Gatton Creek Trail #888


Quinault National Recreation Trail System Vicinity Map

Quinault National Recreation Trail System vicinity map.

Area Status: Open
Gatton Creek Trail Loop

This 3 mile trail begins at the trailhead on South Shore Road just across from Gatton Creek Campground which is on Lake Quinault. 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. 

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.

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

To view all segments of the Quinault National Recreation Trail System explore the Quinault National Recreation Trail System interactive map

Gatton Creek Trail Loop Upper Gatton Creek along the loop trail Gatton Creek Trail travels through temperate rainforest and greenery Gatton Creek Day Use accessible parking and sign. Gatton Creek Campground and Day Use.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Use caution during heavy rains on higher elevation portions of trail.
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 in Quinault 2.5 miles from the Highway 101 turn off. 

From Aberdeen, WA travel north on US Highway 101 for  45 miles to the junction of the South Shore Road. Turn right (east) and proceed 2.8 miles and turn right at the entrance to the trailhead parking area. 


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