Cat Basin Primitive Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Port Angeles, 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.
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.
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.