Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Sam's River Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Amanda Park, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 62 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

River

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

No dogs

Waypoints (0)
Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (15)
Photos (27)
Recordings (8)
Completed (20)
Sara Conklin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 4, 2020
HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

Amazing hike today!! Bring bug spray, boots and a snack. Great timing led to us seeing a heard of elk, we had a great day!!

View Sara's Recording
Jacob Moore
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 1, 2020
HikingMuddyOver grown

Great little trail! Careful getting to it, though. It’s at the end of a very long one way trail through the mountains and going to “Sam’s River” on google maps will -not- get you there. The trail itself was a lot of fun. Wild huckleberries and salmonberries grow all up and down the length of the trail if you come by during the right season. Trail was a bit muddy when I went, almost lost a hiking boot at one point. Provides a beautiful view of the Queets River. Trail does disappear into the thick growth occasionally but is generally a pleasant and enjoyable experience. Trail was longer than described; I ended up clocking closer to 4 miles than the 2.8 described here. Right near the end the trail passes through a very open grassy field that apparently bears like to use as an open bathroom. Saw some prints but no bears. Mostly just birds and slugs.

View Jacob's Recording
Cameo Rose
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 7, 2019
Hiking

Such a beautiful, lush hike full of different types of scenery. From meadows, to dense wildlife trails, and rivers! We hiked this in early October so it was lightly raining, which made it muddy and flooded out in some parts but it was so peaceful and made for a great adventure. The trail was lost for a moment when we came to a meadow, but we found the way out when we saw a sign with an arrow saying “trail” pointing the way. The loop was pretty confusing as it starts and ends on either sides of the road? NOTE: follow the signs for the Queets campground — It’s right there. My GPS had taken us the other way (right at the fork) which was wrong!

Sarah Schaefer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 17, 2019
Hiking

Trail was a little overgrown. And we got to a section where we couldn’t find the trail and turned around. Other than that...very peaceful and go here if you want to get away from the crowds. We didn’t see anyone else on the trail. Saw lots of grouse and some slugs. Saw bear scat and an elk print in the mud. And some cool trees and mushrooms.

Shane Lyons
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 14, 2019
Nature tripsBugsOver grown
View Shane's Recording
emily stanley
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 21, 2018
Hiking

Trail was super quite on a beautiful late October day. It was “ on our way” while we were driving across the peninsula, but still several miles down a gravel road making for slow driving. From the ranger station, you can follow the trail north and go along the river. We went this way initially and lost the map at the road (1.25 miles) as others have mentioned. There are no blazes and the trail was clear only by the worn foot path in the ankle high plants for much of it. Taking the path back the way we came, from the rangers station we crossed the road and picked up the trail maybe 50 feet south. There was a different feel to this part of the path, with creeks running under log bridges. In retrospect, I think the trail picks down in the campground to continue along the river, but even looking at the maps now it is confusing. Do your research and download maps while you are still in civilization (on US 101 at least).

Gian Ricco
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 5, 2018

We left from the ranger station and followed the river portion of the trail for about a mile. Then we lost the trail when we rejoined the road, so we simply followed the road back to the car. Long drive up for a short hike. Would have been a bit of a miss were it not for coming within 30 ft of a bear. Drive up was pretty though. Very easy for our five year old.

Erin Bramscher
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 2, 2017
Hiking

Trail is overgrown but still easy to navigate. Great for solitude. I saw elk and ate wild raspberries. Really peaceful spot!

Mesina R.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 20, 2016

the loop was unclear due to the overgrowth but a nice path indeed.

Derik G.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMarch 25, 2016
First to Review

So the location for this is way off. Your best bet to finding this is follow the directions until you get off of the main road. You will start seeing signs for a Queets park. The directions will follow those signs until the the end, then will have you turn right when sign says left, go left! After that, just follow the signs to the ranger station. It was a pretty nice trail once we found it, however, no pets or firearms are allowed. We were enjoying the hike until we came across a decaying elk in the middle of the trail, kinda put us out of the mood. So we went back to the end of the trail and hung out on the river. Its a pretty cool spot in the middle of no where.

Clifford Jones
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 24, 2020
Hiking
View Clifford's Recording
Michael Bobeck
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMarch 20, 2019
Hiking
View Michael's Recording
Patricia Wheeless
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarNovember 30, 2018
Hiking
Philippe Audi
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 2, 2018
Hiking
View Philippe 's Recording
Eric Dickmann
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 29, 2016
Hiking
View Eric's Recording