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Upper Big Quilcene River Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (11)

Access to Buckhorn Wilderness and Marmot Pass or a way out from the Upper Dungeness Trail and Tubal Cain River Trail.


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5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

Point to Point

5,959' 1,816 m

High

2,495' 760 m

Low

3,464' 1,056 m

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Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Need to Know

Lots of trailhead parking. Composting toilet. Getting to the trailhead requires some navigation but various maps apps, when in service, should provide correct directions.

Description

There is lots of trailhead parking for this one, with access to the Lower Big Quilcene, which is a more popular mountain biking trail. The road itself continues down a bend and across a bridge to a dead-end.

If you're heading west from the trailhead, expect to go up and vice versa. Though tough at times, this one gets you to a couple nice but popular dispersed campgrounds (Shelter Rock in the forest by the river, Camp Mystery up in the meadow before Marmot Pass), beautiful Marmot Pass, and numerous backpacking options further in every direction.

This trail, by itself, makes for a solid day hike or good overnight option.

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Shared By:

Zander Göpfert with improvements by Amy Schmitz and 1 other

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  4.3 from 11 votes

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Junction of Tubal Cain, Upper Big Quilcene, and Upper Dungeness aka Marmot Pass.
Oct 15, 2019 near Quilcene, WA

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Jun 19, 2021
bacon life
Camp Mystery is much lower down the trail than shown on the Hiking Project app.
Apr 13, 2019
William Patten JR
Jan 6, 2019
Cassidy Cole
6mi
Nov 11, 2018
Bill Cessnun
climbed up Mt Buckhorn after Marmot Pass plus a mile down tubal cain tr so more like 15.5 miles as up Buckhorn is 1.5 miles sunny beautiful. 14.5mi
Jul 8, 2018
Elisabeth Pring
Jun 23, 2018
Heather George
May 27, 2018
Will Estep
Jul 23, 2017
Jason McColly
round trip with Ruth and Dave. limited on time 8mi