Queets River Trail

Smith Place, Washington

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Big trees, a wilderness valley flourishing with wildlife, and no crowds. The peninsula’s wildest rainforest valleys are up the Queets River, and many a hiker has never ventured into this enchanting corner of Olympic National Park. The main deterrent is accessibility, both to and on the trail. The gravel 14mile Queets River Road can often be agonizing to drive. And once you reach the trailhead, you’ll find there’s no bridge over the river! This keeps more than a handful of adventurers from ambling up the trail. But if you persist you’re guaranteed a lonesome journey.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Big trees, a wilderness valley flourishing with wildlife, and no crowds. The peninsula’s wildest rainforest valleys are up the Queets River, and many a hiker has never ventured into this enchanting corner of Olympic National Park. The main deterrent is accessibility, both to and on the trail.

The gravel 14mile Queets River Road can often be agonizing to drive. And once you reach the trailhead, you’ll find there’s no bridge over the river! This keeps more than a handful of adventurers from ambling up the trail. But if you persist you’re guaranteed a lonesome journey.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Smith Place
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Late July to September
Trailhead Elevation: 295 feet
Top Elevation: 425 feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails Kloochman Rock No. 165, Custom Correct Queets Valley
Driving Directions: Directions to Queets River Trail

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