Marmot Pass

Quilcene, Washington

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Hike to Marmot Pass, a high portal into the Olympic rain shadow, where sunbeams often kiss the flowered ground while nearby ridges swirl with clouds. Towering old-growth forest, a pristine tumbling river, resplendent alpine meadows, and a fortress of majestic, snow-clad, craggy spires greet you along the way.
100 Classic Hikes Washington

DESCRIPTION FROM:

100 Classic Hikes Washington

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Hike to Marmot Pass, a high portal into the Olympic rain shadow, where sunbeams often
kiss the flowered ground while nearby ridges swirl with clouds. Towering old-growth forest, a pristine tumbling river, resplendent alpine meadows, and a fortress of majestic, snow-clad, craggy
spires greet you along the way.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Quilcene
Distance: 10.6
Elevation Gain: 3,450 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Best July through November
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Olympic NF, Hood Canal District, Quilcene
Local Maps: Green Trails, Olympic Mountains East No. 168S; Custom Correct, Buckhorn Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Marmot Pass

Recent Trail Reviews

7/28/2007
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It is said that this trail is located in rain shadow belt which proved to be true for us. It was raining quite hard most of our way from Kingston but the clouds cleared suddenly as soon as we hit Quilcene and the trailhead welcomed us with blue sky and plenty of sunshine. The trail led us through an old growth forest first along a pleasantly bubbling creek. We had to cross the stream several times but all of the crossings were safe at this time of the year and relatively easy. Once we got out of the forest the trail proceeded along the valley letting us enjoy more and more magnificent views. For some the elevation gain of 3500 ft might be discouraging but since it is spread gradually along the whole length it is not as bad as it sounds. There is a lot to see along the trail so that the miles go by fast. The only let down we experienced was lack of Marmots. As the name and description in hiking book suggests there should be ample of them whistling around, yet we did not see a single one. But if you’re looking for beautiful views then I would I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this trail.



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