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Quinault River Pony Bridge Trail

MODERATE 97 reviews
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Quinault River Pony Bridge Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately 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


nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers


no dogs

1 day 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.

2 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.

3 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.

3 months ago

5 months ago

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).

7 months ago

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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Saturday, August 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.

Friday, August 24, 2018

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

Friday, August 24, 2018

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

Saturday, July 28, 2018

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

Saturday, July 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.

Wednesday, 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!!

Friday, 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.

Monday, December 18, 2017

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

Sunday, November 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)

Saturday, November 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.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Great hike, but the road to grave creek campground and the trailhead is closed two miles out, so the walk on the road to the trailhead added an additional 4 miles to the hike. The walk on the road is dusty and long but once we got to the trailhead it was a wonderful hike.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I took my girlfriend here with some friends so that she could do her first overnight trip. It's an excellent place for people who are first timers to backpacking. It is easy and takes less than a couple hours to get to campsite. Awesome growth forest as well.

Friday, November 06, 2015

This is a beautiful trail out of the Graves Campground area 10 miles from quinault Lodge. This trail gets prettier as it goes but we only had time to get about 6 miles in, so we went as far as the pony bridge. It climbs about a 1,000 feet in the first 2 miles, then drops about 300 feet to the bridge. But it was well worth it. Great lunch spot overlook the water.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

huge old growth forest.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

awesome trail all year

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Did this day hike with the wife on 15 Sep 13 and absolutely loved it. Our first time in the Quinault Valley and didn't want to push her very hard but she really enjoyed it. Easy 5 mile round trip hike to the bridge and worth the trip even for beginners if you have the right weather gear. Already looking forward to extending this trail to the Enchanted Valley next year!!!

1 month ago

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