NE DESTINATIONS - UPPER GRAY WOLF RIVER TRAIL...11.5 MILES
DIRECTIONS TO : DEER PARK TRAILHEAD - MILEPOST 253
NEAREST CAMPGROUND: Deer Park
RANGER STATION : Ranger station, toilets
.....Gray Wolf Trail -- A relatively easy 7.7-mile hike through the Olympic National Forest; trailhead is accessible off Lost Mountain Road.
.....Gain access to the Buckhorn Wilderness, and the northeast corner of Olympic National Park. Visit famed, isolated Royal Basin. Or use this route to connect with trails on the Quilicene and Dosewallips, or to Hurricane Ridge (not easily accessible this year until much repair work is done on the la Nina-shredded Gray Wolf Trail).
.....Gray Wolf River is Accessible only by trail, the Gray Wolf offers good trout fishing, but only some salmon.
.....The Gray Wolf River trail downstream 3 miles to the park boundary. This is a hike for strong backpackers only. The climb back to Deer Park is a killer, but hey, it's free.
.....The Olympic National Forest has five designated Wilderness Areas. Recreation opportunities vary but most offer good opportunities for hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, fishing, and camping in primitive settings. The Buckhorn Wilderness is located in the northeast portion of the Olympic National Forest. A patented mining claim involving 216 acres of private land is within the Wilderness. This Wilderness, the largest on the Forest, includes very steep terrain ranging in elevation from 1,000 feet near the Gray Wolf River, to the summit of Mt. Fricaba at 7,134 feet. Barren ridges and steep, rocky cliffs and peaks are common in the higher elevations.
.....Just beyond the Elwha Ranger Station is the Whiskey Bend road. Tradition says, Whiskey Bend was named when a C.C.C. crew leader promised whiskey to his men upon reaching this point in their road-building efforts. The road once continued to Hurricane Ridge Road. The abandoned road is now Wolf Creek trail. The Lower Wolf Creek Trail is at the end of this road, at the Deer Park end.
.....Near the base of Whiskey Bend Road, the Hurricane Hill Trail shoots nearly straight up to Hurricane Ridge. At the other end of the road, the Wolf Creek Trail does the same.
.....Following the original road to Hurricane Ridge, the Wolf Creek trail offers only sketchy views of nearby peaks in the lower section of trail. The old road closed in the late 1950s when the new Hurricane Ridge Road was completed. BICYCLES are PROHIBITED. Carry several quarts of water with you.
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