near the Olympic’s Sawtooth Mountains, the trail gains elevation, skirting a ridge, eventually capping off at the divide, overlooking the start of the Hamma Hamma River.Take in this view before exploring a small path to your left, which gets you to the top of Mount Gladys and world class views of the entire Olympic Peninsula. This old rusty shovel and a rusting can give evidence of a different kind of activity in the area. When I arrived at Flapjack Lakes I discovered the brown Whole Foods bag of snacks I packed for the hike was gone. GLADYS DIVIDE TRAIL DIRECTIONS TO : STAIRCASE TRAILHEAD - MILEPOST 331 NEAREST CAMPGROUND: Staircase RANGER STATION : Ranger station, pay phone, toilets, permit registration, water Stock Facilities: Overnight holding facility. 167 map, From Shelton travel north on US 101 for 15 miles to Hoodsport. Views opened up into the upper Hamma Hamma River valley as I crested the gap between the dark spires of Sawtooth Ridge and the gentle hump called Mount Gladys. Lovely hike with a variety of views. Jct. The leader and I decided to do it as a private trip, and it was fabulous! The current forecast calls for rain the night before and th While awesome, press on past the lakes and keep heading up toward Gladys Divide.The trail to Gladys Divide is one and a half miles long. If you plan on camping, scrub some weight! Come prepared for an early start and a very strenuous workout in variable weather conditions. FLAPJACK LAKES AND GLADYS DIVIDE INFORMATION AREA TRAILS MOUNT GLADYS PHOTOS Lower Murdock Lake from the slopes of Mt. From the Staircase trailhead, Mt. Better water can be found in a creek further up on the trail. ” Hike until to reach a creek, then follow it up. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Poles and microspikes were helpful but not required. Hike the trail further past Flapjack Lakes another 1.5 miles to Gladys Divide at 5000 feet. Large Parking Lot at Flapjack Lakes Trailhead. The two lakes lay side by side in a heavily wooded basin below Mount Gladys (5,589'), Mount Cruiser (6,104'), and Mount Lincoln (5,868). Turn left (northwest) at the pass and hike easy climber trails to the summit of Mount Gladys, marveling at the precipitous spires of the Sawtooth Range, including the two main summits of Mount Lincoln to the South and Mount Cruiser to the Southwest. Flapjack Lakes - 14.9 Miles Round-Trip The Flapjack Lakes are located 7.45 miles from the Staircase - North Fork Skokomish River Trailhead in Olympic National Park. Typically not done in a single day, Gladys Divide is a few miles up from Flapjack Lakes above the North Fork Skokomish River Trail. The vistas were beautiful, and the wildflowers were stunning. Alerta vigente a partir del 26/8/20: Cierre del área de la escalera y del campamento Debido al cierre de Forest Road 24 fuera del límite del parque a vehículos y peatones, el área de la escalera, el campamento y los senderos están cerrados hasta nuevo aviso. Access Gladys Divide by way of Flapjack Lakes. based on 23 tracks & routes | | EASY #17 hike out of 18 in Mount Skokomish Wilderness | EASY . The trail from Flapjack Lake Trail to the Gladys Divide is only a few miles long, but in that few miles, visitors get a chance to see one of the more stunning and secluded regions of the Olympic Mountains. My friend Cheryl from the Kitsap Climbers Group joined me on this hike to Flapjack Lakes and Gladys Divide. Douglas Scott. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. Enjoy views of the Olympic's Sawtooth Mountains and the Hamma Hamma River valley. United States › Washington › Mount Skokomish Wilderness › Flapjack Lakes via Gladys Divide Primitive Trail. Big Log Camp. I would list this leg of the hike at moderate. I am guessing that there was some form of mining at some point near the lake below Gladys Divide. Get outside with us! Continue on a good gravel road (FR 24) and in 3.7 miles come to a junction. There were no other cars at the trailhead. † No campfires! From the the divide, summiting Mount Gladys is relatively easy, perhaps the easiest summit in the area. The trail to Gladys Divide is mostly snow free through the trees but ~80% snow covered beyond that to the Divide. Enjoy views of the Olympic's Sawtooth Mountains and the Hamma Hamma River valley. The views, during the right lighting and seasons can be breathtaking. Very beautiful. But it was so beautiful. Snow on the trail prevented us from hiking up to Gladys Divide, but there was much to see around the lakes. And a lot of nice scenery. If you choose not to go to Flapjack Lakes (taking the left fork), the trail proceeds 1.9 miles to Big Log Camp. Views opened up into the upper Hamma Hamma River valley as I crested the gap between the dark spires of Sawtooth Ridge and the gentle hump called Mount Gladys. Gladys Divide Primitive Trail is a 26.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lilliwaup, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. † Help protect fragile vegetation Avoid revegetation areas. In the morning we did the hike up to Gladys Divide. Flapjack Lakes and Mount Lincoln. The trail to Gladys Divide from Flapjack Lakes is considered primitive, which is somewhat true. A land bridge divides the two lakes with trails giving you ample access to either of the gorgeous lakes. From July 20-25, 2020, we returned to the Olympic National Park's North Fork Skokomish River Trail, starting at the Staircase Ranger Station area. From the summit, I glissaded down the opposite ridge to Black and White Lakes. I am guessing that there was some form of mining at some point near the lake below Gladys Divide. The Sawtooth Ridge looms over Flapjack Lakes and the climb to Gladys Divide. I was also considering the Gladys Divide to Lake of the Angels traverse. † Always use bear wires. Had a blast. Thanks* Trail is in great shape to the lakes with no snow and only a handful of blowdowns that are easy to circumvent. Hiked into Flapjack Lakes for 2 nights, camped and hiked up to Gladys Divide in the evening for a nice day trip. We hit snow about 1/4 mile past the lakes, and route finding was required to get to the top of the divide. From Staircase Ranger Station hike 5.6 miles to Flapjack Lakes. The entire trip was a bit of a zig zaggy, circuitous path, but it made sense to us. Really stunning trail. Just before the pass, turn right and cross a small talus basin choked with giant boulders and broken rock. “Looking at Upper Flapjack Lakes and the Gladys Divide from the Gladys Divide Trail. From the Divide to the summit of Mount Gladys it's ~99% snow, with good route finding skills, poles and microspikes required. But awesome! Flapjack to Gladys Divide: 2 Miles. We hiked up in the morning, made a base camp at Donahue creek, and hiked up to the divide in the evening followed by a morning hike up to black and white lakes the next morning. We did a one-night backpack to Flapjack Lakes, Gladys Divide, and Mt. Trailhead parking is on your right, across from the campground. From Black and White Lakes, you can follow the trail further up, eventually reaching Smith Lake, you can return the way you came and maybe see Flapjack Lakes and Gladys Divide, or you can assault your knees and legs and complete the Black and White Lakes Loop by heading to Big Log. "A 700-foot climb through all-but-impenetrable brush got us to the lake below Gladys Divide, but polite words do not describe the harrowing ascent, the brush, the loose, slippery rocks and the trees … Hike by WTA Correspondents: The Flapjack Lakes are located 7.45 miles from the Staircase - North Fork Kokomish River Trailhead in Olympic National Park. Turn right and drive 1.2 miles to the Staircase Ranger Station. The last four miles from the Black and White Lakes/Flapjack Lakes Junction were pretty brutal with an overweight pack (50 pounds). Mount Gladys, above Glady’s Divide past Flapjack Lakes out of Staircase in the Olympic National Park, is no unknown territory for me, but I’ve never been out in the wilderness solo. Again, in the summer, it is a great hike with one hill and I highly recommend it. Flapjack Lakes via Gladys Divide Primitive Trail . An unforgettable experience. Learn More It's relatively easy going and always preferable to do a loop but be prepared for some bushwhacking and ready to use good navigation skills. From Black and White Lakes, you can follow the trail further up, eventually reaching Smith Lake, you can return the way you came and maybe see Flapjack Lakes and Gladys Divide, or you can assault your knees and legs and complete the Black and White Lakes Loop by heading to Big Log. It's 18 miles and 4,000 feet of elevation gain round trip. The trail continues on to Gladys Divide. Hike the Flapjack Lakes Trail through deep forest, reaching Flapjack Lakes in 8 miles (Elevation 4000 feet). Post by HikerIan » June 25th, 2014, 7:43 pm With a couple dry days in the forecast I drove 180 miles up to Lake Cushman and the Staircase Ranger Station to get permits to backpack in the Olympic National Park. The sovereignty of God, at least how it relates to human free will, is a challenging topic with a variety of ways that people understand it. 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