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Bogachiel River

Olympic Peninsula

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Hiked Jul 24, 2021

Type of Hike

Overnight

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition

Road

Road suitable for all vehicles

Bugs

Bugs were not too bad

Snow

Snow free

We did an overnight to the Bogachiel campsite about 7 miles in on a Saturday to Sunday. The trail is lovely and quiet, we only saw two other hiking groups the entire weekend. The forest is dense and beautiful with ferns and old growth. There’s no mud now and most of the creek beds we crossed were dry. There’s a brief uphill section with ropes about 3 miles in, but the trail was otherwise pretty flat. Bugs weren’t bad, we each got a bite or two from the flies right along the river, but I didn’t even use the bug spray I carried in. The first campsite is in the forest at about 6 miles in, just before the trail rejoins the river. The second campsite, where we stayed, is closer to 7 miles and right along the river. It was a bit difficult to find but was a beautiful spot large enough for two tents and it had a fire ring made of rocks, though there was a fire ban when we camped so we didn’t use it. We did a little swimming, and the river was cold and the current was flowing. The road was a bit confusing. Don’t follow google maps, use the WTA written directions or follow the signs to the bypass road. We made it fine after realizing there were signs. Such a nice trail and a great place to escape crowds for a quiet weekend in the forest!

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