Duckabush River Trail

Quilcene, Washington

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Two previous users of Duckabush valley have left us evidence of their passing. Ask children to look for glacially deposited moss-covered boulders left by the Duckabush Glacier during the last Ice Age. Thousands of years later, an old logging railroad early in the twentieth century was used here to drag out huge cut-down trees. Rusty logging cables and a few old rails lie beside the trail to tell their tale. Children can still find and touch them. The first 2½ miles of this trail are gentle enough for children, and are lush with forest ferns, moss, flowers, and berries. Rainfall here is 140 inches a year, so you can see why the understory is so much like that of the rainforest.
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 previous users of Duckabush valley have left us evidence of their passing. Ask children to look for glacially deposited moss-covered boulders left by the Duckabush Glacier during the last Ice Age. Thousands of years later, an old logging railroad early in the twentieth century was used here to drag out huge cut-down trees.

Rusty logging cables and a few old rails lie beside the trail to tell their tale. Children can still find and touch them. The first 2½ miles of this trail are gentle enough for children, and are lush with forest ferns, moss, flowers, and berries. Rainfall here is 140 inches a year, so you can see why the understory is so much like that of the rainforest.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Quilcene
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 430 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 270 feet
Top Elevation: 700 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 168 The Brothers; USGS The Brothers
Driving Directions: Directions to Duckabush River Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/6/2008
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Amazing forest trail up to alpine views if you keep going to Marmot and Lacrosse lakes. From the trailhead to the top of big hump and back would be a great day hike. From the top of big hump you get a great view of St. Peter's Cathedral.



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