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Lower Gray Wolf River

Olympic Peninsula

Visit a quieter trail in the Dungeness network -- one that a lot of folks skip in favor of more well-known trails with more views. But Lower Gray Wolf is beautiful in its own right, and visitors here can discover it for themselves. Continue reading

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal
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Length

8.4 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 1500 ft.

Rating

3.69 out of 5

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  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA worked here in 2012!

Visit a quieter trail in the Dungeness network -- one that a lot of folks skip in favor of more well-known trails with more views. But Lower Gray Wolf is beautiful in its own right, and visitors here can discover it for themselves.

From the tiny trailhead, head downhill immediately, dropping to the river that the trail is named for. Because it's in a river valley, this trail can be quite muddy, so be aware and watch your step. At the riverside, enjoy graveled beaches before the trail begins climbing up and away from the river.

After a traverse through the forest, return to the river and arrive at a campsite. This makes a good lunch or snack spot if you need it before continuing on. Once again, head up and away from the river, enjoying the signature deep moss and silence.

The trail is well kept, meandering through the forest, returning to the river intermittently. After your third reunion with the river, the trail begins to climb away from it yet again, only to end abruptly. You can see the washout and part of an old bridge on the other side, but it's not recommended to cross it.

Turn around the way you came, enjoying the riverside ramble from a different angle. 

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Lower Gray Wolf River

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.9670, -123.1274 Open in Google Maps

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

Gray Wolf River (#834)

Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness

Buy the Green Trails Tyler Peak No. 136 map

Getting There

From Highway 101, turn south onto Palo Alto Road. Continue on Palo Alto Road for 8 miles until you reach a junction with NF-2880. Take a right onto NF-2880 and continue for 1.8 miles. Take a right as NF-2880 forks. Continue for about 0.7 miles and then keep right as the road merges with NF-2870. Continue for another 0.4 miles until you reach a hairpin turn with a small pullout on the left-hand side. There is room for three cars here.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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