Located deep within the old-growth forests of Olympic National Park
and twelve miles up a hiking
trail, the North Fork Quinault Gorge is a true wilderness run.
Although the 3 mile gorge section ends at Kimata Creek, paddlers
can continue on down through 9 more miles of class II whitewater to
reach the North Fork trailhead.
Check out the North Fork Quinault Gorge page on Jason Rackley's site. There are
several photos along with a good description that includes the logistics.
Lat/long listed below are very approximate.
During the floods last October the entire river changed. Everything is still clean, but none of the big rapids are the same as they have been in previous years.
Memo and supporting documents on rivers eligible for Wild and Scenic designation within Olympic National Park
Look for summer flows of
700-1000 cfs on the Quinault
gauge. See the Oregon Kayaking
site (link below) for additional
information on flows.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
looking back at the bottom of the glowing wall
looking back at the bottom of Murphy Bed
Murphy Bed part 2
Murphy Bed part 1
Paul, 1st drop NF Quinault
1st drop of NF Quinault
Paul Runs Murphy Bed
Oliver Finishes Murphy Bed
In the gorge
Brad entering Murphy Bed
North Fork Quinalt
1st Part of Murphy Bed
2nd Part of Murphy Bed
The Glowing Wall
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