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Tunnel Creek
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Tunnel Creek
The trail casually strolls through forests and makes its way to plenty of rhododendrons for the first 2.7 miles of path. You'll encounter Tunnel Creek Shelter here giving you an opportunity to set up camp. From here, the trail makes an aggressive climb to the Twin Lakes, that are reached at 3.7 miles. Past the lakes, the trail climbs for a while longer to 50-50 Pass, to an elevation of 5,050 feet. Come on a clear day, as the views stretch on forever.
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
River 8.2 mi 3 / 5 8 / 10 2500 ft

User Groups
Hikers, Dogs, Horses

Accessibility
June-October

Permits
A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here
 
Driving Directions:
From Quilcene, 1 mile south on U.S. 101 to Penny Creek Road. Turn right and drive 1.5 miles to Big Quilcene Road. Stay left at the Y and drive 3 miles to Forest Service Road 2740. Stay to the left at this Y and drive 6.5 miles to the trailhead.
Contact Information:
Olympic National Forest
Hood Canal Ranger District - Quilcene Office
295142 Highway 101 S.
P.O. Box 280
Quilcene, Wa 98376
Tel: 360.765.2200
TTY: 360.765.2200
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/olympic

Maps
Green Trails #136 Tyler Peak
#136 Tyler Peak
Green Trails #168 The Brothers
#168 The Brothers
USGS Mount Townsend
Mount Townsend
Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
Buckhorn Wilderness
Tunnel Creek - From ErikSoderquist\'s hike report on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. Tunnel Creek - From ErikSoderquist\'s hike report on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. Tunnel Creek - From ErikSoderquist\'s hike report on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. Tunnel Creek - From ErikSoderquist\'s hike report on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. Tunnel Creek - From ErikSoderquist\'s hike report on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. Tunnel Creek - From ErikSoderquist\'s hike report on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. Tunnel Creek - From ErikSoderquist\'s hike report on Tuesday, May 11, 2010.
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