Graves Creek Trail is a 17.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Forks, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from May until October.
From Forks, drive south on U.S. 101 to South Shore Road. Turn left and drive 18.5 miles to Graves Creek Ranger Station and the trailhead.
Beautiful hike through Quinault Rain Forest. It is the path less taken from the Enchanted Valley trail. Most of the hike is considered "Back Country". It was only us out there with the bears and elk. We didn't see any bears, but saw lot's of tracks and droppings on the trail. The first time we hiked this trail around June we were not prepared for the 5 feet of snow still on the upper portions of the trail. We camped on the packed snow along one of the creeks you have to forge across to get to Lake Sundown, which was our planned destination. The following year we went in August and made it successfully to Lake Sundown and beyond. Again, we did not see a single person on the trail. It was a beautiful hike and not too difficult. The cool dip in the lake at the end was pretty nice too.