"A first trail in this direction started from the head of tidewater on the East Hoquiam River and extended in a northerly direction to a connection with a stock trail at School Section prairie, now Polson's Railroad camp.
The stock trail had been made by early settlers, the Ford family. It extended from a canoe landing on the Humptulips River and connected all the open spaces in that neighborhood, including the Northwest prairie, Axford prairie, Sutton prairie, and the before-mentioned School Section prairie.
The East Hoquiam Trail was mostly used by timber-cruisers, though some settlers entered that way. This trail was laid out by Jerry McGillicuddy, Sr.
Stevens Prairie next became an objective point as a number of settlers had located in that region. To J.J. Kelly was assigned the task of choosing a direct route from Stevens Prairie (Humptulips City) to the Harbor. He blazed a direct line from the starting point to Axford Prairie, thence in a southerly direction, following the high ground to the head of tidewater on the West fork of the Hoquiam River. As soon as this trail was cut out it became the main traveled trail to the northern country. A trail to Quinault Lake to join the end of the road at Humptulips, and a trail from the Queets River to Quinault Lake completed the chain.
The trail age has passed for the most part, and their locations forgotten except where some old timer may remember that the highways now go over the same ground.
Another trail not without romance started at the forks of the Wishkah River and lost itself in the heavy timber between the forks of the Humptulips River. A few permanent settlers above tidewater on the Wishkah made use of the trail, but it was used mainly by those who located timber in the famous township twenty-one-nine, when the rush to get claims was on.
What tales of aching limbs and blistered feet the ghost of this path could relate !