Trails for everyone, forever

Home Go Hiking Hiking Guide West Fork Humptulips River

West Fork Humptulips River

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia
47.4572, -123.7318 Map & Directions
Length
17.0 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
700 feet
Highest Point
1000 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
Huge trees and their moss hangings are a central part of a hike at West Fork Humptulips. Photo by Owen Vogali.
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

The entire West Fork Humptulips trail is 17 miles long. As such, it offers access to several other trails in the area, long riverside rambles, and a multi-day beginner backpacking option. Continue reading

Rating
2.14 out of 5

(7 votes) Log in to rate

Hiking West Fork Humptulips River

The entire West Fork Humptulips trail is 17 miles long. As such, it offers access to several other trails in the area, long riverside rambles, and a multi-day beginner backpacking option.

This trail follows the river within a remote valley defined by the soaring pinnacles of peaks in the Colonel Bob Wilderness to the west and Stovepipe and Moonlight Dome peaks to the east. The trail fords the river multiple times and hikers should use extreme caution when crossing; there are no footbridges.

The lower half of the West Fork Humptulips trail is nearly 8 miles long. From the trailhead, it follows the river over a moderate grade to a junction with Lower Pete's Creek Trail. Your route meanders under dense, dark old-growth forest and open meadows that border the river in this section. 

The junction with Lower Pete's Creek Trail marks roughly the halfway point. From there, the trail heads roughly northeast to the Campbell Tree Grove, climbing from there through more densely-grown old-growth forest before crossing Forest Service road 2204 and arriving finally at Humpnoochee Pass

WTA worked here in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011!

Hike Description Written by
Multiple authors contributed to this report, WTA Community

West Fork Humptulips River

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4572, -123.7318 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

See weather forecast

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Aberdeen, take Highway 101 North for 25 miles to Forest Service Road 22/Donkey Creek Road. Turn right on the Donkey Creek Road and drive 8 miles to the junction with Forest Service Road 2204. Turn left onto FS 2204 and drive 17 miles to the Upper West Fork Humptulips Trailhead.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

West Fork Humptulips River (#806)

Olympic National Forest, Pacific Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Custom Correct Quinault-Colonel Bob; Contact: Olympic National Forest

Buy the Green Trails Grisdalei No. 198 map

You can improve or add to this guidebook entry

West Fork Humptulips River

22 Trip Reports

Hiked here recently?

Submit a trip report!
 
Trip Reports