Fletcher Canyon Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews
#76 of 181 trails in

Fletcher Canyon Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Forks, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1627 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail for a day hike. Lots of tall, old trees. Most of the time, you climb a medium steep path in a mossy valley, with the sounds of a creek down below. Air was pleasantly cool, but after heavy rainfall it might become very wet, and fresh in early spring or late autumn.
The path is quite well maintained. However, there are several large trees laying across the way, that you have either to climb over or sneak underneath. Sometimes you have to leave the path a little, when it is washed away, or to circumvent a log blocking the path. Nothing serious, it only makes the hike a little more adventurous. But I would not particularly recommend it for smaller kids or for leashed dogs. Robust and waterproof hiking boots strongly recommended.
In the end, you have to walk a hundred yards inside the creek to reach the waterfall, which was no problem now in the end of summer, hopping from stone to stone. In spring, with more water, it might be more difficult and wetter.
The campground is only a square spot of ca. 10x10 yards with a fireplace and some logs to sit on, but an overnight stay here should definitely be nice.

IMPORTANT: Just when you are about to enter the valley of the waterfall, you will pass a large boulder. Immediately behind it, there seems to be a fork in the trail. Make not the same mistake as I initially did, and do not choose the more obvious path to the left, as it will end in a tangle of fallen trees and rocks after a few hundred yards. Go to the right through the shrubs, the track is easy to see (especially on your way back from the wrong direction :-) ) directly to the creek. You can pass it by using the large stem laying over it as a bridge. Needed about 90 min. up and 60 min. back (+breaks).
Only one other hiker on the whole tour.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

6 months ago

Short hike, about 2 miles and super hard to make our way through the over growth and downed trees. It was ok, waterfall is nice but you can't get very close to it as far as I could tell.

hiking
10 months ago

Late November there was a lot of deadfall across the trail and as far as I can tell there is no way to cross the creek at the end. Still a nice view of the small waterfall and the ridge behind it though, so it's worth doing.

hiking
Monday, April 18, 2016

Moderate hike. Beautiful forest. The trail is narrow and not much usage. Today was 80 degrees and we only saw 6 other people the entire hike.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Nice hike through the Olympic Forest with all the amazing old growth trees along the trail. Make sure you wear water resistant clothes as the dew coating the shrubs over growing the trail make it a wet hike. Near the waterfall you have to slog through head high salmon berries were you definitely emerge soaked if you have avoided getting wet so far. Waterfall was okay but the sun coming out while having lunch along the tree bridge made it a good morning hike.

hiking
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Short, moderate hike through old growth and rain forest. Leads to waterfall.