Lower Big Quilcene River

Quilcene, Washington 98376

Lower Big Quilcene River

Lower Big Quilcene River Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Lower Big Quilcene River Reviews

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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.

Lower Big Quilcene River Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
10.2 miles
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
April to November
Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene
Local Contacts
Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S, Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018