Irely Lake and Big Creek Trail

Norwood, Washington

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A leisurely, kid-friendly jaunt to a quiet body of water teeming with wildlife, or a more moderate push through ancient forest along a crashing waterway—it’s your choice. The forests of Big Creek, like those throughout the Quinault Valley, are impressive. Over 140 inches of rain fall here each year, saturating the forest floor and supporting massive cedars, lofty firs, hovering hemlocks, and clumps of shoulder-high ferns. Elk are abundant in this verdant valley, while hikers remain scarce.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

A leisurely, kid-friendly jaunt to a quiet body of water teeming with wildlife, or a more moderate push through ancient forest along a crashing waterway—it’s your choice. The forests of Big Creek, like those throughout the Quinault Valley, are impressive.

Over 140 inches of rain fall here each year, saturating the forest floor and supporting massive cedars, lofty firs, hovering hemlocks, and clumps of shoulder-high ferns. Elk are abundant in this verdant valley, while hikers remain scarce.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Norwood
Distance: 10.2
Elevation Gain: 850 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Year-round; March to November
Trailhead Elevation: 600 feet
Top Elevation: 1,350 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails Mt Christie No. 166, Custom Correct Quinault-Colonel Bob
Driving Directions: Directions to Irely Lake and Big Creek Trail

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