This is an awesome trail that is lightly traveled; however, just recently the road to the trailhead has been closed due to the entire hillside giving away, so at this point you cannot even drive to within 5 miles of the trailhead. The Forks newspaper reports that a fix to the road is months away, so check before heading there. The road in question is called Undi Road.
I only did the loop to the edge of the park boundary, but absolutely worth it. There's no real signage driving there but just stay straight on Undi Rd and don't turn off. It'll end at the trailhead. Far less activity on this trail than the Hoh river trail, but all the same qualities. I did the upper portion first and walked along the river on the way back. Along the way I was fortunate enough to watch a herd of 30+ elk cross the river. The contrast in vegetation between the rain forest and the river is amazing. I think round trip I was at 5 miles and there wasn't much of an incline anywhere along the trail. I recommend this loop to anyone wanting to see the rain forest without running into a bunch of tourists.
VERRY nice, only went from trail head (btw trail head is at end of the dirt road keep going until you see it don't stop like my GPS wanted me to) so I only went as far as the river on the trail because it was late in the day. Awesome is all I can say. I'm the only one around today, & I got my shoes off soaking my feet in the river on this nice warm day.
Jot done hiking this trail. My sons and I hiked as part of a trip that took us to Deer Lake via the Little Divide and we then went over the High Divide to get on to the Hoh River trail. The trail itself was in fairly good shape until after the Hyak campsite. From here on there were a lot of trees down across the trail which slowed us way down on our way to Deer Lake.
The biggest trouble spot was at the creek crossing by the Twenty-one mile campsite. There are several trees down in the creek making no easy way to get across. We choose to climb down to the creek bed and pass packs across to one another and then climb up the other side. This part of the trail really needs some help though and I am not sure if the trail crew that was at Fifteen mile camp will make it all the way up. However, after another mile or so we were out of the fallen trees and on our way up to the Little Divide.
Overall though this was a great part of our hike and I think that it is some absolutely gorgeous country for anyone who wants to do this hike.
Only went 6 miles on this trail, but it is another gem of the Washington Trails Association. Ran into a mama bear and her cub; but she simply scooted junior off and gave us a "whoof" to let us know she was there. This is a beautiful trail, but bring the bug repellant as much of the lower trail winds through marshy areas away from the river and the mosquitos are thick in those areas as there was hardly a breathe of wind in the flats. Once we got close to the river, however, the breeze coming from the west was a welcome coolant and deterrant to the bugs.
The Bogachiel River Trail was the start of my 22 day hike across the Olympics. I exited on the Upper Big Quilcene Trail. This is a very easy and beautiful trail and am surprised how few people hike this trail. The trail from Fifteen Mile to 21 Mile is quite muddy and in very poor condition. It is definitely on my hike again list.