United States Sams River Trail

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T. Kirkendall and V. Spring

About This Spot

Queets River Valley is seen by many to be the most beautiful and certainly the most pristine of all the rain forests in Olympic National Park. Few visit this area mainly due to the lack of bridges across Sams River and the Queets. Both rivers must be forded in order to reach the heart of this magnificent wilderness. Sams River trail is an alternative for those who arrive at the wrong time of year to ford the rivers or simply have too much sense to do so. Along this trail the vegetation is dense, creating an overgrown arbor festooned with long stringers of moss. Open areas, where settlers mistakenly tried to farm, are now grassy meadows and popular with deer and elk. (Note, Sams River trail may be flooded and impassible after prolonged rains.)

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