The day after our epic West Fork Humptulips hike, Craig and I headed over to the Queets River valley to see about hiking the Queets River Trail up to the old Smith place. I wasn't really sure what I was in for since I had never forded a river as large as the Queets before but it turned out to be a lot easier than I thought it would be and we ended up fording it 4 times. I admit that I was nervous crossing it the first time. As far as difficulty fording the river, it probably helped that we were in a serious drought year. The Queets can be difficult to cross if it is flowing strong. I don't have a lot to say about this hike other than the trail was in great shape and very flat. Easy miles to be had here, at least the portion we hiked. Some really nice old growth and very green and lush. It is a rain forest after all. I recorded that we did close to 15 miles, but after the messing around with the fords and exploring the Smith Place, it was probably closer to 13 or 14 miles.
Oh, almost forgot to mention the big Paradise Fire was going on further up in the valley. The Park Service had the trail closed at Bob Creek but we would only be covering about half that trail distance. We were lucky with the wind direction and had no smoke to deal with.