Notch Pass and Quilcene Ridge Trail

Quilcene, Washington

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Retrace an old Native American route through a tight pass high on Quilcene Ridge. 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 walk back into time.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Retrace an old Native American route through a tight pass high on Quilcene Ridge. 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 walk back into time.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Quilcene
Distance: 8.6
Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: April to November
Trailhead Elevation: 500 feet
Top Elevation: 2,500 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Olympic National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mount Walker
Topo Map: Notch Pass and Quilcene Ridge Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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