On U.S. Route 101 between Forks and Port Angeles, Washington, turn left from eastbound/right from westbound between Mileposts 211 and 212 where signage indicates West Snider Road and Olympic National Forest Snider Work Center
Proceed 1.00 mile/1.60 km to the parking area and trailhead at the end of the road
The road to the lookout, variously indicated on maps as Forest Road 3040, Forest Road 3041, and East Twin River Road, is on the left behind the Snider Work Center approximately 0.50 miles/0.80 km down West Snider Road. Be sure to consult maps to ascertain the correct route.
Discover Pass or equivalent for state recreation sites (if parking at the trailhead) ⋅⋅⋅ or ⋅⋅⋅ Northwest Forest Pass or equivalent for U.S. Forest Service sites (if driving to the lookout)
“Kloshe Nanitch” means “to stand guard” or “to keep a good look out” in the Chinook jargon, a pidgin amalgamation of French, English, and Pacific Northwest First Nations languages that was prevalent in the 19th and 20th centuries among local European and indigenous peoples (and not to be confused with the now extinct language of Oregon’s Chinook people). In keeping with its name, the trail’s destination is the remnant of a fire lookout perched atop Snider Ridge with impressive views of the Sol Duc River Valley below and the Olympic Mountains beyond. The trail climbs at first moderately and then steeply through airy coniferous forest delicately laced with vine maple, only breaking into open air in its final approach to the lookout. Spring and summer wildflowers dot the shady woodland, becoming much more prolific in the sunny summit clearings. From Kloshe Nanitch, a short loop trail leads to the ridge’s North Point, with similar views, as well as the junction with the Snider Ridge Trail to Mount Muller, some 3.00 miles/4.80 km distant. Although it never quite loses the distant bustle of trucks trundling down nearby Highway 101, the little-used trail does offer a bit of solitude. Upon reaching the lookout, one may be surprised to learn that it can also be reached by a rough Forest Service road.
Significant confusion exists as to whether a pass is required at the trailhead and, if so, which pass. Most resources state that a Northwest Forest Pass is required; however, a sign posted near the trailhead parking area states that a Discover Pass is required. Information provided by the U.S. Forest Service at the first of the “Additional Trail Info” links above states that, although the trail itself and the lookout are maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, the trailhead parking area is maintained by the Washington Department of Natural Resources and that therefore, a U.S. Forest Service pass is required to park at the lookout, but not at the trailhead. To be safe, hikers parking at the trailhead should display a state-required Discover Pass.