Big Creek/Elip Creek Loop
General Location: 12 miles northeast of Lake Quinault along North Fork Quinault River Road.
Trailhead: North Fork trailhead
Notices: Campfires are prohibited at Three Lakes and above 3,500 feet.
Ecosystem type: Montane forest, subalpine meadow, temperate rainforest
Trail tread types: Maintained
General elevation trend: Moderate to steep
River crossings: Wild Rose and Elip Creeks must be forded. These can be hazardous during periods of high water.
Unique features: Mountain views, wildflowers
Level of difficulty: Difficult
Distance: 20.8 miles
Elevation change: 3,500 feet
Best Season: Late July through September
Elip Creek Trail
Big Creek Trail
Three Lakes Trail
North Fork Quinault Trail
Skyline Primitive Trail
Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at WIC in Port Angeles or at the South Shore Lake Quinault Ranger Station located next to Lake Quinault Lodge. No reservations necessary.
Food Storage Method: A community bear wire is available at Three Lakes and Elip Creek Camp. For other areas, bear canisters are recommended.
Location and sites: Three Lakes area, Wolf Bar, Halfway House, Elip Creek
Toilet Facilities: There is a toilet at Elip Creek Camp and Three Lakes. Otherwise bury waste 6-8" and 200 feet from water sources and campsites. Pack out toilet paper when not using pit toilets.
Water Source: Three Lakes, Big Creek, North Fork Quinault River - Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent Giardia.
Stock: Stock are allowed on North Fork Quinault River Trail only.
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.
Fires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are not allowed at Three Lakes or above 3,500 feet. Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day.
Safety: Snow hazards may exist. Route findind is difficult when the trail is snow covered. Check current conditions.