Three Forks Trail

Notices

Obtain your Wilderness Camping Permit at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles, year round.
Check with USFS for Deer Park road status

Description

Ecosystem type: Montane Forest, subalpine meadow
Trail tread types: Maintained
General elevation trend: Steep
Unique features: Views
Level of difficulty: Difficult
Distance: 4.4
Elevation change: 5400 ft. to 1600 ft.
Best Season: Mid June through October
Connecting Trails: Cameron Creek Trail, Upper Graywolf River Trail, Grand Pass Trail, Obstruction Point/Deer Park Trail

Access:

Drive to Deer Park and hike down the steep Three Forks Trail for 4.5 miles, then follow 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.

Camping

Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles. No reservations necessary.
Food Storage Method: Bear canisters are required in the subalpine high country where food cannot be hung at least 12 feet high and 10 ft. out from the nearest tree trunk.
Campsites: Deer Park is the nearest
Toilet Facilities: None, bury waste 6-8" 200 ft from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: Only at trail head.
Stock: Allowed, check stock regulations. See Stock Use .

Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in established sites or on bare ground.
Campfires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are not allowed above 3,500 feet. Leave no trace of your fire ring. Burn dead and down wood only.
Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day. Bear canisters are recommended in this area.

Safety

Always carry the 10 Essentials: map, compass, flashlight, knife, matches, nylon cord, extra food and water, and raingear with warm clothes.
Map & compass navigation skills may be necessary in places along this trail. Snow may cover higher reaches of this trail in any season, so know how to navigate without a trail for guidance.
Let someone know where and when you are taking your hike. Make emergency plans for them to follow if you do not return.
Watch the weather before and during your hike. Storms move quickly. Whiteouts are sudden. Read the weather forecasts, but remember to read the weather in front of your face.
Snow When traveling on snow, bring an ice axe and know how to use it.

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