North Fork Quinault River - Halfway House Trail

Norwood, Washington

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Hike along a wild river sporting big bends and wide gravel bars that’ll have you thinking you’re in Alaska. Massive Sitka spruce, gargantuan western hemlocks, and corridors of mossy maples and speckled alders grace the way. Retrace part of the Press Expedition’s 1889–90 route across the Olympics, and visit the former site of a lodge that provided warmth and hospitality to trekkers during the 1920s and ’30s. Along the North Fork Quinault River, you can embrace the pure wildness and raw beauty of the Olympic rain forest. The North Fork Quinault’s first 2.6 miles were converted long ago, making for an easy and enjoyable hike to a wide riverbank camping and picnicking spot known as Wolf Bar. Much of the way is right along the roaring river. And as in the past, the river continues to jump its bank, forcing reroutes and new tread to be built.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Hike along a wild river sporting big bends and wide gravel bars that’ll have you thinking you’re in Alaska. Massive Sitka spruce, gargantuan western hemlocks, and corridors of mossy maples and speckled alders grace the way. Retrace part of the Press Expedition’s 1889–90 route across the Olympics, and visit the former site of a lodge that provided warmth and hospitality to trekkers during the 1920s and ’30s. Along the North Fork Quinault River, you can embrace the pure wildness and raw beauty of the Olympic rain forest.

The North Fork Quinault’s first 2.6 miles were converted long ago, making for an easy and enjoyable hike to a wide riverbank camping and picnicking spot known as Wolf Bar. Much of the way is right along the roaring river. And as in the past, the river continues to jump its bank, forcing reroutes and new tread to be built.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Norwood
Distance: 10.2
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 540 feet
Top Elevation: 900 feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails Mt Christie No. 166, Custom Correct Quinault-Colonel Bob
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork Quinault River - Halfway House Trail

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