Lots of rocks on the trail, but a great hike. River is beautiful, sun shines through the trees on nice days. Lots of green. Second fork you want to go right, we went left about 6 miles and had to turn back to get back on track. Got a good scenic drive in as well. Watch out for the pot holes. Happy hiking!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice out and back trail, as of Jan 20 2017 there is a slide at mile 4.2 that closes the trail. Seriously it is not safe to go past the log in the trail that says "end" on it. you slip you will end up in the river a long way down. If you are planning a through hike use the Slab Creek trail. Otherwise there are a couple of camping spots near the river, water is easy to come by and the trail was in good shape with a little mud and one or two blow-downs (expected in January). Trailhead parking is limited to a half dozen cars.

Nice Fall hike with our 2 dogs. We went to the bark shanty area and back. Never did find a actual shelter though. Trail is well maintained and very easy walking. Views of river after the 2nd mile are nice.

Update to Directions... take the right at the 2nd fork not the first one you see!

Beautiful day for a hike. Be advised that trail ends at 4.2 miles due to landslides. Trail up to that point is very well maintained!

backpacking
8 months ago

I needed a short backpack trip to shake out the cobwebs, so I decided to spend the night on the lower Grey Wolf, one of my favorite day hikes. Glorious weather, and there has been some work on the trail, so the trail is in great shape. I set up camp in the site just north of the overused 2-mile camp that is right on the river. After I set up camp, I discovered that the city folk who do not have a clue about back country etiquette have been using this bucolic campsite as their crapper. OMG! Who takes a dump at the edge of a great campsite, simply because it is a short distance from their campsite? Apparently, several people at least.

If you are reading this, and think it is OK to just crap on the ground, leave your toilet paper on top, and drop a few pieces of tree bark on top of that mess, please go out and get a copy of "How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art" by Kathleen Meyer. Please. Or read about it on the Internet.

That was the only downside to this beautiful little trek. The Giant Trees trail is overgrown but still navigable.

Please note that the Lower Grey Wolf Trail will be closed the weekend of September 30 / October 1 for fish habitat restoration.

this was a nice break from all the uphill hiking there was a nice river and it was a great relaxing hike probably one of my favorites

This was a nice and relaxing trail. I'm curious how the materials for the bridges were brought in, those are not simple Boyscout creations!

hiking
10 months ago

Very nice trail for all skill levels. I took my 11 and 7 year olds up to the Notch Pass Trail junction. They were tired by the end, but loved every minute of it! Lovely scenery and quite a few fellow hikers along the way made for a very nice day hike!

This was an easy hike for any and all skill levels. It was peaceful, scenic, and well enjoyed! A big thank you to other hikers regarding the directions...at the fork go to the right and there will be a sign ahead (within 1 mile from the fork) and you will turn to the left. Drive down the path about 1/2 mile and there is parking and a long drop outhouse.

hiking
11 months ago

A good flat hike that I did with my dad & brother. The directions on alltrails however is wrong. When you see the sign that says "Big Quilcene, 11 miles" take that right & not the left that the gps tells you to. You'll see another sign soon after that tells you to take a left for half a mile to get to the lower big Quilcene trailhead.

camping
Monday, April 17, 2017

It was a fantastic start to our camping season. We got there around 11:00am on Saturday. It's quite the spot to go to with quite a few people/family's arriving for day hikes. It was a VERY MUDDY trail. I'm guessing all year around because of the very frequent little water run offs and streams moving to connect to the river, overlapping the trail itself. We didn't go in as far as we would have liked because of the warning sign of a mudslide about 4.5 miles in, but other hikers we saw venture farther only to return about 15-20 minutes later going back up the way they came in from. Great little pre-camp spots here and their along the river where other campers previously stopped over the years. Road conditions are fine just don't go too fast or you will slide and fall off the side. Unfortunately we did see a man fly down the muddy backroad only to find his truck about 15 feet down off the side of the truck path. Luckily his truck got cradled by some older trees and made it out with no serious injuries. If those trees where not there to catch that truck, he would not have walked away from that fall so just be careful while going up. Happy trailblazing!!!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Only walk maybe the first two miles, but it was a great walk. Will go again

hiking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Emery pretty protected hike. Best to go on toward Notch Pass Trail to Thomson Creek. A gem at the end!

on Gray Wolf Trail

hiking
Monday, March 20, 2017

Went till the tree said END. Mudslide cut off upper portion so only got to do the lower. Nice easy hike not too difficult. Very muddy in spots.

Monday, March 20, 2017

We decided to head out with our three kiddos for a hike on this sunny day in March and this one was perfect. There are lots of waterfalls and small creeks to jump over on the trail. The trail is nice and not difficult even for our six year old.

backpacking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

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

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Easy trail - well maintained. Trek through a nice forest to a river.

backpacking
Friday, June 10, 2016

Great trail. Plan on exploring the rest if the entire area throughout the summer.

backpacking
Friday, June 03, 2016

This was a serene trail. It was worth the up hill climbs. Camping at the a tributary greywolf and creek was just amazing. Highly recommended.

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

In the beginning its really muddy but the views is amazing!!

hiking
Sunday, March 20, 2016

Great hike! Beautiful scenery. Perfect hike for any skill level. Would highly recommend and will definitely do this one again.

hiking
Friday, January 08, 2016

Easy trail. Not a whole lot to see. Not very popular. Didn't run into anyone until I was half way back.

on Gray Wolf Trail

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Did the lower trail. A lot of great camping spots and so many butterflies. The river is beautiful. The end of the trail had a lot of down trees.

trail running
Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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.

hiking
Monday, August 18, 2014

Lovely shaded trail with plenty of photographic opportunities. Only went about 3 miles in but looking forward to doing the full 6 miles to the end sooner rather than later!

hiking
Monday, August 18, 2014

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.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

This is one of our favorite trails. My brother is visiting later this year and this is one of the hikes I plan to take him on. Quiet, great views and never a disappointment on this trail

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