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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.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 695 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Mountain biking

Snowshoeing

Walking

Running

Forest

River

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

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Getting There

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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Steven Brisley
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HikingGreat!

Beautifully green. Easy trail where we only ran into ~4 people in 2.5 hours (Tues late AM). Definitely worth doing on a foggy morning (or any time really!) no bug issues for us but we were wearing repellent

Allie Ayotte
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Theresa Allen
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Jenny L
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Hiking

Definitely will do again. Reminds me of Fern Gully. I was very tempted to continue on after the Bridge. Only passed a couple sets of people including one that was camping out there.

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Cindy M.
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Hiking

Beautiful relaxing trail! Nice distance without too much elevation gain if you're looking for a low key hike to connect with nature.

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Jen B
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National Forrest pass required, discovery pass isn’t valid here. Parking is very limited. We arrived around noon on a Saturday and parking was full, I was able to squeeze in a spot up against a tree and branches. By the time we left around 4pm parking was almost empty with 4 vehicles left. No bathrooms. Reviews say bikes are ok, but I wouldn’t recommend young children riding as there is a very steep cliff and narrow walkway. Muddy, and don’t forget bug spray!

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Andrew Farrell
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HikingGreat!

Loved this hike. A very mellow outing after a week of more strenuous efforts. Nice gentle grade all the way down to the river and the camp through a peaceful, pleasant forest. Recommended if the weather is not good in the high country, or you want a more laid back hike.

Caroline D.
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Hiking

Great hike to a cute campsite along river

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Patricia Wyant
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Hiking

Trail was nice and wide in most spots. Easy hike. Great for kids to hike. We went on a beautiful day and were pretty warm the entire hike. Took a little side trail and took some pictures. We saw bikes, kids and pets.

Meredith Taylor
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Justin Smith
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Alice Thomes
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Hiking

Wonderful path, very lush with a wide variety of wildflowers blooming, lots of moss and the sound of the river and wind in the trees. Gentle slopes and easy walking for all! The campground is wonderful with huge trees and a gigantic boulder. Wonderful afternoon hike!

Rob & Alicia Exploring
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HikingMuddy

Loved the well built bridges on this trail!

Lauren Petty
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Daniel Chang
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Hiking

Muddy, but I think this is a rainforest. Absolutely gorgeous brush leading to a river. Would totally camp here in the future. Olympics never cease to amaze.

Irene D
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HikingMuddy

This trail is absolutely stunning and the forest is magical. We were the 4th car in the parking lot. Trail is well maintained but it was drizzling and super muddy. Road to the trailhead has a few pot holes but nothing too intense. Made it to the river right before Notch Pass Trail. Had some campgrounds for backpackers. Loved the fresh air!

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Kristin Wilcox
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Hiking

Started out around 4p intending to stay the night at Bark Shanty. There were maybe 4 cars in the lot. We passed a few groups of people early on and did not see anyone else until leaving the next morning. Rhododendrons were lovely and in bloom along with some other fun flowers. Hike was an easy one to Bark Shanty and mostly flat. Bark Shanty has plenty of established campsites and many with fire rings. We picked one near the water that has a nice bench. No one else camped that night and the water made for a good lullaby. Back at the car the next morning we noticed the parking lot was overflowing. Pit toilet was open but bring your own sanitizer and toilet paper. Garbage was overflowing so please pack out your own trash.

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Matthew Nowak
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Rita Carrow
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Hiking

One of my favorite hikes! Some of it was muddy (early May)... and wonderful!

Mario Chirinos
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HikingIcyMuddy

Great hike overall. Not very strenuous. The first mile or so follows the river at a distance. After that, you come much closer to the river eventually crossing it several times. The crossings consist of three bridges with splendid views over the river. The river is dotted with moss covered rock and the trail lined by sword ferns and tall evergreens. The Trail head was easily accessible for all vehicles.

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George Scott
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HikingMuddy

It just rained a lot yesterday, but still beautiful trail. Water was rapid due to rainfall. Pretty easy hike, but worthwhile for sure!

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Anna Taylor
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Hiking

Very easy and well maintained trail with lovely trees and a very cute wood bridge. We didn’t make it the whole way because there was a large dog off leash without an owner in sight and we didn’t want to risk an unfriendly encounter with our own two dogs who were leashed according to the trail requirements.

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Holly Lyons
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Hiking

nice hike. well maintained trail. saw quite a few people out today. on your way in follow the road signs, Google maps takes you the wrong way stay right at the fire sign.

Ally Bakan
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Switch-back Chick
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Hiking

Very pretty trail. If you’re looking for a hike w/o elevation, I highly recommend this trail.

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