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Queets River Trail

Spruce Bottom Camp

Spruce Bottom Camp

NPS Pablo McLoud

Notices
Description
Trail Conditions
Camping
Special Concerns
Safety
Map
 

Notices

  • The Lower Queets Road provides access as far as Matheny Creek; the road is closed beyond that due to a major land slide. The area within 1/4 mile of the land slide is closed to public entry due to unsafe conditions.
  • Access to the Upper Queets area, including the trailhead and campground, opened in spring 2008. More info & map of access into Upper and Lower Queets areas.
  • A river ford is required to access the Queets from the trailhead. This crossing can be difficult or impossible during periods of heavy rain or snow melt. It is commonly waist deep in summer.
  • Always watch weather forecasts closely! It is possible that the river can be fordable on your way in and not on your way out due to heavy rains or snow melt. Do not get trapped up river!
 

Description

Ecosystem type: Rain forest river valley
Trail tread types: low level of maintenance
General elevation trend: level
River crossings: The Queets River must be forded at the trailhead.
Unique features: Old-growth rain forest
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 15.8 miles to end of trail
Elevation change: 360 to 800 ft.
Best Season: July through September

 

Camping

Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at the 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 are recommended in this area. All food, garbage and scented items must be hung at least 12 feet high and 10 ft. out from the nearest tree trunk or stored in bear canisters.
Campsites: Spruce Bottom, Bob Creek, gravel bars
Toilet Facilities: none; bury waste 6-8" 200 ft from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: Queets River and tributary streams. Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent Giardia.
Stock: Allowed, 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. 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

  • A river ford is required at the trailhead to access the Queets River Trail. The crossing can be difficult or impossible during periods of heavy rain or snow melt. This ford is commonly waist deep in summer.
  • Map & compass navigation skills may be necessary in places along this trail.
 
 
Queets Valley
The Queets River Valley
NPS
 
Crossing the Queets at Low Water
Crossing the Queets River at low water
NPS Bryan Bell
 
Queets Hiker
Hiker in Queets Rainforest
NPS Bryan Bell

Did You Know?

white flower

Does this flower look familiar? The bunchberry, a common groundcover of Olympic's lowland forest, is closely related to the dogwood trees found throughout North America.