Lower Big Quilcene to Notch Pass Trail Junction

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Olympic National Forest

Lower Big Quilcene to Notch Pass Trail Junction is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Quilcene, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.6 miElevation gain695 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashkid friendlyCampingCross-country skiingHikingMountain bikingSnowshoeingWalkingRunningForestRiverwild-flowersWildlifeMuddy
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This is an easy hike for any and all skill levels- peaceful and scenic. At the fork go to the right and there will be a sign ahead (within 1 mile from the fork) and you will turn to the left. Drive down the path about 1/2 mile and there is parking and a long drop outhouse.

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

At the fork go to the right and there will be a sign ahead (within 1 mile from the fork) and you will turn to the left. Drive down the path about 1/2 mile and there is parking and a long drop outhouse.

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kkf NC
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Burnaze Betancourt
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Bryan Richling
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Stephanie Culet
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Gorgeous drive over and easy to get to. Road and trail well maintained. Very little ice/snow, mostly on the bridges. Muddy in parts but nothing to raise concern. Hardly anyone out there which is nice if you’re seeking a peaceful walk in the forest with a mild inclination.

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Alicia David
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Did this trail Saturday 2/20/21. Small parking lot for maybe 8 cars so get there early. Lot was full by 9:30 am. Some people parked in the pull outs along the one lane road making in dangerous if other cars were to be encountered on the way back up. Hit snow about 2 miles in and was thankful I brought my microspikes. Went up past Notch Pass junction and stopped when we hit a huge mud field. Perfect sunny day and not many people on the trail. Stopped for lunch at bark shanty campground which was wonderful.

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Brian Castro
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Heather Tolbert
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This is a great winter trail for a beginning hiker. You can get to trailhead even in a sedan. The elevation gain is quite gentle, not hard at all. Any people in the trail were wearing masks and passed respectful of social distancing. Beautiful views of the river. The few water crossings without bridges aren't deep at all. Waterproof shoes are always recommended but you can choose your steps wisely and be just fine.

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Adam Ellis
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Wet and muddy in spots but good overall! Midday hike was great out and back to Notch pass. Lots of small run off crossings. Great hike!!!

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Greta Greer
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Lisa Kimmet
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Nice trail. You can tell lots of maintenance has been done on it. We had a few small stream crossings but nothing bad. A little muddy but for a January hike after weeks of heavy rains I was surprised it wasn't worse. My daughter didn't have waterproof shoes on and it wasn't an issue at all. Saw about 15 other people and 3 dogs on the trail on a Monday holiday. Majority wore masks and those that didn't moved to the side. One pair of mountain bikers on the trail. Overall, a nice easy hike. Lovely scenery, especially all the small waterfalls and springs along the way. Turned around after the campground.

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Jeff Wilhelm
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Well maintained - no difficult trail conditions despite recent heavy rains - saw some park rangers doing trail building.

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Lauri Lybeck
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Jim Absher
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Cameron Warford
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Catherine Turtle
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Really lovely, but waterproof shoes are required as I had to walk through mud or very shallow water 6 times on 12/31/20.

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Eric T
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this is an easy trail but absolutely beautiful. we only went out as.fsr as the bridge over.the creek which is very scenic. lots of good water to drink from along the trail. good for families and dogs.

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Kathy Coward Pregnall
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Justin Bergman
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Mark Fisher
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Kristina Dosey
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Justin Bergman
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RJ Kelling
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Nice Hike on a beautiful day. Follow the NPS signs vs your GPS getting to the trailhead and you won't go wrong. I hiked the Notch Pass trail for about 1.5 miles hoping for an overlook but was disappointed. A fellow hiked was planning to follow Notch Pass to the NPS forest road in a loop back to the trailhead. Enjoy!

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Chris Grissom
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Beautiful

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Jenny Van Aken
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Beautiful trail, high above the river until the crossing before Bark Shanty and then up and down along the river to Camp Jolley. It has snowed the day before so we got to see the dusting as we got higher, past the Notch Pass junction.

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Klara Hanson
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we did this trail Sunday as our first overnight backpacking trip and it was awesome. we stayed overnight at camp jolley. it was cold but a great experience. my recording isn't accurate because I turned on my power saver which interrupted my recording.

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JASON COCUS
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Lucas Avery
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Nice trail along the water, although not visible or accessible most of the hike. The sound of the water are audible which adds a soothing relaxation to the hike.

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