Tunnel Creek

Quilcene, Washington

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Located within the 44,000-acre Buckhorn Wilderness, Tunnel Creek is one of the quietest trails in the Olympic rain shadow. Perhaps because it doesn’t lead to a major lake or peak, this trail escapes the attention of many goal-driven hikers. For nearly 3 miles, delightful Trail No. 841 follows the South Fork Tunnel Creek through towering old-growth hemlocks and firs. This hike is perfect on a misty morning or a sweltering afternoon, as the ancient trees do a good job of regulating the temperature, keeping you either warm or cool. At 3.3 miles, come to the restored Tunnel Creek Shelter (elev. 3900 ft), a good destination for a shorter hike.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Located within the 44,000-acre Buckhorn Wilderness, Tunnel Creek is one of the quietest trails in the Olympic rain shadow. Perhaps because it doesn’t lead to a major lake or peak, this trail escapes the attention of many goal-driven hikers.

For nearly 3 miles, delightful Trail No. 841 follows the South Fork Tunnel Creek through towering old-growth hemlocks and firs. This hike is perfect on a misty morning or a sweltering afternoon, as the ancient trees do a good job of regulating the temperature, keeping you either warm or cool. At 3.3 miles, come to the restored Tunnel Creek Shelter (elev. 3900 ft), a good destination for a shorter hike.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Quilcene
Distance: 9.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,650 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: April to November
Features: Views
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene
Local Maps: Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S, Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Tunnel Creek

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