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Sometimes you just want a nice walk in the trees but with some destination in mind. This trail will take you to a summit named on most National Park maps but will limit you to just a few peek-a-boo views. Sourdough is part of a long ridge that holds the southern boarder of Lake Crescent inside Olympic National Park. In summer, a the trail nearly goes to the summit. In winter, it can make for a nice safe snowshoeing trip.
Head west from Port Angeles on US 101 to Lake Crescent. Follow the lake around all its curves until the trailhead just off the road, a mile past the Storm King Ranger Station.
Distance: 5.5 miles
Summit Elevation: 4,600 feet
Elevation Gain: 4,000 feet
Access: Paved Roads
This route follows the Aurora Creek Trail to the Aurora Ridge Trail. Hike up the Aurora Creek Trail for 3.4 miles in old-growth to the ridge, a gain of 3220 feet. Once on the ridge it is a bit under 2 miles West to Sourdough Mountain. The summit area is fairly flat, find views around the summit area trees.
Looking west from the summit area
Snow on the trail on the ridge traverse
Rime ice on the trees
Looking over to Aurora Peak I think