Marmot Pass and Buckhorn Mountain

Quilcene, Washington 98376

Marmot Pass and Buckhorn Mountain

Marmot Pass and Buckhorn Mountain Professional Guide

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"This is a very popular trail that was once described in another guidebook as being the best day hike on the Olympic Peninsula. I think that is an overstatement, but there is no denying that this is a wonderful hike with a great deal of variety along the way. Here, you will enjoy miles of ancient forests, a clear and cascading stream, plenty of wildflowers, the opportunity to see wildlife, and stupendous views from trail’s end.

Though better examples of all of these features can be found on other trips, few hikes can boast of including them all on the same trail. The journey is relatively long, so only fairly strong day hikers should attempt it, but it can also be done as a moderate overnight hike, which would allow you to stay longer and enjoy the trip’s many charms."

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Hiking Washington (Falcon Guides)
Oliver Lazenby
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"You may not hear the whistling of the Olympic Peninsula’s endemic marmots from this high notch, but the view into the rugged heart of Olympic National Park won’t let you down. Craggy basalt peaks—some of the hardest and sharpest in the Olympics—spread across the horizon on one side of the divide. In the other direction, the Pacific Ocean completes the panorama." Read more
Best Wildflower Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano
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"It’s been said that the Garden of Eden is in Mesopotamia, but many hikers believe it can be found on the trail to Marmot Pass. However, if you live in the greater Seattle area, getting an early start is critical for this hike. Whether you drive around or take a ferry, plan on a long day. The trail is situated in the Buckhorn Wilderness and features some of the best scenery and flowers the Olympics have to offer. For the best flowers, July may be the best bet. When I was there in early August, many of the flowers were already going to seed." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
4,640 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 days

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Dec 2018