North Fork Quinault Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews
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North Fork Quinault Trail is a 29.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Quinault, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 29.8 miles Elevation Gain: 5,554 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

From Forks, travel south on U.S. 101 to North Shore Road at Lake Quinault. Turn left (east) and drive 17 miles to North Fork Ranger Station at the end of the road

hiking
13 days ago

Hiked about five miles in on this trail 11/24/19. It was a nice day, no one else on the trail. Fairly wet and muddy in places, but that allowed us to see a bunch of deer and elk tracks along the way. Several stream crossings, a few of which were a little dicey. I’d recommend poles to help with crossings, and bring an extra pair of socks in case your feet take a dunk. The road to the trailhead is in much better condition than many forest roads I’ve been on - some potholes but easily traversable even with a low clearance vehicle. A great day out in the woods!

Sat Nov 17 2018

A link to our trip is below— enjoy! https://vimeo.com/301384701

backpacking
Thu Jul 05 2018

I did 3 days and 2 nights backpacking up Elip creek camp, then crossing over the Elip creek trail and staying at Three prune, I came down the skyline ridge trail to thee lakes and then hiked back to the trail head. It was definitely a challenging trail but fun. With lots of climbing.

hiking
Wed Aug 27 2014

Great family hike. We backpacked in and planned on staying one night at Trapper before moving on to the Low Divide. Once we got to Trapper it was clear this place was inhabitable. There was an open sided shelter, though after we stopped for 5 seconds the mosquitos attacked by the thousands! We nearly ran out of there. Do not plan on stopping at Trapper for any length of time! So we boogied to Sixteen mile camp and was pleasantly surprised at the huge opening on the river with numerous camp sites. You must take off your boots to cross this river to continue on the trail.The trail gets steeper heading up from there, the meadow just before and lakes just after the low divide were more scenic then the divide it's self. We hiked around the lake to the rockface where we enjoyed a dip in the beautiful water on the hot August day.The trail was easy to moderate crossing many different terrains. The huckleberries are to die for. Make sure you take a few days to enjoy all this trail has to offer and don't forget to watch the stars at night.

Sat Mar 15 2014

I've done this trail and it is beautiful! If you like the Enchanted Valley trail you will love this!

hiking
Tue Jun 25 2013

Only went six miles upriver to Elip Creek. The trail to there was in excellent shape. Easy to follow. Some water crossings, but nothing terribly dangerous. Plenty of rocks and roots on the trail so footing was sketchy. Plus it rained the entire time. Relatively flat. Camped at Elip Creek. Next day we decided to go up the Elip Trail instead of continuing on next to the river. It was about six miles from the trailhead to Elip.

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