Lower Big Quilcene River

Quilcene, Washington

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Big Quilcene River Trail No. 833.1 to Marmot Pass (Hike 53) is one of the most popular trails in Olympic National Forest. What many hikers don’t realize is that it was once twice as long. The road to the trailhead severed it in two. But the entire trail still exists, the eastern 6.5 miles are now known as the Lower Big Quilcene River Trail. Much of the route runs through a rugged canyon cloaked in patches of primeval forest—a perfect destination when clouds cloak the upper trail.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Big Quilcene River Trail No. 833.1 to Marmot Pass (Hike 53) is one of the most popular trails in Olympic National Forest. What many hikers don’t realize is that it was once twice as long. The road to the trailhead severed it in two.

But the entire trail still exists, the eastern 6.5 miles are now known as the Lower Big Quilcene River Trail. Much of the route runs through a rugged canyon cloaked in patches of primeval forest—a perfect destination when clouds cloak the upper trail.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Quilcene
Distance: 10.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Vehicles: Motorbikes
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: April to November
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 Lower Big Quilcene River

Recent Trail Reviews

1/17/2014
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Easy, clearly marked directions to trailhead. Nicely maintained trail from TH to Bark Shanty, a bit of debris further on to Camp Jolley and a bit more from Camp Jolley to Ten Mile. Clear to Bark Shanty, a couple of spots of corn snow and ice to Camp Jolley. Camp Jolley itself was covered in about 1/2" of crusty snow - had to continue hiking to bridge just shy of Ten Mile shelter to find a clear spot to take a break. Very shady - more of a forest hike, although there were some nice photo ops at the 4 bridges. In summer, Bark Shanty would make a nice camp spot for an intro to backpacking trip - more open with more camp spaces than Camp Jolley.



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