Dungeness - Marmot Pass Loop Backpacking

Sequim, Washington

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When Olympic National Park was established in 1938, its boundaries were rather arbitrary, usually following neither recognizable natural features nor any other discernable pattern. As a result, some of the region’s most spectacular wildlands, which should logically have been included in the park, were left out of the protected zone. One such area is now preserved in the Buckhorn Wilderness, which abuts the northeast boundary of the national park. Here the traveler will discover spectacular alpine ridges, rugged peaks, clear streams, acres of wildflowers, and superb views that are nearly the equal of anything in the park itself. Unlike in the park, however, here the hiker will encounter fewer restrictions on travel, can obtain a permit for free, and generally see fewer people. This loop explores the best of this wilderness and includes a terrific side trip to even more wonders just over the border in Olympic National Park.
Backpacking Washington

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Backpacking Washington

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

When Olympic National Park was established in 1938, its boundaries were rather arbitrary, usually following neither recognizable natural features nor any other discernable pattern. As a result, some of the region’s most spectacular wildlands, which should logically have been included in the park, were left out of the protected zone.

One such area is now preserved in the Buckhorn Wilderness, which abuts the northeast boundary of the national park. Here the traveler will discover spectacular alpine ridges, rugged peaks, clear streams, acres of wildflowers, and superb views that are nearly the equal of anything in the park itself. Unlike in the park, however, here the hiker will encounter fewer restrictions on travel, can obtain a permit for free, and generally see fewer people. This loop explores the best of this wilderness and includes a terrific side trip to even more wonders just over the border in Olympic National Park.

©  Douglas Lorain/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Sequim
Distance: 27
Elevation Gain: 6,200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-4 days
Season: Usually open mid-July to mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 2,600 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park, permit required for backcountry camping
Local Maps: Custom Correct Map - Buckhorn Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Dungeness - Marmot Pass Loop (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

7/23/2009
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This was an awesome hike! I took the trail to Home Lake (full of brook trout) and a side trip to Charlia Lakes. The views were incredible. I did not go to see the plane wreck above the Tubal Cain mine but everyone I ran into on the trail said it was awesome.


6/25/2007
0

We were advised by the Forest Ranger that a critical bridge was damaged and unpassable, therefore, we changed our route to Royal Lake.



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