Ranger Hole Trail

Quilcene, Washington

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Two trails here will appeal to children—one with a historic ranger’s cabin and signs telling about life in the early 1900s, and another leading to an overlook of a loud white-water rapid of the Duckabush River. Children will see the first ranger station in the Olympic Forest, housed in a structure built by Emory Finch for his bride, Maybelle, in 1906. A square three-room cabin with a pyramidal roof, it later was a Depressionera WPA and CCC station, and then a fire guard station; today it is available for rent by families. The interpretive signs on the Interrorem Nature Trail No. 804 tell about life here in the early days. Ranger Hole Trail No. 824 leads down through old second-growth forest to the ranger’s private steelhead fishing hole and the beautiful Duckabush River.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Two trails here will appeal to children—one with a historic ranger’s cabin and signs telling about life in the early 1900s, and another leading to an overlook of a loud white-water rapid of the Duckabush River. Children will see the first ranger station in the Olympic Forest, housed in a structure built by Emory Finch for his bride, Maybelle, in 1906.

A square three-room cabin with a pyramidal roof, it later was a Depressionera WPA and CCC station, and then a fire guard station; today it is available for rent by families. The interpretive signs on the Interrorem Nature Trail No. 804 tell about life here in the early days. Ranger Hole Trail No. 824 leads down through old second-growth forest to the ranger’s private steelhead fishing hole and the beautiful Duckabush River.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Quilcene
Distance: 1.6
Elevation Gain: 119 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 319 feet
Top Elevation: 438 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 168 The Brothers; USGS The Brothers
Driving Directions: Directions to Ranger Hole Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/15/2009
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This is listed as a "Kid's Hike" and, while short in length, there are a couple of parts that are quite steep with loose footing. Very young children and anyone with an infirmity will find these challenging. Also I would emphasize the need to hang onto young kids at the pool and rapids overlook. There are no rails and some of the mossy rocks are slippery. Overall a nice short hike with some great forest views. The newer Murhut Falls trail in the same area is, in my opinion, a better hike for young children.



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