Marmot Pass via Big Quilcene Trail

Quilcene, Washington

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It’s been said that the Garden of Eden is in Mesopotamia, but many hikers believe it can be found on the trail to Marmot Pass. However, if you live in the greater Seattle area, getting an early start is critical for this hike. Whether you drive around or take a ferry, plan on a long day. The trail is situated in the Buckhorn Wilderness and features some of the best scenery and flowers the Olympics have to offer. For the best flowers, July may be the best bet. When I was there in early August, many of the flowers were already going to seed.
Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

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Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

It’s been said that the Garden of Eden is in Mesopotamia, but many hikers believe it can be found on the trail to Marmot Pass. However, if you live in the greater Seattle area, getting an early start is critical for this hike.

Whether you drive around or take a ferry, plan on a long day. The trail is situated in the Buckhorn Wilderness and features some of the best scenery and flowers the Olympics have to offer. For the best flowers, July may be the best bet. When I was there in early August, many of the flowers were already going to seed.

© 2004 Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Quilcene
Distance: 10.5
Elevation Gain: 3,590 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Hikable: Late June through October, Best flowers: Late June through August
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center
Driving Directions: Directions to Marmot Pass via Big Quilcene Trail

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