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The trail through the West Fork Dosewallips River valley leads ten and a half miles westward from the Main Fork Dosewallips River to the summit of Anderson Pass.

This trail follows the Main Fork of the Dosewallips River one and a half miles to the Dose Forks where it turns to follow the West Fork Dosewallips River. From here the trail follows the West Fork nine miles southwestward to its headwaters at Anderson Pass. Along the route are lowland forests, montane forests and subalpine meadows and forests. The track ascends at a moderate grade gaining only 2,865 feet in ten and a half miles.

Begin this route by walking northwestward from Dosewallips Ranger Station. A short distance from the ranger station the trail splits. The left side of the fork follows the Terrace Trail, which leads along a high terrace above the river. This trail eventually leads back to the main route. The main trail in the mean time crosses Pass Creek ascending 165 feet. After the two trails merge the route continues along the eastern bank of the river to Dose Forks. At this junction the trail leading to the left is the West Fork Dosewallips Trail. Follow this trail as it descends to Dose Forks Camp then crosses a bridge to the southern bank of the Dosewallips River. Beyond this crossing the trail leads westward then turns northward and crosses the West Fork Dosewallips River. Once on the northern side of the West Fork the trail turns westward and begins ascending quickly as it parallels the river. Less than a mile from the crossing hikers can look across the river and see Hungry Creek emptying into the West Fork from the eastern ridge of Mt. Elk Lick. Immediately west of this viewpoint the trail begins a half mile descent to Big Timber Camp. This camp consists of 11 designated sites and a pit toilet.

Beyond Big Timber Camp the trail continues to ascend, but more gently. In two miles it reaches a small stream and crosses it to enter Diamond Meadows. On the western bank of this small stream descending from Diamond Mountain is an opening in the old growth conifer forest that dominates this area. There are several good campsites in this wooded area by the confluence of Elk Lick Creek and the West Fork. A pit toilet is maintained at this site.

Walking west from Diamond Meadows the trail crosses the West Fork and ascends as the valley narrows. The trail climbs 650 feet in the next mile and a half before crossing the river again. On the northern bank of the river the trail enters Honeymoon Meadows, which lies at 3,525 feet. At the western fringe of the meadows the trail forks with the La Crosse Pass Trail leading southward from the West Fork Dosewallips Trail. Follow the right side of the trail.

Beyond Honeymoon Meadows the track ascends steeply for one mile to Anderson Pass. At the pass the views include Enchanted Valley, to the west, Mt. Elk Lick, to the southeast, and Mt. Anderson to the north. At the pass summit a trail leads northward, ascending very steeply, to an overlook of the Anderson Glacier. This trail is less than one mile long, but gains 750 feet. Individuals wishing to continue can walk westward into the Quinault River drainage.

Directions: From Brinnon, Drive north on Highway 101 to Dosewallips River Road, number 2610. Turn westward (left) on to Dosewallips River Road and travel 15 miles to the ranger station and trailhead. The last portion of the road is narrow and steep. It may be slippery when wet.

Elevation: 1,640 feet

Ending Elevation: 4,464 feet

Usage: Heavy in Summer

Difficulty: Moderate

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