Gray Wolf Trail

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Gray Wolf Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sequim, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,332 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

rocky

Please note the trail used to continue past the marked route on the map. You will come across signs telling you not to continue. It is washed out, down a ravine with a washed out bridge, and very dangerous. Do not cross sign indicating the end of the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

I spontaneously did the Lower Grey Wolf as a solo hike to the river and it was very nice. Some great views and lots of beautiful wildflowers in the meadows at the beginning of the trail. Beware of nettles they will get ya. No one else on the trail and I will not do it solo again. It’s not heavily trafficked -the memorial at the trail head is a good reminder

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, but David Pucci (below) was absolutely right. On May 18, 2018, three hikers found the remains of a 24-year-old solo hiker near the Gray Wolf Trail. The group of three hikers were about six miles down the trail at an area of a bridge washout when they discovered what appeared to human remains about 300 feet down in a ravine. Please respect the signs and turn around when the trail ends. Even an experienced hiker can have a bad day, or have the conditions be just wrong for scrambling on the unimproved trail a previous hiker used to make a "loop" out of an out-and-back. Peace, Love, and Hike with a Friend.

hiking
6 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.

10 months ago

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
11 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.

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
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.

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

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
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.

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.

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
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Early 2000 I helped WTA re-route the trailhead. This is a wonderful trail but has to be done from two locations because of a bridge being out and no safe crossing. There are a lot of great side hikes off the Gray Wolf Trail.

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