Gatton Creek Trail #888


Quinault National Recreation Trail System Vicinity Map

Quinault National Recreation Trail System vicinity map.


Gatton Creek Trail Loop

This 0.5 mile trail begins at Gatton Creek Trailhead on South Shore Road just across from Gatton Creek Campground which is on Lake Quinault.

From the trailhead the trail travels southeast following Gatton Creek to Gatton Creek Falls and links up to the Quinault National Recreation Trail System. This trail allows continuous access from the Lake Quinault Lodge to the Rain Forest Village.

Combine two Gatton Creek Trails to make a loop (#888 and #854.2). You won't be disappointed with this 3 mile loop through old growth forest, water-falls, moss, ferns, nurse logs, and champion Douglas Fir Trees. The trail can be very muddy during rainy season. To complete the loop you must walk the road the last 1/2 mile. 

For quicker access to the falls, drive the dirt road of "Wrights Canyon Road" and walk the 0.3 miles to the bridge and falls.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Maintained year-round. This trail allows continuous trail access from the Lake Quinault Lodge to the Rain Forest Village.
Restrictions: Closed to mountain bikes and motorized vehicles
Closest Towns: Aberdeen, WA
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Pacific Ranger District, Quinault office

General Information


Access this trail from Gatton Creek Trailhead on South Shore Road.

Photos from along the trail:

Gatton Creek Trail travels through temperate rainforest and greenery Upper Gatton Creek along the loop trail

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