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Nancyann
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PostThu Feb 16, 2017 10:00 pm 
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How interesting! No, we didn't stay at the State Park, which is north of the S. Bogachiel Rd., which appears turn into a trail that heads down towards Hell Roaring Creek and connects to the Hoh, in addition to being an old boat launch on the Bogachiel, which is where we crossed and picked up the official trail. Now my interest is piqued and I may have to pay bobbi a visit this spring to see if that crossing is still accessible..
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PostFri Feb 17, 2017 6:03 am 
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Seems like you started out on the south side of the river to get to where the trail was on the north side of the river. All the trail guide descrptions and when I visited have the trail start on the north side of the river on Undi Road.

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PostFri Feb 17, 2017 12:41 pm 
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Some of those houses on Undi Rd have been there since 1940, and the beginning of the trail (the mile in the NF) was a road at one time.  Used to be homesteads on that beginning stretch.  Maybe it just was just accepted to go in from the south and ford?  For the Queets you used to drive in along the north side with no ford, little parking lot there until the 80's.  Then they started making the access from the south and a ford required.

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PostSat Feb 25, 2017 12:59 pm 
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Sir-Hikes-A-Lot - excellent report. Nice to see captured the stark mid-winter white of the alders along the river.

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There seems to be some confusion in the exchange above.
The Queets River Road has always been on the south bank of the river. There was never a road on the north bank. The road was 13.2 miles in length up until about 2008 when they re-routed traffic through the "back door" road via the #21 (West Boundary) road.

In the 1930s and 1940s the Queets River road was about 100 yards longer than it is today.

As long as I can remember, the Undi road was the approach to the Bogachiel, and there was no ford required to get there - that's why my late (oldest) brother preferred the Bogachiel over the Queets, as his old knees couldn't deal with the ford or the continual ups and downs of the first couple miles of the Queets trail - the trail on the Bogachiel is pretty much flat for the first few miles.

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PostSat Feb 25, 2017 4:16 pm 
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Ski, it is good to see that another person remebers there being no ford at the Bogachiel trailhead. That's why I was trying to pin down Nancyann's description of the trailhead since her description of the Bogachiel trailhead didn't jive with what I've read and experienced in hiking the Bogachiel. Except for the shelter/buildings being a few miles in from the trailhead, what Nancyann describes still makes me think it was the Queets trailhead she was remembering.

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PostSat Feb 25, 2017 6:10 pm 
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Her descriptions really don't match either.

Bogachiel was always approached from Undi road, which is on the north bank of the river.
Road ends, you walk about 1.5 miles through NFS land, then enter NPS land where it becomes somewhat more heavily wooded.
Used to be some sort of structure up the trail a bit, but I believe it was gone before I ever went up there in the mid-1990s.
Shouldn't have been any ford necessary to access the Bogachiel Trail.

Queets River Road was always on the south bank. There was never a road on the north bank of the Queets. Ford was at the end of the road, 13.2 miles from Hwy 101 via the old route, just a bit farther from Hwy 101 via the #21 (West Boundary) road. Queets Ranger Station is approximately 1-1/4 mile west of the end of the road. There is a small campground at the end of the road. First "structure" would have been the Andrews Barn about 1.5 miles up the trail, which was (as near as Jacilee Wray and I were able to ascertain) flattened by a trail crew at some point between 1988-1990, so any remains of it would not have been visible unless you waded into that patch of Himalaya blackberry. Next structure up the trail was Spruce Bottom Shelter (5.0 miles), which was burned in 1970 (?), so its remains haven't been visible for over 40 years. Next structure would have been the remains of Smith Place, 6.0 miles from trailhead located on south bank of river, last set of photographs from 2016 shows it in a completely collapsed state - flat on the ground.

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