Ericson's Bay Primitive Trail

Forest along the Ericson's Bay Primitive Trail
Forest along the Ericson's Bay Primitive Trail

Description
Trail Conditions
Camping
Special Concerns
Safety
Map

Notices:

  • This trail is not maintained. The old boardwalks can be hazardous and slippery.
  • Trail cannot be accessed from the Ericson's Bay Camp. It can only be accessed by boat from the east side of Ericson's Bay.
  • Obtain your Wilderness Camping Permit at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles, year-round.
 

Description

Ecosystem type: Coastal forest
Trail tread types: Primitive
General elevation trend: Flat
Unique features: Ancient forest, beach access
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 2.0 miles
Elevation change: None
Best Season: All seasons

 

Camping

Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles. Permits are limited year round for camping between Yellow Banks and Point of the Arches. Reservations recommended if you are camping on the beaches between May 1 and September 30.
Food Storage Method: As of May 2013, all food, garbage, and scented items must be storedovernight and when unattendedin park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets or other hard-sided containers are no longer permitted. Bear canisters may be rented from the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles. Hanging food is not allowed in this area; wildlife will destroy hanging food bags, tents, coolers, backpacks, and other containers to steal food and other scented items.
Campsites: None along this trail. Ericson's Bay Camp is 0.5 mile north from the eastern end of this trail, which is only accessible by boat. South Sand Point camp is located by turning south along the beach at the end of this trail.
Toilet Facilities: South Sand Point where the trail meets the beach; a toilet is also located at Ericson's Bay Camp. Bury human waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: Nearby streams. Cryptosporidium and giardia exist in coastal lakes, streams, and rivers. Always filter or boil water. Iodine is ineffective against cryptosporidium. Water treatment systems do not treat saltwater for consumption.
Stock: Prohibited. 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, as of May 2013, all food, garbage, and scented items must be storedovernight and when unattendedin park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets or other hard-sided containers are no longer permitted.

 

Safety

  • Always carry the 10 Essentials: map, compass, flashlight, knife, matches, nylon cord, extra food and water, and rain gear 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.
  • 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. Whiteouts are sudden. Read the weather forecasts, but remember to read the weather in front of your eyes.
 

Last updated: October 14, 2017

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