Tunnel Creek

Quilcene, Washington

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This is a day hike or short backpack 7.8 miles round-trip to Harrison Lake, or 7.7 miles one-way to the Dosewallips Valley. This trail climbs over a subalpine ridge in the southern lobe of the Buckhorn Wilderness. Tiny Harrison Lake sits atop the ridge, and there are fine views of the surrounding country. The hike is not difficult when approached from the north, but from the south it presents one of the longest sustained grades in the Olympics. The trail begins by ascending the wooded ravine of Tunnel Creek. This forest rivulet splashes through mossy logjams as the path climbs in spurts beside it.
Hiking Olympic National Park

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Hiking Olympic National Park

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This is a day hike or short backpack 7.8 miles round-trip to Harrison Lake, or 7.7 miles one-way to the Dosewallips Valley.

This trail climbs over a subalpine ridge in the southern lobe of the Buckhorn Wilderness. Tiny Harrison Lake sits atop the ridge, and there are fine views of the surrounding country. The hike is not difficult when approached from the north, but from the south it presents one of the longest sustained grades in the Olympics.

The trail begins by ascending the wooded ravine of Tunnel Creek. This forest rivulet splashes through mossy logjams as the path climbs in spurts beside it.

© 2015 Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Quilcene
Distance: 7.8
Elevation Gain: 2,550 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Late June to mid-October
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: USGS Mount Townsend, Mount Jupiter; Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Tunnel Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

12/12/2011
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Love this trail. The best access point is from the Quilcene side and not the Dosewallips. The view at 5050 pass is spectacular. You can almost reach out and touch Mt. Constance.


7/21/2008
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7/4/2000
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High Dose Bridge has been destroyed by heavy snowfall. Do Not attempt to cross.



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