Northwest of Quinalt, the Queets River Trail is a 16.2 mile one-way hiking trek through hypertrophic firs, spruces and hemlocks and crosses several rivers and streams.
To reach the western trailhead, follow US101 to milepost 144. Turn onto a narrow gravel road (Queets River Road) for 12 miles to the trailhead parking.
The trail ends in the east at the Pelton Creek Shelter.
Note: Road is washed out just prior to the Matheny Creek Bridge (6 miles prior to trailhead). A washout just past Bob Creek makes travel difficult. The trail is difficult to follow through a couple of meadow areas past Bob Creek. Paradise Creek must be crossed on a log jam. The trail is almost non-existent before and after Paradise Creek. Trail now ends 1/2 mile before Pelton Creek due to a washout.
Overall, Queets River Trail is the 24th most popular hiking trail of all 56 hikes in Washington.