Cat Basin Primitive Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews

Cat Basin Primitive Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Port Townsend, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
170 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

no dogs

1 month ago

Cat Lake road is being extended and there are huge gravel trucks and bulldozers at work there. Currently I’d say it is impassible beyond the paved end.

1 month ago

closed trail no longer open to public

9 months ago

not much to see. Good walk for grandkids.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Loop is a gated road. Double track seemed to be used by hikers, cyclists, and horses. Rather open but not much to see. Is posted as private property and no trespassing, but came across local that says the owner is ok with hikers. Nice walk to do once.

hiking
Friday, March 10, 2017

The map and trail depicted here are NOT the Cat Basin Primitive Trail. This is Cat Lake, an easy loop through lowland scrub forest on the Miller Peninsula, just south of Miller Peninsula State Park. The actual CAT BASIN PRIMITIVE TRAIL is located on the Appleton Pass Trail which is reached by going south on the Olympic Hot Springs Road, or by way of the Sol Duc River Trail to the Appleton Pass trailhead (5 miles from vehicle parking lot.

hiking
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What an amazing basin. Don't forget to stop at Swimming Bear Lake. It's a peaceful setting with a calm lake, jaw dropping vistas, and bears grazing on the slopes.

hiking
Saturday, September 10, 2016