Quinault River Pony Bridge Trail

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Olympic National Park

Quinault River Pony Bridge Trail is a 4.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Quinault, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,164 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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rocky
2 months ago

Between the drive out and the trail itself, I don't think you could ask for a better overview of the Quinault Rainforest. I hike for solitude though, and you won't find any of that here.

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muddy
2 months ago

Beautiful scenery, beautiful hike, gorgeous destination. Highly recommend.

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blowdown
2 months ago

Had a blast went with a group of six saw a heard of elk on the drive up and traces of them all throughout the trail. Once we got to the bridge the over look was beautiful well worth it highly recommend this hike

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rocky
2 months ago

We did this hike in August. It was sooooo hot and for that reason it seemed so difficult. the path is very rocky and muddy. Make sure you stretch before you take this hike!

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3 months ago

We hiked on February 8, 2020. It was a sunny day with some rain showers. The dirt road driving to the trailhead was about 40 minutes. It had some pot holes there but not too bad. It was still a enjoyable ride with all the trees and beautiful river along the road. The trail was 70% in good condtion, no snow, but a bit muddy, rocky, rocky with stream and with some fallen trees that you have to climb over. The worst part of the trail was close to the end of the Pony bridge. It‘s very rocky, walking on the rocky stream, muddy and there was a big tree fallen down blocking the trail. We managed to climb over the tree and make it to the Pony bridge to see the very beautiful blue water and waterfall. Overall, it was a very beautiful trail with lots of green trees.

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5 months ago

Great all around rain forest hike. Short and sweet with beautiful flora and we saw a large elk herd on the road leading to the trailhead. Thankful for the rocky, well marked trail as mud was almost a nonissue. Good hike for shorter winter days when daylight can be a consideration. River was beautiful. Looking forward to hiking this area again and extending my trip beyond the bridge when longer days allow.

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6 months ago

Amazing!!! First, getting there can be a bit tricky. The trail doesn't start off of S Shore Road--as indicated on AllTrails map--but is located at the end of the Graves Creek Road (a very pretty drive!). Pony Bridge is only 2.5 miles up the trail but what a glorious hike that was! Everything is vivid green, the water is clear and blue, the smell is so fresh... You go up the hill for the first part of the hike and begin descending down rocky, creek-like path as you get closer to the bridge, which is a must see. The view is spectacular and it's a lovely spot to have lunch. Hiking there on a weekday at the beginning of December, I was the only person on the trail and it was incredible--the only sound I heard was the river, creeks, and an occasional woodpecker.

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6 months ago

Beautiful trail. Even on a rainy day the hike was enjoyable. Trail well maintained and easy to do. The dense trees make the rain doesn’t seem so wet.

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7 months ago

Great experience. Not a difficult trail but felt extremely desolate. Hiked it on a week day and was the only car in the lot. You will lose cell reception long before you even reach the trailhead. Was raining lightly the day we hiked this but wasn’t a problem... if anything it made the rainforest feel more alive. Some parts of the trail were like walking up a creek, but nothing that athletic sneakers couldn’t handle. Would definitely recommend a rain shell. The view of the river over Pony bridge was a highlight of the entire trip. Would recommend.

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9 months ago

Hiked this trail last month with my boyfriend when we visited Olympic National Park. The weather was cloudy, but once we got to the bridge it was beautiful! We ate lunch and then decided to continue onto the O’Neil trailhead. I think we hiked about 6.5 miles in total and turned around. If you continue past Pony Bridge, it is pretty flat with a couple of inclines but the creeks and streams were wonderful. My garmen watch actually calculated pony bridge to be about 2.7 miles in from the parking lot. Well worth the hike!

Trail very well marked aside from one spot — immediately after the Fire Creek (FZire something, might be wrong name?) crossing. When hiking toward the valley, once off the footbridge, immediately turn right and follow the riverbank for ~30 seconds. Trail resumes back up into the forest thereafter. The trail seems to go straight into the forest once off the bridge — wrong. Quickly found ourselves off trail and backtracking. Aside from that, glorious walk in the woods. Lots of shade / sun splashed throughout. Chalet is set in a gorgeous valley. Time permitting, great way to experience the Quinault Rainforest. Bring bug spray. Encountered a mature black bear walking down the trail and he had zero interest in our group; the fella was tearing up logs and searching for plants. Cool experience.

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10 months ago

Excellent hike, not too hard nor too easy. Beautiful forested trail leads to a bridge over a scenic gorge in the Quinault River with great spots for lunch near the bridge. Total round trip time was 2.5 hours. Drive to the trailhead on 11 mile gravel and dirt road was very dusty with plenty of potholes, nothing too serious. Elevation gain of about 1200 feet and 5 miles round trip per ONP sign. Moderate amount of people on the trail, not overcrowded. Trekking poles not necessary. Hiked Sunday, July 21, 2019.

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bugs
10 months ago

Sun May 05 2019

5/2/19 Perfect weather. Not a lot of people. Trail has a nice mix of ups and downs, but remains moderate. A little mud and water, but easy to get through and remain dry. Go beyond Pony Bridge to find some nice spots along the river to have your lunch (there are actual camps for backpackers).

Sun Mar 03 2019

Just gorgeous. My husband and I chose this as our only OP hike last August. We are both in average shape. It's a little strenuous at times due to the hills, but they are gradual. I did have a walking stick and was thankful for it due to mud in a few places, but I could have done without. But the entire hike is breath taking. It's so green and cool in the forest. Loved every second.

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Tue Sep 18 2018

Pretty hike. Crystal clear water in falls and river. Went later in day and light thru trees was beautiful.

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Sat Sep 15 2018

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Sat Aug 25 2018

Hiked today (July 24, 2018). Little longer than advertised-from parking to bridge and back was 5.8 miles with about 2100 feet of total elevation gain. 1st two miles are up and last mile is down. Really a nice hike. Lots of big trees and shade. Well maintained trail. Parking lot was full early in the morning so lots of parking was done along the road. Watch what you park under-just as we came out a large branch from a snag dropped on a car. 3 hours round trip for us. Very enjoyable all the way. Pony bridge is a nice stopping point-but it’s the hike in its totality that I found enjoyable. Don’t let the elevation gain scare. It steady and gradual-never any switchbacks.

Fri Aug 24 2018

Wonderful trail! Hiked in July, small parking area, but beautiful scenery.

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Fri Aug 24 2018

Hiked 08/20/18. This is a nice moderate hike to a gorge on the Quinalt River.

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Sat Jul 28 2018

Beautiful hike. Parking area is very small for the amount of cars that go back there. Lots of backpackers. Get there early!

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Sat Jul 07 2018

Beautiful hike with wonderful views throughout. There are some wet spots, but we got through with just sneakers and stayed dry. Lots of inclines on the way in, so it's sure to get your heart pumping. The views on the bridge are wonderful. Well worth the drive.

Wed May 16 2018

Beautiful trail! The views are amazing the whole time. stop off and have a snack at Pony Bridge and sit in awe of the river and majesty of the forest!!

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Fri May 11 2018

This hike is absolutely STUNNING. There is so much to take in along the way. Road there has a lot of potholes. Highly recommend.

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Mon Dec 18 2017

Nice trail thru the rainforest with moderate inclines. all sorts of things to enjoy. this trip will get you hooked on hiking!

Sun Nov 26 2017

This was great and beautiful! Went on the Saturday after thanksgiving but only passed a few groups along the way. Saw some elk and a mouse along the way :-). The trail is wet in parts so you’ll want waterproof hiking shoes. The road up to the trailhead does have a lot of potholes so be aware when driving. We aren’t experienced hikers and got a good sweat going but we were able to do the whole hike in about 2.5 hours (trailhead to pony bridge and back)

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Sat Nov 25 2017

I hiked this with my family on Thanksgiving day. It's a little dicey of a drive from the lake, lots of pot hole dodging and water across the road because of snow melt from early snow and of course rain. We saw 4 elk grazing beside the road! Trail was well maintained though there was lots of water running on trail. With all the water came lots and lots of waterfalls! Big trees galore, mushrooms of all types and golden leaves still adorned the forest. Final destination, pony bridge, was spectacular! Big water, steep boulders and more big trees.

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