Marmot Pass

Quilcene, Washington

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If for some terrible reason you are only allowed one hike in the Olympics in your lifetime, this should be it. The trail to Marmot Pass captures the very essence of what makes the Olympics so special, and so darned pretty. Towering old growth, a tumbling pristine river, resplendent alpine meadows, and horizon-spanning views that include majestic snow-clad craggy spires are all part of this amazing hike. And it gets even better—being in the Olympic rain shadow, Marmot Pass is often kissed with sunbeams while nearby ridges swirl with clouds.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

If for some terrible reason you are only allowed one hike in the Olympics in your lifetime, this should be it. The trail to Marmot Pass captures the very essence of what makes the Olympics so special, and so darned pretty.

Towering old growth, a tumbling pristine river, resplendent alpine meadows, and horizon-spanning views that include majestic snow-clad craggy spires are all part of this amazing hike. And it gets even better—being in the Olympic rain shadow, Marmot Pass is often kissed with sunbeams while nearby ridges swirl with clouds.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Quilcene
Distance: 10.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,450 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: July to November
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Views, 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, Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Marmot Pass

Recent Trail Reviews

10/9/2009
0

Spectacular hike. Trail was great, though more people on it than I prefer. The views were grand.


9/26/2009
0

Should have started even earlier to get views of the Sound. The clouds moved in too fast. But the views of the Olympic range were spectacular!



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