Bogachiel River Trail
ElevationAscent: 5,643' 1,720 m
Descent: -1,953' -595 m
High: 4,267' 1,301 m
Low: 411' 125 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“This is a solitary, peaceful route where you can really become one with the wilderness.”— Megan W
The trees get bigger with more old-growth the further you travel. There is a rope to scramble over a washout, then some travel on a skinny bluff that may make those with a fear of heights nervous. Although the grade on the first half of the trail is not difficult, for most users, the weather and trail surface conditions provide the most challenge. There can be downed trees, voracious mosquitoes, deep stream crossings and muddy muck. Or you can have dry sunny weather!
Pass Bogachel camp and Flapjack camps. Soon, the Rugged Ridge Trail departs heading north up a hillside. The Bogachiel River valley starts to feel more enclosed as the surrounding valley walls get steeper. After crossing Elbow Creek, the trail leaves the Bogachiel River and continues up the North Fork of Bogachiel River until its terminus. The path starts out on the north bank, but soon crosses over to the south bank of the North Fork of Bogachiel River.
The hiking becomes much steeper and you begin to ascend in earnest. Pass Hyak camp and contour around the very base of Misery Peak. Continue to ascend towards the headwaters of the North Fork of Bogachiel River and climb to the ridge via a series of switchbacks. Follow the ridgeline past the intersection with Slide Peak Route #1, to where the Bogachiel River Trail terminates at the junction with Little Divide Trail and the Mink Lake Trail.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Olympic National Park