North Fork of the Quinault

Queets, Washington 98331

North Fork of the Quinault

North Fork of the Quinault Professional Review and Guide

"This is a 16.4-mile (one way) backpack from the North Fork Ranger Station to Low Divide. This major valley-bottom route follows the North Fork of the Quinault to the Low Divide, where it meets the Elwha River Trail and a spur path to the alpine country around Martins Lakes.

From the North Fork Ranger Station, the trail follows an old roadbed through a rainforest of great diversity. On drier sites enormous Sitka spruce and red cedar soar skyward. The flats of the floodplain are dominated by groves of slender red alders and pure stands of gnarled bigleaf maples draped with streamers of moss. The path runs level here, twice crossing a dry flood channel about 1.2 miles below Wolf Bar Camp. This camp is perched among tall alders and bushy clumps of sword fern beside the river."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,776 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Olympic National Park; permit required for backcountry camping
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Christie; Custom Correct Quinault-Colonel Bob
Local Maps

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Jul 2018