Bogachiel River

Forks, Washington 98331

Bogachiel River

Bogachiel River Professional Review and Guide

"The Bogachiel River snakes through Washington’s forgotten rain forest. No main roads run along this major Olympic river, nor do any penetrate its wild valley—all the better to experience the tranquility of towering spruces and firs. Hike all day along the wild waterway for several miles, or wander on a wonderful short interpretive loop.

Except for the river’s soothing churn and sweet serenades from resident wrens, the primeval forest is quiet. Lichens drape overhead. Fern boughs burst open from the forest floor. Dew-dripping moss clings to everything.

Dogs prohibited at park boundary."

Bogachiel River Reviews

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7/4/2015
This trail is a hidden gem. It has received some bad press due to rain, but let me tell you, this hike is simply a beautiful way to spend a day, or an entire weekend. The trail is maintained in topnotch condition, and there are so many places to sit by the river, or camp. This has become one of my favorite places for a day hike! I keep returning for the views of old growth, huge ferns, mossy trees, and the gorgeous river. Stress just falls off me on this beautiful, easy hike. Enjoy!
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3/11/2002
I guided a group along this scenic but soggy trail for six days in march 2002, I would have to say this was one of the coldest and wettest trips I have ever worked, It rained every day and with that rain the trails became more like small creeks. The trail had numerous washed out sections and lots of fallen trees. I'm also disapointed to tell you the fishing was mediocre at best. I would recomend this trail only during the rare west end droughts which might happen for a weekend in august. HA!
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Trail Information

Forks
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
12 miles
Distance
550 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails Spruce Mountain No. 132, Custom Correct Bogachiel Valley
Local Maps

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