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Lower Big Quilcene River

 

Type of Activity: Out and Back Hike

Location: Olympic Penninsula

Distance:    5-10 miles most likely 6-8   

Elevation gain: 1200'

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Description:

From WTA.org

The Big Quilcene Trail to Marmot Pass is one of the most popular trails in the Olympic National Forest. What many hikers don't realize is that it was once twice as long. The road delivering them to the trailhead severed it in two. Good news, though, the entire trail still exists, the eastern 6 miles now known as the Lower Big Quilcene Trail. And although not in the Buckhorn Wilderness, it's still quite wild in places. Much of the route runs through a rugged canyon cloaked in primeval forest. And while past logging has eaten away at the periphery, plenty of ancient groves grace the way.

Starting at an elevation of 1400 feet, the Lower Big Quilcene River Trail climbs a mere 1200 feet in its entire 6.2-mile journey. Besides making for an easy trek, the low elevation is ideal for an early-season hike. But if you wait until early summer, you'll be rewarded with blooming rhododendrons. The trail passes by old camp and shelter sites, testaments to when there was no shorter option to Marmot Pass.

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Parking pass required?  Yes Northwest Forest Pass, America the Beautiful, or Interagency Senior or Access pass.

Dog Friendly? Yes, well behaved trail dogs welcome.

Remember to bring:  10 Essentials, Water, sunscreen, gas $ for drivers, bag for dirty boots.

Weather: Click Weather for current forecast

Hiking Basics: http://www.wta.org/hiking-info/basics or http://www.americanhiking.org/resources

For more information:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/olympic/recarea/?recid=47871

Driving Directions:

From Quilcene drive US 101 south for 1.5 miles. (From Shelton follow US 101 north for 50.5 miles.) Turn  (west) onto Penny Creek Road. After 1.5 miles bear left onto Big Quilcene River Road (Forest Road 27). Drive 3 miles, coming to a junction. Continue right on FR 27 and after 0.4 mile turn left onto FR 27-080. Follow this narrow dirt road 0.5 mile to the trailhead.

 

As always HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK

My Cell is[masked] if you have any questions running late etc.

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for joining me, I enjoyed your company and conversation. It was a great hike on a beautiful day.

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful hike along the river and mostly in the shade too! Thanks Andy Kay

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful hike following the trail by the river & it was mostly in the shade too! Thanks Andy. Kay

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I slept in because I got sick.

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ugh! I just got sick!! Have a great hike!

    June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alas, work calls. I hope you all have a great time!

    June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I look forward to hiking a new trail and meet new people who like to hike too!

    June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I only have a Discover Pass, so I'll need to join the carpool.

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will hitch a ride with Susan; I think she was meeting you at the Penny Creek Rd. Thanks, Kay

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Andy, thanks for leading this hike. I'd like to meet you at the entrance to Penny Creek Rd then follow to trail head. is the possible?
    Susna

    June 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Susan, that will be fine

      June 19, 2013

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