Tunnel Creek Trail 841

Olympic National Forest, Washington

Distance4.1mi
Elevation Gain3,312ft
Trailhead Elevation2,412ft
Top5,022ft
Elevation Min/Max2412/5022ft
Elevation Start/End2412/2412ft

Tunnel Creek Trail 841

Tunnel Creek Trail #841 is a hiking and horse trail in Jefferson County, Washington. It is within Buckhorn Wilderness Area and Olympic National Forest. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 2,412 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,312 feet. This trail connects with the following: Tunnel Creek Trail and Tunnel Creek Trail Extension to "Valhalla".

Tunnel Creek Trail #841 Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a day hike or short backpack 7.8 miles round-trip to Harrison Lake, or 7.7 miles one-way to the Dosewallips Valley.

This trail climbs over a subalpine ridge in the southern lobe of the Buckhorn Wilderness. Tiny Harrison Lake sits atop the ridge, and there are fine views of the surrounding country. The hike is not difficult when approached from the north, but from the south it presents one of the longest sustained grades in the Olympics.

The trail begins by ascending the wooded ravine of Tunnel Creek. This forest rivulet splashes through mossy logjams as the path climbs in spurts beside it."

"This hike takes you through forest and along a lovely creek to an old trail shelter. Early in the season, it can be done as an enjoyable cloudy weather leg stretcher.

By July, however, you can extend the hike to a subalpine lake and a high ridge that offers perhaps the peninsula’s best trail-accessible viewpoint of Mount Constance, the third-highest peak in the Olympic Mountains. Either route is fun and worth doing, and you won’t be disappointed to visit this trail more than once as your time and the seasons permit."

"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."

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12/12/2011
Love this trail. The best access point is from the Quilcene side and not the Dosewallips. The view at 5050 pass is spectacular. You can almost reach out and touch Mt. Constance.
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7/21/2008
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7/4/2000
High Dose Bridge has been destroyed by heavy snowfall. Do Not attempt to cross.
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Trail Information

Olympic National Forest
Nearby City
Olympic National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Views
Features
Olympic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Townsend, Mount Jupiter; Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018