Humptulips River West Fork

Hoquiam, Washington 98550

Humptulips River West Fork

Humptulips River: West Fork Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A rain-forest river rising along the southern boundary of Olympic National Park, the Humptulips River is charming for its name as well as its lush vegetation and pristine character—even in an area where the forests have been butchered for decades.

This short segment of the West Fork flows past steep bluffs of conglomerate and sandstone, alternating between pools and shallows with occasional modest drops. There are logjams and sweepers, sometimes a tree across the river, but such obstacles can be portaged. There is disagreement over the meaning of Humptulips—either “cold area” or “tough to pole.”"

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1 to 2 hours
Class II
Best: Year-round, but best at high water, November to May
Olympic National Forest; Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website for Wildlife Areas and Access Points; Washington Department of Natural Resources, Forks Office
Local Contacts
USGS Quinault Lake
Local Maps