Hiking The Queets River Trail

The 24th most popular hiking trail in Washington.

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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. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Queets River Trail including Hoh River Trail, South Coast Trail, North Wilderness Beach, North Fork Skokomish Trail, South Fork Hoh Trail and Elwha TrailEast Fork Quinault River Trail (Enchanted Valley).

Queets River Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  ONP (360) 452-0330 or (503) 873-8681; WA Tourism (800) 544-1800; Olympic Mountaineers (360) 452-0240.

Recommended Book:  "Backpacking Washington" from Craig Romano

Recommended Map:  "Olympic National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Luxury Loding:  Lake Quinault Lodge (360) 288-2900

Breakfast Restaurant:  Lake Quinault Lodge (360) 288-2900

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/olym/

GPS:  47.6241, -124.0157

Date Published:  1/4/2016

Date Updated:  8/7/2016

ID:  12641

Queets River Trail Hiking Map


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