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    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Enchanted Valley Temporarily Closed to Camping September 1-14

    To protect contractor and visitor safety, Enchanted Valley will be temporarily closed to all public camping during the relocation of Enchanted Valley Chalet. Hikers and stock users may continue to travel through the valley, must be escorted by park staff. More »

  • Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5

    Spruce Railroad Trail will be closed from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

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    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Rabies

    Rabies has been detected in a single bat in the Lake Crescent area of the park. Rabies exposure is extremely rare, but fatal if untreated. Anyone observing unusual or aggressive behavior among park wildlife should inform a park ranger as soon as possible. More »

Duckabush River Trail 

Trail Through Ancient Forest

Trail Through Ancient Forest

Jim Patterson

Description
Trail Conditions
Camping
Special Concerns
Safety
Map

Notices

 

Description

Ecosystem type: Lowland forest, montane forest
Trail tread types: lower level of maintenance
General elevation trend: Mild to steep
Unique features: River, ancient forest
Level of difficulty: Mild to difficult
Distance: 16.1 miles from park boundary to O'Neil Pass, 6.2 from trailhead to park boundary
Elevation change: 1550 ft. at park boundary to 4950 ft. at O'Neil Pass
Best Season: Below 2000 ft. can be snow free year round High Elevations: early July through October.

 

Camping

Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles. No reservations necessary.
Food Storage Method: Bear wires are located at 10-mile Camp, Upper Duckabush and Marmot Lake. Bear canisters are required at Lake LaCrosse and 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: 10-mile Camp, Upper Duckabush, Marmot Lake.
Toilet Facilities: 10-mile Camp, Upper Duckabush and Marmot Lake; elsewhere bury waste 6-8" 200 ft from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: Duckabush River and nearby streams. Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent Giardia infection.
Stock: Allowed to jct with Home Sweet Home Trail, 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. Where fires are allowed, 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.
  • Ice ax and self-arrest skills are necessary to cross mountain passes when they are snow covered.
  • 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. Always check weather forecasts before your trip and watch weather closely during your trip.
 
 
Duckabush River Valley
Duckabush River Valley
NPS Pablo McLoud
 
Upper Duckabush View
Upper Duckabush View
NPS Pablo McLoud

Did You Know?

DYK fisher release

Fishers (members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters) were reintroduced to Olympic National Park in 2008-10. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared due to overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.