North Fork Quinault River
General Location: 12 miles northeast of Lake Quinault along East Fork Quinault River Valley.
Trailhead: North Fork trailhead
Notices: There is a river crossing at 16-mile camp. Check with the WIC for conditions.
Contact the WIC for information about trailhead shuttles. (360) 565-3100
North Fork Quinault River Valley
Ecosystem type: Rain forest river valley, subalpine area
Trail tread types: Well-maintained
General elevation trend: Moderate
River crossings: Fords are necessary at Wild Rose Creek, Elip Creek and the North Fork Quinault River at 16- mile Camp. These can be dangerous during periods of heavy rain or snow-melt
Unique features: Old-growth rain forest, wildflowers
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 15.9 miles to Low Divide
Elevation change: 519 feet to 3602 feet
Best Season: May through September - Low Divide can remain snow covered into July.
North Fork Quinault Trail
Elwha River 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: Bear canisters and bear wires.
Location and sites: Wolf Bar, Halfway House, Elip Creek, Trapper Shelter area, Twelve Mile area, 16 Mile Camp, Low Divide
Toilet Facilities: Pit toilets are available at Elip Creek Camp, Trapper Shelter Camp, 12-Mile Camp, 16-Mile Camp, and Low Divide. In other areas bury waste 6-8" 200 ft from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: North Fork Quinault River and tributary streams. Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent giardia.
Stock: Allowed, check stock regulations.
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.
Fires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are not allowed 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: Steam crossings may be high during winter, spring and during heavy rain or snow melt. Check trail conditions.