Upper Big Quilcene Trail

Hood Canal Ranger District

8:30AM - 3:30PM
Tue, Jul 30, 2013

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Photo by Climbear.

Olympic Peninsula. This trail begins in an old growth fir forest, dotted with wonderful blobs of pink early in the summer, when rhododendrons are full in bloom. This is in the Buckhorn wilderness, so we will remove downed trees using crosscut saws. When we finish removing all of the logs, we will move on to brushing and treadwork.

In the Buckhorn Wilderness on the eastern slope of the Olympic Mountains, this hiker/equestrian trail follows the river valley ascent to Marmot Pass. The trail begins in an old growth fir forest, dotted with wonderful blobs of pink early in the summer, when rhododendrons are full in bloom. The trail then climbs into alpine meadows, boulder fields and across avalanche chutes on its way up to beautiful views from 6000 ft up.

Driving directions:
From Quilcene drive US 101 south for 1.5 miles. (From Shelton follow US 101 north for 50.5 miles.) Turn right (west) onto Penny Creek Road. After 1.5 miles bear left onto Big Quilcene River Road (Forest Road 27). Drive 9.25 miles, turning left on FR 2750. Continue 4.75 miles to the trailhead.

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GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head


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