O'Neil Pass Trail

White Creek Basin
White Creek Basin View

NPS Pablo McLoud

Description
Trail Conditions
Camping
Special Concerns
Safety
Map
Photos







Notices:

  • Always call (360) 565-3131 to check the latest road conditions.
 

Description

Ecosystem type: Lowland forest river valley, montane forest, subalpine meadow
Trail Maintenance level: Low maintenance
General elevation trend: Moderate
Unique features: Record sized trees
Level of difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
Distance: 7.4 miles to O'Neil Pass
Elevation change: 1,940 foot gain
Best Season: Late July through mid-October
Stock: Closed to stock

 

Camping

Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at the South Shore Quinault Ranger Station when open or the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles. No reservations necessary.
Food Storage Method: No Bear wires on this trail. Bear canisters are recommended due to lack of good trees for hanging food. If you are hanging food it must be hung at least 12 feet high and 10 feet out from the nearest tree trunk.
Campsites: White Creek Basin has small tent sites. Campsites also located at Marmot Lake east of O'Neil Pass.
Toilet Facilities: None. Bury waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from water sources. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: Various small streams. Always boil, filter, or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent Giardia.
Stock: Not Allowed. 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 prohibited 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 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. Always check weather forecasts before your trip and watch weather closely during your trip.

 
Quinault Valley
Quinault Valley from O'Neil Pass Trail

NPS Pablo McLoud

 
Oneil Pass View
Peaks from O'Neil Pass

NPS Pablo McLoud

Last updated: March 6, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

600 E. Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone:

(360) 565-3130

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