Quartz Creek Trail #5 and #5b is a 23.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gilbert, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Take USFS-23 to USFS-90 to Lewis River hose Campground. Road was paved all the way with a few short gravel sections. Easy to get to and is right across from the Lewis River trailhead.
Did this trail over Labor day weekend and only say ONE other person the whole weekend. Went up to french creek and the trail became overgrown and lost it. Plus I was exhausted so camped there. There's designated camping spots about 2,4,8 miles in that we found. All right along the river.
The trail is very nice, lots of trees, river, etc. But it's a LOT of up and down, NET 2500 elevation gain, but it's a TOUGH 2,500 feet as you're constantly going up and down to the river.
The bridge is washed out and the trail is pretty bad in a few places but nothing a little careful negotiation can't handle.