Queets River Trail

Olympic National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain1,935ft
Trailhead Elevation429ft
Elevation Min/Max283/882ft
Elevation Start/End429/429ft

Queets River Trail

Queets River Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Jefferson County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 14.9 miles long and begins at 429 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 29.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,935 feet. This trail connects with the following: Sam's River Loop Trail, Upper Crossing Way Trail and Lower Crossing Route.

Queets River Trail Professional Guides

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Hiking Washington (Falcon Guides)
Oliver Lazenby
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"A walk along the jungly rain forest of the Queets River. This hike combines two rare elements: protected lowland wilderness and solitude in a national park. The solitude comes because you have to ford a waist-deep river to get to the trailhead. This hike should only be attempted in late summer, and watch the weather forecast—a rainstorm will almost immediately spike the water level." Read more
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"Though the Queets is the peninsula’s wildest rainforest valley, many a hiker has never ventured into this enchanting corner of Olympic National Park. The main deterrent is the intimidating and often challenging ford of the Queets River at the trailhead. But for those who venture across this wild waterway, a wilderness valley of abandoned homesteads, mossy maple groves, towering evergreens, and prolific elk await. Queets River ford required, only safe during low flows (typically in late summer) and even then often challenging. Dogs are prohibited." Read more
Hiking Olympic National Park (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A 16.1-mile (one way) backpack from the Queets River Road to the Peltion Creek shelter." Read more

Queets River Trail Reviews

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Snow begins at aprox. 3400'. There are at least 50 trees across the trail between the jct. and the last campfire sites. This trail is currently closed to all stock.Map and compass is needed to navigate from the top of the ridge to Hoh lake and an ice ax may be required. Ice ax is necessary for Bogachiel Peak area. Deep snow in the high country.

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Trail Information

Olympic National Park
Nearby City
Olympic National Park
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Boating, Camping
Additional Use
USDA Forest Service, Pacific Ranger District, Quinalt; (360) 288-2525; www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/olympic
Local Contacts
Green Trails Custom Correct Queets Valley; Green Trails no. 165, Kloochman Rock
Local Maps

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Dec 2018