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
1 month 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
5 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

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!

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

backpacking
10 months ago

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.

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

on Gray Wolf Trail

hiking
Monday, March 20, 2017

Went till the tree said END. Mudslide cut off upper portion so only got to do the lower. Nice easy hike not too difficult. Very muddy in spots.

backpacking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

This is a great trail to take on alone. Lots to see, lots to hike on. Great starter hike. On a side note... There is an active bee hive on the main trail. Use the Cat Creek loop trail to avoid it. There is only one fork in the trail and you will take a right to head back to the main trail missing the hive. However if you don't care about them the entire area around the hive has pink tape around it as a warning.
This is one that is great for trail running too. I ran most of the way back other than the steep hills lol great thing is it's not an incredibly busy trail either

backpacking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

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!

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

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!

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

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.

backpacking
Friday, June 10, 2016

Great trail. Plan on exploring the rest if the entire area throughout the summer.

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.

backpacking
Friday, June 03, 2016

This was a serene trail. It was worth the up hill climbs. Camping at the a tributary greywolf and creek was just amazing. Highly recommended.

hiking
Thursday, May 26, 2016

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.

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