I had read about this trail in Backpacker Magazine as being one of the best in the Olympic National Park, and it did not disappoint.
I hiked this solo in 2 days with one overnight at the Mosquito Creek Camp.
I shuttled my car around to Oil City using a service that charged $50.00
I am a very experienced hiker, and while I mostly have hiked in the mountains, I loved the contrast of forest trail vs, beach hiking that this trail offered.
It was quite challenging but very manageable for the most part. Yes, the ladders are steep, trails were slippery and muddy despite the dry weather. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIKING POLES! They made all the difference. If you haven't hiked with poles, now is the time to start.
The only problematic section was on the north side of Scott's bluff. The ladder there was missing and just a rope in its place. I hit the tide right, and was able to skirt around the bluff over very slippery rocks. (Stay on the barnacle covered rocks if able)
Crossing streams at Falls Creek (stepping stones) and Goodman Creek (2 feet wade) were straight forward. Crossing Mosquito creek there was a log jam that made it easy. It also would be easily passable at low-medium tide.
Campsite at Mosquito Creek was beautiful. Located 100 feet above the ocean with marvelous views to the west for sunsets. Water was immediately accessible.
From the campsite south, the trail got significantly more technical with larger sections of muddy bogs, lots of up and down, and a final three rope/ladder descent to the beach. From there an easy stroll to Oil City crossing one more boulder field (with plenty of good footing) before returning to car.
Eagles, Osprey, Heron, Deer, Racoons all seen. Food in bear proof containers required.