Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Buckhorn Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Very nice trail to do, specially with the nice weather of today. Sure something to do.

Great starting point for multiple other hikes. No snow at all.

Trail in good condition, no snow yet.

This is a good hike. An ass kicker on the way up but it’s broken up with several great views on the river and waterfalls. Opens up into a valley and campground near the top. We didn’t summit because it was really foggy but I would recommend it on a clear day! Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists!

Best of the best. Spectacular hike. At this time of year it seems to be better to summit in the am, in order to catch the views.

Definitely a long haul! Worth it. The lake was beautiful. There aren’t too many camp spots at the lake, but we were able to make it work. The last mile to the lake is uphill so be prepared for a bit of exertion before being able to relax and swim at a lake.

Absolutely stunning hike. Did the extra 3 miles round trip to the summit of Mt. Buckhorn; worth the extra elevation gain! At the top of marmot pass, the trail intersects with Tubal Cain. Take a right and scramble up the steep trail to reach the summit. Perfect warm day and amazing views of the Olympics.
And the signs to the upper big quilcene trailhead are very visible, including the 2750 forest road.

Last week, 7-14-18,and 7-15-18, we did an overnighter to Camp Mystery with a day hike above Marmot Pass and back for a RT mileage of 13.4.

Arrived at trailhead, #833 and on the trail by 9:20am. There were about 35 cars in the parking lot and many campers walked by us as we were getting ready. Its fairly steep in the beginning but steeper after Shelter Rock about mid-way in. That said, a good pace can be made upto Shelter Rock, which is big enough to allow camping. After Shelter Rock it's much steeper with hardly any switch backs. It opens up to good viewpoint a couple times.


Not knowing the camping options on the pass, we stopped at Camp Mystery because there was a good site available. It's 5.8 mles in and a very popular place to camp. After setting up camp we hiked to Marmot Pass. Beautiful! A must see. Then hiked left and up to a platue-like peak were it's even more beautiful...with spectacular view of mountain ranges near and far. Beautiful! Camping is also available here. We saw at over 10 tents on top, 4 along the ridge to the top and 3-4 in the meadow below the Pass, with room to spare but you'll have company. Alot of people camped at Camp Mystery stayed at the top to watch the sunset. We opted not to. This was an Awesome hike and one I WILL do again...but camp at the pass.

This trail is amazing. Not for the faint of heart. We went to Marmot Pass and continued up the Buckhorn Mt.

Done as a day hike, but their are plenty of campsites at the top. Absolutely beautiful scenery the whole way up. Discover pass isn't accepted here, so make sure you get a day or national pass at the ranger station.

hiking
4 months ago

I spontaneously did the Lower Grey Wolf as a solo hike to the river and it was very nice. Some great views and lots of beautiful wildflowers in the meadows at the beginning of the trail. Beware of nettles they will get ya. No one else on the trail and I will not do it solo again. It’s not heavily trafficked -the memorial at the trail head is a good reminder

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful, but David Pucci (below) was absolutely right. On May 18, 2018, three hikers found the remains of a 24-year-old solo hiker near the Gray Wolf Trail. The group of three hikers were about six miles down the trail at an area of a bridge washout when they discovered what appeared to human remains about 300 feet down in a ravine. Please respect the signs and turn around when the trail ends. Even an experienced hiker can have a bad day, or have the conditions be just wrong for scrambling on the unimproved trail a previous hiker used to make a "loop" out of an out-and-back. Peace, Love, and Hike with a Friend.

Went for our first time today and it was a very beautiful hike. Only made it about 3 miles up and the whole trail is snow and ice. Had our dog and he had a blast. Did not see one person there. Very peaceful and the river and waterfalls are amazing. Will definitely go back during the summer to make it to the top. Hardest uphill hike I've ever done though.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice out and back trail, as of Jan 20 2017 there is a slide at mile 4.2 that closes the trail. Seriously it is not safe to go past the log in the trail that says "end" on it. you slip you will end up in the river a long way down. If you are planning a through hike use the Slab Creek trail. Otherwise there are a couple of camping spots near the river, water is easy to come by and the trail was in good shape with a little mud and one or two blow-downs (expected in January). Trailhead parking is limited to a half dozen cars.

Beautiful! Explore as much as possible. We saw goats on the top of buckhorn and they ran by our campsite during the night

Monday, October 09, 2017

Beautiful day for a hike. Be advised that trail ends at 4.2 miles due to landslides. Trail up to that point is very well maintained!

backpacking
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

best mountain views i've ever seen in my life. hikes early july

backpacking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

I needed a short backpack trip to shake out the cobwebs, so I decided to spend the night on the lower Grey Wolf, one of my favorite day hikes. Glorious weather, and there has been some work on the trail, so the trail is in great shape. I set up camp in the site just north of the overused 2-mile camp that is right on the river. After I set up camp, I discovered that the city folk who do not have a clue about back country etiquette have been using this bucolic campsite as their crapper. OMG! Who takes a dump at the edge of a great campsite, simply because it is a short distance from their campsite? Apparently, several people at least.

If you are reading this, and think it is OK to just crap on the ground, leave your toilet paper on top, and drop a few pieces of tree bark on top of that mess, please go out and get a copy of "How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art" by Kathleen Meyer. Please. Or read about it on the Internet.

That was the only downside to this beautiful little trek. The Giant Trees trail is overgrown but still navigable.

Please note that the Lower Grey Wolf Trail will be closed the weekend of September 30 / October 1 for fish habitat restoration.

backpacking
Friday, August 11, 2017

A very strenous but rewarding hike. We camped at Shelter Rock the first night, left our gear at camp the next morning, hiked up Camp Mystery for lunch, and then on up to Marmot Pass. Spectacular wildflowers! There were tons of dogs on this trail, but the trail was too rough for our dog, so we left her with a pet sitter. Be cautious of your dogs' well being if you take them on this challenging hike with rough rock footing and open valley full sun conditions.

Did this hike this week. Wildflowers are beautiful.

hiked up to marmot pass and camped. then in the morning hit boulder camp. trail is in great condition. and the views are amazing on clear days

I did this hike on June 17 with a group and most of us made it to the top of Buckhorn Mountain. One person commented that they were reminded of Hawaii once up on the ridge line. The hike to the pass was a nice gradual up and no spikes were needed but they gave some confidence on the way down. It took a tad under four hours to summit and this was waiting for people as well.

There are no surprises other then the views from the pass and the summit. Well worth the journey to travel there. The road was just graded and despite a crowded lot it was paved most of the way and any vehicle could make it. Add this one to your bucket list of NW hikes, but dont travel all that way just to stop at the pass.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Great day hike, allot of elevation gain but really good trail and gradual grade make it easy. View from Marmot Pass is amazing.

Snow on the top mile of the trail is well packed and easy to traverse.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Great trail but blocked by snow drifts at the pass...in mid-June??

hiking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

This is one of my favorite trails to hike. The view at the top is amazing. Be prepared to be in the snow for the last mile until around June. Light snow shoes are good to have.

we love this trail. it is always so beautiful and peaceful when we hike. we went in Oct and April this year and was amazed at all the snow. we went about 2.5 miles in because the snow was pretty deep. the dogs love playing in the river, but know in April it is moving pretty quick, so it might not be a good idea for them to get in too far. the kids (13 and 10) really enjoy this hike too.

backpacking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Loved this hike, it was absolutely beautiful with only a few clouds, which is not typical for the Olympic Peninsula. My father and I hiked in, but we took a different route than normal from our camp spot along the river, about halfway up the trail rather than the typical camping ground just below Marmot Pass on the east side. We decided to check out some rock climbing areas and some of the ridge to the south, so we bush-wacked our way up along one of the streams that joins the Big Quilcene River, found a goat trail, and continued heading along the ridge westward, passing Charlia Lake far below us to the south, and coming all the way around to Marmot Pass. From there we headed back east down the normal trail as marked to our camp ground and headed out that same day. It was beautiful, late June and picture perfect.

camping
Monday, April 17, 2017

It was a fantastic start to our camping season. We got there around 11:00am on Saturday. It's quite the spot to go to with quite a few people/family's arriving for day hikes. It was a VERY MUDDY trail. I'm guessing all year around because of the very frequent little water run offs and streams moving to connect to the river, overlapping the trail itself. We didn't go in as far as we would have liked because of the warning sign of a mudslide about 4.5 miles in, but other hikers we saw venture farther only to return about 15-20 minutes later going back up the way they came in from. Great little pre-camp spots here and their along the river where other campers previously stopped over the years. Road conditions are fine just don't go too fast or you will slide and fall off the side. Unfortunately we did see a man fly down the muddy backroad only to find his truck about 15 feet down off the side of the truck path. Luckily his truck got cradled by some older trees and made it out with no serious injuries. If those trees where not there to catch that truck, he would not have walked away from that fall so just be careful while going up. Happy trailblazing!!!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Only walk maybe the first two miles, but it was a great walk. Will go again

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