North Fork Quinault Trail is a 30.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Forks, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
From Forks, travel south on U.S. 101 to North Shore Road at Lake Quinault. Turn left (east) and drive 17 miles to North Fork Ranger Station at the end of the road
Great family hike. We backpacked in and planned on staying one night at Trapper before moving on to the Low Divide. Once we got to Trapper it was clear this place was inhabitable. There was an open sided shelter, though after we stopped for 5 seconds the mosquitos attacked by the thousands! We nearly ran out of there. Do not plan on stopping at Trapper for any length of time! So we boogied to Sixteen mile camp and was pleasantly surprised at the huge opening on the river with numerous camp sites. You must take off your boots to cross this river to continue on the trail.The trail gets steeper heading up from there, the meadow just before and lakes just after the low divide were more scenic then the divide it's self. We hiked around the lake to the rockface where we enjoyed a dip in the beautiful water on the hot August day.The trail was easy to moderate crossing many different terrains. The huckleberries are to die for. Make sure you take a few days to enjoy all this trail has to offer and don't forget to watch the stars at night.
Only went six miles upriver to Elip Creek. The trail to there was in excellent shape. Easy to follow. Some water crossings, but nothing terribly dangerous. Plenty of rocks and roots on the trail so footing was sketchy. Plus it rained the entire time. Relatively flat. Camped at Elip Creek. Next day we decided to go up the Elip Trail instead of continuing on next to the river. It was about six miles from the trailhead to Elip.