North Fork Quinault River Trail
ElevationAscent: 3,848' 1,173 m
Descent: -796' -243 m
High: 3,548' 1,081 m
Low: 497' 151 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“Historic and beautiful, this trail weaves along a pristine rainforest wilderness towards Low Divide.”— Doug Scott
The first few miles to Elip Creek are extremely easy to follow and have frequent black bear sightings in the spring and fall months. At Elip Creek, you'll probably have to ford the creek, which can be extremely difficult in the spring and early summer months, or after heavy rain. Past the bridge, the trail gains more elevation, and the forests become even more impressive.
Views of mountains aren't very common along the trail. However, the North Fork of the Quinault River continues to grow more gorgeous each passing mile. Crossing numerous creeks and bridges, the trail becomes more remote and feels wild. Views are limited to ancient rainforest old growth and huge ferns until to you make the ascent up to Low Divide.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Olympic National Park