Marmot Pass

Port Townsend, Washington

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This hike offers an argument against those who thought that all the deep, mossy-green rainforests were on the west side of the Olympic range. The trail follows the Big Quilcene River through a deep, ancient forest filled with towering firs and hemlocks, many bearded with drooping mosses and lichens. Later, the trail climbs into drier, thinner forests and eventually reaches high into the alpine world of heather meadows and rocky peaks. Dogs will love the lower route because it dances over many small streams and frequently drops close to the main river, affording canines ample opportunities to slip into the cold waters for a refreshing dip.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

This hike offers an argument against those who thought that all the deep, mossy-green rainforests were on the west side of the Olympic range. The trail follows the Big Quilcene River through a deep, ancient forest filled with towering firs and hemlocks, many bearded with drooping mosses and lichens.

Later, the trail climbs into drier, thinner forests and eventually reaches high into the alpine world of heather meadows and rocky peaks. Dogs will love the lower route because it dances over many small streams and frequently drops close to the main river, affording canines ample opportunities to slip into the cold waters for a refreshing dip.

© 2010 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Port Townsend
Distance: 11
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 8 hours (day hike or backpacking trip)
Season: July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails Tyler Peak No. 136
Driving Directions: Directions to Marmot Pass

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Apr 2018