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Elip Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.5 (2)

Rising from the rainforest to the ridges, this trail is steep and gets you to incredible views.


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3.9

Miles

6.3

KM

61%

Runnable

3,780' 1,152 m

High

1,055' 322 m

Low

2,846' 867 m

Up

121' 37 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

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Features Views · Wildlife

Will be difficult to access during and after heavy rains, as getting to the trailhead requires a ford of Elip Creek.

Runner Notes

This is best done as a descent from the Skyline Trail instead of a gain from the North Fork Quinault River Trail. The steepness and constant downfall make running uphill tough. Also, be noisy while running as the area is known for heavy black bear activity.

Description

Rising from the North Fork of the Quinault River, the Elip Creek Trail meets the Skyline Trail in just under four short and steep miles. Starting at the North Fork Quinault River Trail, the path does nothing but rise in elevation, weaving through majestic trees and ferns before eventually tapering off. Once the steepness is mostly done, the path becomes wide, passing ponds of all shapes and sizes. Off in the distance, the Quinault Rainforest expands beneath you as you get closer to the junction with the Skyline Trail.

The Elip Creek Trail is best done heading downhill at the end of a loop from Irely Lake and Skyline Trails. Few actually use the trail to travel up. If you do head uphill, this location will offer solitude in the busiest of summer days, and makes for a unique experience in the Quinault Rainforest.

Flora & Fauna

In the snow-free months, this area is heavily visited by black bears and deer, so keep your eyes and ears on alert. The majority of the trail is in a thick forest comprised of spruce, cedar and fir trees, while ferns and mushrooms dot the slanted slopes.

Contacts

Shared By:

Doug Scott

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  3.5 from 2 votes

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  3.5 from 2 votes
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Heading down the Elip Creek Trail to the North Fork of the Quinault River.
Jan 21, 2016 near Seabeck, WA
Morning near the start of the Elip Creek Trail.
Jan 21, 2016 near Seabeck, WA

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