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Graves Creek

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast
47.5728, -123.5699 Map & Directions
Length
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1500 feet
Highest Point
1880 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
The ever green Graves Creek trail. Photo by Ed Hunds.
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

The Graves Creek primitive trail provides access to old growth forests high above the Quinault River Valley and solitude compared to the high use trails along the Quinault River. Expect glimpses of waterfalls across the gorge in spring and signs of wild-life including bear, deer, and elk. Continue reading

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Hiking Graves Creek

The Graves Creek primitive trail provides access to old growth forests high above the Quinault River Valley and solitude compared to the high use trails along the Quinault River. Expect glimpses of waterfalls across the gorge in spring and signs of wild-life including cougar, deer, and elk.

Start your hike at the Graves Creek trailhead, and immediately cross Graves Creek on a high bridge. 200 feet later come to a signed junction. Take the trail uphill to your right, climbing away from the creek for 0.3 miles on a series of switchbacks to a forested bench. Graves Creek, which can be heard but not seen at this point, flows rather swiftly through the bottom of a steep sided gorge and is paralleled by the trail from well above.

At 1.1 miles a creek cascading down the far side of the gorge can be seen through the trees. The trail gains elevation gradually and crosses a number of steep creeks through a rich forest dominated by hemlock, cedar, and fir. The trail descends to the level of Graves Creek in a deep shady gorge and crosses it 3.7 miles from the trailhead, just below the convergence with Success Creek. This makes a good place to relax by the cool stream and is a nice turnaround point for day hikers.

Extend Your Hike: Those looking for more miles or who are backpacking can cross Success Creek where an orange marker on a stump marks the continuation of the trail. The ford is not bridged and may be deep and swift in spring and early summer. Continuing uphill for 2.5 more miles and 800 vertical feet, visitors arrive at a junction with the Wynoochee Trail and the beginnings of sub-alpine meadows.

WTA worked here in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2015, 2014 and 2012!

Hike Description Written by
Kyle Pomraning, WTA Correspondent

Graves Creek

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5728, -123.5699 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

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 Hoquiam, drive north on Highway 101 for 35 miles and one mile south of Amanda Park, turn east onto South Shore Road. Follow the South Shore road for 7.7 paved miles then another 4.9 gravel miles to a junction at the Quinault River Bridge. Continue right for 6 more gravel miles to the Graves Creek trailhead parking area at the end of the road. A pit toilet and room for about 20 vehicles is available. Trailers are not advised.

Stop by the Quinault Ranger station 2.2 miles east of Highway 101 on the South Shore Road for up to date trail and road conditions.

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Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

Olympic National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Custom Correct Enchanted Valley-Skokomish

Buy the Green Trails Mt Christie No. 166 map

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