North Fork of the Quinault

Queets, Washington

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This is a 16.4-mile (one way) backpack from the North Fork Ranger Station to Low Divide. This major valley-bottom route follows the North Fork of the Quinault to the Low Divide, where it meets the Elwha River Trail and a spur path to the alpine country around Martins Lakes. From the North Fork Ranger Station, the trail follows an old roadbed through a rainforest of great diversity. On drier sites enormous Sitka spruce and red cedar soar skyward. The flats of the floodplain are dominated by groves of slender red alders and pure stands of gnarled bigleaf maples draped with streamers of moss. The path runs level here, twice crossing a dry flood channel about 1.2 miles below Wolf Bar Camp. This camp is perched among tall alders and bushy clumps of sword fern beside the river.
Hiking Olympic National Park

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Hiking Olympic National Park

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This is a 16.4-mile (one way) backpack from the North Fork Ranger Station to Low Divide. This major valley-bottom route follows the North Fork of the Quinault to the Low Divide, where it meets the Elwha River Trail and a spur path to the alpine country around Martins Lakes.

From the North Fork Ranger Station, the trail follows an old roadbed through a rainforest of great diversity. On drier sites enormous Sitka spruce and red cedar soar skyward. The flats of the floodplain are dominated by groves of slender red alders and pure stands of gnarled bigleaf maples draped with streamers of moss. The path runs level here, twice crossing a dry flood channel about 1.2 miles below Wolf Bar Camp. This camp is perched among tall alders and bushy clumps of sword fern beside the river.

© 2015 Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Queets
Distance: 32.8
Elevation Gain: 3,776 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park; permit required for backcountry camping
Local Maps: USGS Mount Christie; Custom Correct Quinault-Colonel Bob
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork of the Quinault

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