This is a great trail to take on alone. Lots to see, lots to hike on. Great starter hike. On a side note... There is an active bee hive on the main trail. Use the Cat Creek loop trail to avoid it. There is only one fork in the trail and you will take a right to head back to the main trail missing the hive. However if you don't care about them the entire area around the hive has pink tape around it as a warning.
This is one that is great for trail running too. I ran most of the way back other than the steep hills lol great thing is it's not an incredibly busy trail either
Adam G. on Gray Wolf Trail
Did an 2 night stay next to the river. Somewhat surprised to see it listed as hard, because from what I remember there was only one spot where the dirt was a bit loose and we had to mind our footing, but for the most part it was a relatively easy trek. The river was big and beautiful, and made for a great camp site.
The first three miles of this trail are fairly straight, paralleling the river below. While there are no great views you still can have a very pleasant, comfortable run enjoying the sound of the river and siting small critters and snails along the wide path. At mile marker three there were two, single track trails that looked more to my trail running liking, but I was out of time.
Me and the wife did the lower trail on 4/7/15. the trail has a lot of ups and downs. there were a few scetchy areas near the end with fallen logs and narrow walking paths on ridges but all negotiable with a little determination. lots of wonderful spots to camp. everything was beautiful and we could only imagine how much more beautiful it would be if everything was in bloom. All in all well worth the hike and we can't wait to go back. Hopefully with some more time to camp and hang.
We just moved to western Washington and this is our first hike. We were there with 3 adults and 2 dogs. It's a lovely walk. We made it to just beyond Bark Shanty before we turned back. While there were 6 cars at the trailhead when we arrived, we only encountered a couple hiking on the way out and one on the way back. I assume the rest were camping or hiking further than we did.
We plan to keep at this trail as we build up our endurance so we can see the rest of the trail.
The only thing that wasn't perfect about our hike was encountering an off leash dog. Even if your dog is friendly, you cannot assume that someone else's dog is and most dogs on leash view an off leash dog rushing at them as a threat to themselves and their person. Please keep your dog on a leash as required.
I added a photo with the grid coordinates for the trailhead and attempted to update the SP on this trail's page. An earlier poster is right; the directions through AllTrails is inaccurate. If you have a gps or a cellphone app like MotionX that can use Lat/Lon, my photo should direct you right to the trailhead.
I went with my four legged hiking partner at the start of March. There was still snow on the ground and flurries in the air. I liked that; he didn't.
This is a great trail for photographers. Multiple waterfalls abound; bring your tripod for some long exposures and make sure to take your shots down a full step.
I got a late start and made it as far as Bear Shanty Shelter (5.8 m, roundtrip); but appreciated the hard work of the WTA in the new bridges. On my way back, fog rolled in off the Hood Canal, and it was really stunningly beautiful, in a "Sleepy Hollow" sort of way.
In terms of crowds, I saw three other groups, two with dogs. While one group didn't have their dog, a teacup poodle, on the leash, it was a well behaved gentleman, so it gets a pass. This is a good trail for dogs. There's a lot of interesting nooks and crannies for them. Mine found a bear track, probably his first, and bristled and was beside himself. All in all a good day. Thanks, National Forest Service.
Just spent the night at camp Jolley. Note: If you plan on camp Jolley...keep your eyes peeled for it! At the spot from the trail you can see it, there's a decline of loose sand, and I was too busy watching my footing and hiked right by it...ended up doing an extra mile and a half before I got to ANOTHER trailhead, and had to go back the mile and a half to find it! Bark shanty camp is a better campsite, though.