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"Elwha Trail is the main foot or horseback route into the high central portion of the Olympic Mountains. It starts from the Olympic highway, two and a half miles west of Port Angeles and follows, in the main, the east bank of the Elwha River to the Elwha Basin and to the low Divide at the head of the North Fork Quinault River. The route is well defined throughout the first twenty-five miles to Hayes River where much grading is in evidence. But the last eleven miles or so to the Elwha Basin includes three crossings of the main river by ford or foot-log, and easily can be confused with numerous elk trails along the heavily timbered bottoms. Two main through-trails are reached by this route: The Hayes-Dosewallips route to Hood Canal, and the North Fork Quinault Trail at the Low Divide, 38 miles. The Elwha trail is the most popular for climbing Mt. Olympus.

The Canyon Creek-Hoh Trail starts from the Sol Duc Hot Springs and swings up Canyon Creek, cutting across the high Sol Duc Divide along the west face of the Bogachiel Peak, then over the Hoh River, a total distance of about thirteen miles. It gives easy access to the highly scenic Seven Lakes Basin, the top of Bogachiel Peak, and furnishes a marvelous view of the north side of Mount Olympus, six miles away by airline. Also the heavily timbered Hoh and Bogachiel Valleys.

The Bogachiel Trail branches from the present Pacific Trail and follows the north bank of the main river, from the North Fork to the high open divide between this drainage and the Sol Duc, here connencting with the Bogachiel Park Trail.

The Hoh trail branches from the old Pacific Trail, twelve miles south of Forks, and follows the north bank of the main Hoh River on an easy grade to the Olympic Ranger Station, two miles above the junction of the Canyon-Hoh Trail, a distance of about 28 miles. Foot travel is possible above the station, and Mount Olympus has been climbed from this side, but the route is not well defined and is somewhat hazardous.


Tributary to the Southwest District are Quinault and Humptulips, and more distant Hoquiam and Aberdeen.

The Humn-Noochee Trail brances east from the Olympic Highway about eight miles north of Humptulips and cuts across both the west and east forks of the Humptulips, over which there are no bridges, and into the Wynoochee Drainage, a distance of seventeen miles.

It gives access to the Wynoochee River Trail which is graded and passable into high open country near the head of that river. This latter trail can be reached by trail along the lower section of the river from the Montesano, or by a crude cross-country trail from the Simpson Logging Railroad in the Satsop Drainage.

The Quinault River Trail takes off from the end of the Quinault Valley South Side Road, and follows the south bank of the main river to Litchy Creek. Horseback and foot travel farther up the river is possible only with considerable difficulty.