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The map and trail depicted here are NOT the Cat Basin Primitive Trail. This is Cat Lake, an easy loop through lowland scrub forest on the Miller Peninsula, just south of Miller Peninsula State Park. The actual CAT BASIN PRIMITIVE TRAIL is located on the Appleton Pass Trail which is reached by going south on the Olympic Hot Springs Road, or by way of the Sol Duc River Trail to the Appleton Pass trailhead (5 miles from vehicle parking lot.
Very dramatic and rewarding views on this hike. The first half is nice, but it really opens up with views into Grand Valley and Badger Valley about halfway through. It can get windy up there; and I suppose quite often. I would love to hike this when it isn't a gorgeous and clear summer day, too. When the visibility is good, you'll have plenty of reason to stop all of the time and look around on this trail. That gets difficult sometimes because of the trail condition. When I hiked this trail in late August 2016, I encountered parts of it that were in need of some attention. The closer you get to Obstruction Point, the more the path narrows and becomes populated with scree. I really wanted to go back there and shovel off the scree that was beginning to flow over the path for a few miles. Bring some trekking poles and take your time.
Stephen F. on Marymere Falls Trail
Great hike for kids.