The entire West Fork Humptulips trail is 17 miles long. As such, it offers access to several other trails in the area, long riverside rambles, and a multi-day beginner backpacking option.
This trail follows the river within a remote valley defined by the soaring pinnacles of peaks in the Colonel Bob Wilderness to the west and Stovepipe and Moonlight Dome peaks to the east. The trail fords the river multiple times and hikers should use extreme caution when crossing; there are no footbridges.
The lower half of the West Fork Humptulips trail is nearly 8 miles long. From the trailhead, it follows the river over a moderate grade to a junction with Lower Pete's Creek Trail. Your route meanders under dense, dark old-growth forest and open meadows that border the river in this section.
The junction with Lower Pete's Creek Trail marks roughly the halfway point. From there, the trail heads roughly northeast to the Campbell Tree Grove, climbing from there through more densely-grown old-growth forest before crossing Forest Service road 2204 and arriving finally at Humpnoochee Pass.