Upper Big Quilcene Trail via Marmot Pass is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Brinnon, WA that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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 this Y and drive 3 miles to the Forest Service boundary and Forest Service load 27. Drive 6 miles to Forest Service Road 2750. Stay to the left and drive 4.5 miles to the trailhead.
We hiked to Marmot Pass and camped just south of Buckhorn. The trail was well-kept and beautiful, but gets steeper the further you go, so be prepared to sweat! We recommend camping around Marmot Pass (instead of Camp Mystery) because the views are incredible! Camp Mystery is the last place to fill up on water before the pass, so plan accordingly. If you camp near Buckhorn, you might even get to eat breakfast with the resident mountain goats! We definitely recommend this hike!
Amazing trail! Very difficult, went up and back in about 9 hours. Be sure and be prepared for all weather, went up on a beautiful sunny day with not a cloud in the sky and got chased down by a lightening/thunder/rain storm. The views are worth the climb!
My favorite so far. Nice steady climb and spectacular views. Loved it!!
Started early at 830. The lot was 70% full already, although I think mostly from people who had gone out the day prior. This is a moderate hike. For me, it doesn't come close to matching the intensity of Mt. Ellinor. Although that hike is shorter. Turning left at the pass is the hardest section but well worth it.
This hike is worth it. It is a moderate hike. If you go up. Be sure to at least go up the ridge to the left when you reach the pass. Even more beautiful up there. If you camp, don't camp at the sites. Camp up on the ridge for sunset and sunrise.
I would say this trail may be closer to hard than moderate, but worth it. The unpaved portion of the road on the way in has many potholes. Even driving slowly, we struggled trying not to hit them. The first few miles follow the river and the views are beautiful. I would recommend waterproof shoes if hiking in the spring as you are crossing a few creeks. The first two miles have a slight steady incline, which only increases as you go. We crossed snow a few times starting around 4 miles in. We became a little lost about 5.2 miles in because there was a lot of snow and footprints in multiple directions. It was very windy and snowing at the top.
We saw a black bear on the way back down, about 100 yards away, and were not prepared for anything like that, which was silly on our part.
Absolutely gorgeous. The connecting trail up Buckhorn mountain is steep, but well worth the effort.
Access from the app is off. From Quilcene on 101s, turn onto Penny Creek Road. After 1.5 miles bear left onto Big Quilcene Road (FR 27). This is paved. After 9.5 miles bear left onto FR 2750 for 5 miles to the trail head. You will need a parking pass from the ranger station (on the way in). Keep in mind you will loose cell phone coverage right away.
Trail is amazing. The Quilcene River flows by the trail, the forest canopy is breathtaking and the trail is well maintained. Aggressive climb. Really liked this hike.
easy..... please. moderate and best. beautiful hike, well maintained trail.
Awesome trail. I did it with a friend as a day trip in the first week of June and most of the trail was in the shade, wildflowers had bloomed, saw deer and chipmunks, plenty of dogs, had a breeze from the pass, and the views were spectacular. Hardest part was driving down the forest road... definitely go slow... huge holes and hard to pass cars on. After reaching Marmot Pass, I highly recommend going up the additional 500 feet to rhe summit nearby for the best views!
Steady incline the whole way. Trail was really well maintained. The only difficulty was breaking trail through snow for the last 2.5-3 miles to the pass. Will definitely keep this in my back pocket as a good training hike. Total Time from TH to Pass was 2:15 up and 1:45 back.
09/07/2014 - The forest road is paved for the first 9 miles. The last 4 miles are unpaved, but still a great road. I was surprised. Not a difficult hike, but a long one with a steady incline the whole way to the pass. The river is beautiful and the campgrounds are very well-maintained. There's no signage along the trail, so when you arrive at both campgrounds, just continue straight through. The pass is beautiful and gives you the choice of going off in three other directions. I took the trail to the south up to the ridge. It's a difficult climb, but you are rewarded. Total distance for my hike was 12.5 miles with an elevation gain of 4,268 ft. Total time on the trail was 7:07 hrs which included several stops.
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Killer workout and way worth it!
Miss Hiker P.
Great work out! I did this as a day hike since I had plans for the evening . Next time I'm staying the night & doing Buckhorn Mountain .
Beautiful views from the pass of mountain peaks to the west. The 3500ft of elevation was spread out pretty evenly so that not any one section of the trail was too steep. It took me a little under 3 hours to reach the pass from the Big Quilcene River TH. I continued up the trail to the summit of Buckhorn Mountain and the views were even better because of the higher elevation and I highly recommend it even though it is not easy. Nothing technical required but there is a lot of loose rock. I did this as a day hike although almost everyone else I ran into was camping.