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Duckabush River

Day Work Party

Sat Jul 9, 2022: 8:30 AM — 3:30 PM

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Olympic Peninsula — East - Hood Canal

Crew Leader: Charlie Romine

Duckabush River trail. Photo by Mirek


The Duckabush River Trail is an icon and after a long snowy winter it is time to tackle annual maintenance tasks for this trail.  Help us keep one of the most popular trails in the Olympic Mountains in great shape for all users.

About the Area

Hikers will find themselves at O'Neil Pass after 20 miles. Starting on an old logging road and climbing to Little Hump, the trail finally leaves the road and enters The Brothers Wilderness at about one mile. After descending Little Hump, it follows the river for about 1.5 miles and then climbs Big Hump. The switchbacks through Big Hump are spectacular. Beyond Big Hump, old-growth dominates the forest. The trail is a great early season trip with its starting elevation of 500 feet.

What to Expect

We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference! No experience is necessary.

Project Description

We will be focusing on annual maintenance for this trip.  We need to clean drainage, work to improve a couple of stream crossings, install some check steps to prevent erosion, and rebuild several sections of tread.  And as always there may be some brushing to perform.

Hiking Information

Our hike to the project site will be up to 4 miles roundtrip on a steady moderate uphill grade.  Elevation gain is a maximum of 520 feet. 


  • 8:30 AM: Be ready to sign in and meet the crew, rain or shine
  • 8:35 AM: Gather for a safety briefing, then hike to the project site
  • Morning: Work at your own pace, and take breaks throughout the day
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch on the trail
  • Afternoon: Consider trying a new task before wrapping up the day's work
  • 3:30 PM: Sign out after enjoying refreshments at the trailhead

For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Planning Information

Get ready for a great day outside!

What it Takes to Do This Work Party

  • No experience is necessary—just bring a great attitude for working with a team! WTA provides the training and tools you need
  • Expect to be physically active at your own pace for up to 6 hours on uneven terrain
  • Recommended for ages 10 and older; under 14 must be accompanied by an adult and a parental consent form must be signed for anyone under 18

What to Wear

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)

A hard hat will be provided by WTA. For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed.

What to Bring

  • Lunch and plenty of water
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Extra warm clothing in case of wet or cold weather
  • A pack to carry your personal gear
  • A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!

Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

More Information

From the Hiking Guide

See what WTA's hiking guide and trip reports say about this area.



Leave Highway 101 0.2 miles north of the Duckabush River bridge on the Duckabush River Road which at 3.7 miles turns into Forest Road 2510. At 6 miles from 101 there is a sign for a horse parking area on the right.  Go just past this parking area and bear right and uphill onto Forest Road 2510 (060) (not well signed) and find the trailhead in 0.1 mile. The turn from Highway 101 is about 22 miles north of Hoodsport and 16 miles south of Quilcene.

Note: Please follow the written directions above instead of using a GPS device. This will ensure that you get to the correct meeting location for this work party. The location of the pinpoint below is only approximate.

Getting to WTA work parties can involve travel on rough, unpaved roads in areas without cellular service and without street addresses that can be accurately used by navigation devices. Unless specifically noted otherwise, routes can generally be traveled by all types of vehicles. Volunteers with limited experience driving on unpaved mountain roads may want to allow extra time, beyond what is recommended in the directions above, to get to the meeting location.

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