Lower Big Quilcene Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Quilcene, Washington that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and mountain biking.
Directions from Quilcene: Take US Highway 101 south for 1 mile to Penny Creek Road on the right. Follow Penny Creek Road staying left at the Y (mile 1.4) to the Forest Service boundary and paved Forest Service Rd 27. Continue on FS 27 another 1.5 miles to FS Rd 080. Turn left onto 080 and follow it for .5 miles to the trailhead.
Emery pretty protected hike. Best to go on toward Notch Pass Trail to Thomson Creek. A gem at the end!
We decided to head out with our three kiddos for a hike on this sunny day in March and this one was perfect. There are lots of waterfalls and small creeks to jump over on the trail. The trail is nice and not difficult even for our six year old.
Easy trail - well maintained. Trek through a nice forest to a river.
In the beginning its really muddy but the views is amazing!!
Great hike! Beautiful scenery. Perfect hike for any skill level. Would highly recommend and will definitely do this one again.
The first three miles of this trail are fairly straight, paralleling the river below. While there are no great views you still can have a very pleasant, comfortable run enjoying the sound of the river and siting small critters and snails along the wide path. At mile marker three there were two, single track trails that looked more to my trail running liking, but I was out of time.
Lovely shaded trail with plenty of photographic opportunities. Only went about 3 miles in but looking forward to doing the full 6 miles to the end sooner rather than later!
We just moved to western Washington and this is our first hike. We were there with 3 adults and 2 dogs. It's a lovely walk. We made it to just beyond Bark Shanty before we turned back. While there were 6 cars at the trailhead when we arrived, we only encountered a couple hiking on the way out and one on the way back. I assume the rest were camping or hiking further than we did.
We plan to keep at this trail as we build up our endurance so we can see the rest of the trail.
The only thing that wasn't perfect about our hike was encountering an off leash dog. Even if your dog is friendly, you cannot assume that someone else's dog is and most dogs on leash view an off leash dog rushing at them as a threat to themselves and their person. Please keep your dog on a leash as required.
This is one of our favorite trails. My brother is visiting later this year and this is one of the hikes I plan to take him on. Quiet, great views and never a disappointment on this trail