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Upper Big Quilcene
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Upper Big Quilcene
The Upper Big Quilcene Trail contains arguably some of the most scenic country in the area. Much of the landscape is dominated by virgin forests, sublime meadows and grand mountain views. Mount Mystery and Mount Deception are a few of the peaks you will witness, not to mention Iron and Buckhorn Mountains that tower over you as you near Marmot Pass.

The forests here are comprised mainly of old-growth Douglas fir, western hemlock and western red cedar. Come in early summer to witness amazing rhododendrons in full bloom, along with a plethora of other wildflowers.

The trail begins by following Big Quilcene River as it gradually climbs along the valley floor toward Marmot Pass. The tread here is easy to navigate, but be prepared for a serious climb to the top of the pass. From the top you'll experience all the views the area has to offer. Turn back from here, or hike 1.7 miles down the Tubal Cain trail to Boulder Camp. You will also have a couple different choices for camping along the way to Marmot Pass, including Shelter Rock and Camp Mystery (2.6 and 4.6 miles from the trailhead respectively). Both camps are excellent locations near water that won't disappoint.
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
View 10.6 mi 3 / 5 8.5 / 10 4000 ft

User Groups
Hikers, Dogs

Accessibility
July-October

Permits
A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here
 
Driving Directions:
From Quilcene, drive 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 27. Drive 6 miles to Forest Service Road 2750. Stay to the left and drive 4.5 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
USGS Mount Townsend
Mount Townsend
USGS Mount Deception
Mount Deception
The beautiful valley below the trail Wildflowers that line the trail A marmot perched on a rock Tiger Lilies
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