Queets Campground Olympic National Park

Queets River
Panorama of the Queets River.

This National Park campground has a lot of spectacular and secluded sites. Many of the sites are right up against the Queets river, all are surrounded by large trees that are covered in moss and other foliage. I was here for only one night in early May and was very lucky with the weather. It was mostly sunny and not a drop of rain.
All the sites have a picnic table and a fire ring. There are a couple pit toilets in the campground but no running water (other than the river!).
Most of the sites are large enough for a truck, van or small trailer. Anything over 20 feet would have a tough time getting into may sites and with the road in.
The hiking options from here can be limited. To hike along the river you first need to ford it at the trailhead a few hundred yards from the campground. Doing this anytime but late summer would be very difficult and cold. There is a shorter trail called Sams River Loop that starts just outside the campground. Its a couple miles long and winds through the forest, a couple meadows and along the river for a while.

Queets Campground


Queets Campground
My campsite at Queets Campground in Olympic National Park.

Getting there…

On some maps the Queets valley road will be shown to go all the way through to Queets Campground. On the official National Park Map to the left the Queets Valley Road is broken into two sections, most likely due to washouts. So the only way to get to the campground is to use route 21 which comes off hwy 101 to the south. There are a couple other forest roads to take to the campground but there are signs at each intersection letting you know which direction to go.
Pretty much any vehicle can handle these roads in dry conditions. If heavy rain is expected you might need AWD or a 4×4.
Make sure to check out the campground status page before you go!

Check out the video featuring a snacking slug!
Queets Campground campsite rainforest
Another great site in Queets Campground!
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