Camp Creek Olympic Discovery Trailhead

Area Status: Open

This site provides western access to the Olympic Discovery Trail that parallels the winding course of the Sol Duc River. It is a dog-friendly trail that is also open to touring bikes, mountain bikes, stock, wheelchairs, and hikers. The trail follows the original Spruce Division Railroad Grade east for about six miles. This six miles section of trail also passes through 100 year old temperate forest stands of western hemlock and giant sword ferns.

Historic area: In 1916, due to World War I, the Spruce railroad was initiated to harvest the giant spruce in the Sol Duc Valley. The properties of the wood from these giants made it suitable for airplanes, created for the war. At the turn of the century, much of the surrounding lands were early homesteads.

Along this trail segment, near Camp Creek, is the start of the great 1951 Forks Fire. The fire burned over 30,000 acres from this railroad grade into Forks in less than eight hours.

Amenities iclude: An accessible vault toilet, picnic tables, two stock trailer parking pads, a hitching post and a short stock trail on the north end of the trailhead to access the Olympic Discovery Trail.   

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Cooper-Ranch road is currently closed for construction to replace a culvert. While Camp Creek Trailhead can still be accessed, the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) is re-routed to follow Highway 101 between Cooper-Ranch road and Mary Clark road. Please use caution while following the ODT re-route as there is ongoing construction on Highway 101 throughout the summer. The closure is in place from August 22 to October 17, 2022.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Forks, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1). Accessible.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Pacific Ranger District, Forks office

General Information


From Forks, WA travel north on US Highway 101 for 20 miles to Milepost 212. Turn right on Cooper Ranch Road. The trailhead will be on your left. 

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