Quilcene Ridge and Notch Pass

Quilcene, Washington

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Through a pass high on Quilcene Ridge, retrace an ancient Native American route. In the 1930s, Roosevelt’s Tree Army—the Civilian Conservation Corps—constructed a good trail over the centuries-old route. By the 1960s, however, the trail was abandoned. Then in the 1990s, a Forest Service wilderness crew, the Quilcene Ranger Corps, and a Washington Trails Association work party restored and reopened it. The way is steep, and there aren’t many views, but a hike through Notch Pass is a quiet walk back in time.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Through a pass high on Quilcene Ridge, retrace an ancient Native American route. In the 1930s, Roosevelt’s Tree Army—the Civilian Conservation Corps—constructed a good trail over the centuries-old route. By the 1960s, however, the trail was abandoned.

Then in the 1990s, a Forest Service wilderness crew, the Quilcene Ranger Corps, and a Washington Trails Association work party restored and reopened it. The way is steep, and there aren’t many views, but a hike through Notch Pass is a quiet walk back in time.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Quilcene
Distance: 8.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: April to November
Features: Wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene
Local Maps: Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
Driving Directions: Directions to Quilcene Ridge and Notch Pass

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