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Lower Big Quilcene Trail is a 12.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Quilcene, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 12.5 mi Elevation gain 1,893 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Forest

River

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Rocky

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Getting There

There is a pit toilet at the trailhead.

The trailhead starts at the small parking lot which can be reached by following GPS routing to 47.7835, -122.9651. From Quilecene, WA, head southwest on US-101, turning right onto Penny Creek Rd about 1.4 miles out of town. Stay to the right as you go past Penny Creek Quarry, then less than 1.5 miles later, take a slight left onto Big Quilecene River Rd (Forest Road 27/NF27). Stay on NF27 for about 3 more miles, at which point you're reach a fork where NF27 goes up and to the right. STAY LEFT onto NF Development Road 2740. Follow that for less than 3/4's of a mile to where it ends.

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Rita Carrow
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Beautiful hike! Well maintained trail, but a bit muddy in spots. I make sure I come here once or twice a year. A jacket is a good idea since — well, this is the PNW.

Rob & Alicia Exploring
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HikingMuddy

Great trail! Lots of mud after the junction with Naches Pass

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Mike Patt
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HikingMuddy
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Clyde Lovett
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HikingFeeMuddy

Starts with a great parking spot and outhouse and then proceeds downhill on easy grade for about a mile and then uphill all easy grade all wide trail with muddy spots beautiful hike

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Kate W
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Hiking

**Hiked pre-“stay at home” orders** Road leading up to the trailhead was in great condition, and we had no problem finding parking at noon on a sunny spring Sunday. This trail was really beautiful in a lot of ways - you’re mostly covered by forest, with a few peek-a-boo views of the surrounding landscape. Having the river running right next to you is extremely peaceful and relaxing. Would love to have kept going on the upper part of the trail just to see what it was like, but we got too late of a start. We’ll save that for another weekend (hopefully later this year).

Evan Pound
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Hiking

4/1/20 - experienced snow, rain and sun. A few trees down, but easy to get around

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Astrid Fulton
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HikingMuddySnow

Great day trip, snow starts around mile 5 but easily trekkable with waterproof boots. Well maintained roads on the way up and plenty of parking. National Park permit, not Discover Pass.

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Susan Bouterse
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HikingMuddy

Long, rolling hike with gentle elevation gain over its course. I liked the Upper Quilcene to Marmot Pass hike better because of the scenery/views/undergrowth there, but was glad to try this one today. Weather was good, 53 in Quilcene, partly cloudy, and trails were muddy from rains in the last few days.

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Jordan M
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Camping

The 2.5 mile hike to Bark Shanty is gentle walk in the woods with only a few inclines. The ground is firm and easy to walk on and in some places the trail is 4 feet wide. There are some washouts but they have been fixed. There are no spectacular views but the rushing sounds of the Quilcene River accompany you along your hike. Just past Bark Shanty you will pass the Notch Pass junction. This is where the trail changes drastically. Some areas are badly overgrown and the trail is about a foot wide in some places. A few spots are very muddy. It is rocky and uneven in some areas and there are more inclines. 2.5 miles past the Notch Pass Junction you find yourself at Camp Jolly, a secluded and serene campsite. Bark Shanty could easily fit 10+ tents while Camp Jolly could barely fit 3. There are plenty of places along the way where you can fill up your water bottle from the Quilcene River.

Steven McGarr
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Hiking

great trail for a day hike or a couple really nice camp spots if you going farther. first half the trail was like walking in a park and a couple spots on the second half wont and be much longer until they are overgrown. next time maybe an nice overnighter and then onto upper trail head. could make it a nice 3 day trip. over all I would recommend this for anyone, especially those looking to train for through hike.

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Beth Miller
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Hiking

Hiked this today after taking the trail just to Notch Pass Trail junction a few weeks ago with my family. Honestly that first portion of the trail was the most enjoyable for me. But the trail was nice, well-maintained, and not heavily-trafficked which I know is a plus for many. The trail ends at the parking lot/trailhead for Upper Big Quilcene, so I continued on that for 1.25 mile before turning around. Next time I’ll probably check that trail out! Lots of shade on this trail, so may be good on a hot day, although it was a little buggy today already.

Keri-Anne Jetzer
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Hiking

Great day for a hike. We got the last parking spot at 8:30a. There was no toilet paper in the bathroom. Trail has some muddy spots, some small streams to cross and a few downed logs. We walked the entire trail, up to the Upper Big Quilcene TH and then back. Enjoyed hearing the river for most of the hike. The 1800' elevation gain is stretched over the 7mi so is not bad. Few spots are steep but they are short. This is a very picturesque hike.

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Brandon Moberg
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HikingBlowdownMuddy

The directions - written and via maps - are incorrect. When you get to the “Y” junction on FR-27, go RIGHT to stay on FR-27, don’t go left on FR-2740. The trailhead is your first left after you go right at the junction. The trail itself is well crafted and maintained and mostly litter free. No noise pollution, you’ll just hear the Quilcene River the whole time. Beautiful weather today. Some blowdowns, all navigable and the trail has some muddy spots but trail runners are fine. Consider starting at the opposite end if you’re worried about trailhead parking as the starting lot is small and there’s only a couple of places where you’d fit a car on the side of the forest road. The other lot is bigger.

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Calvin Wheeler
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HikingMuddy

Turned out to be a nice day. The trail has a fairly easy incline that makes it a nice trail to hike. I’d even say family friendly for a while, 12 miles round trip might be tough tho. There isn’t much in the way of mountain scenery, but hiking along the river for a good portion of this hike was pretty. Overall a very nice trail that matched the descriptions given!

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Lisa Ranstead Hagmann
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Did not get to complete this hike but what we did was nice!

Joe Hikerton
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Hiking

Nice hike with a little variety. No major views except the river and the forest- which was very pleasant. Lots of different mushrooms were in bloom on the mid October Friday hike I did. Only saw 3 people and 3 dogs the entire trip. Stopped at Camp Jolley for a rest and a lunch. Nice hike and a good workout.

Doug Roberts
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Running

Had a great morning hike/jog on this trail today.. maybe saw six other people total and one happy puppy. Extremely easy to follow and directions made it simple. Nice hike and not overly challenging

Daron Vandeleur
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Hiking

generally: low elevation trail; lush, through forest along the river the whole way, next time consider hiking up to ridge parking: free at trail head, road, paved most of the way, doable in any vehicle trail: easy, packed ground, not overgrown, some bridges scenery: lush greenery, along river, nice on a sunny day, wound also be good if raining people; saw a few others on a weekend

Steve Kelly
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Hiking

Great hike for me and my level of experience. Longest day hike yet on a very well maintained and serene trail. Elevation change is moderate but enough to keep things interesting

Sarah H.
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Backpacking

This was an awesome trail. Trail was easily walkable for the most parts. There were several little creeks and maybe a couple medium sized creeks to get across. Shade covered the trail most of the way, which was really nice. Mosquitos were barely an issue. Only very few existed for about the first half of the trail near the water then a few more popped in the second half of the trail. But it was far from the nuisance level even when at the water. They even did not bother my dog, which was the opposite from other places with water and mosquitos. Farther down the second half of the trail was quite lush-y with tall ground plants where you will need to lift your arms as they bow along the trail quite a bit. We stopped at Bank Shanty for our lunch and camped at Camp Jolley. Both sites were pleasant and near the river.

Andrew Jezewski
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Hiking

Cruiser hike! Great camping spots near mile 2.5 and mile 4.5. Followed the creek for pretty much the entirety of the walk about. Tail halfway point is the parking lot of the upper trail. In that case, a bit anticlimactic. Nonetheless beautiful hike. Would do again and maybe do a trail run. 10/10

Tim Rohrer
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Hiking
First to Review

This is a very easy trail, in fact it is one of the easiest 10+ mile hikes I've done. The footpath is gentle and the slopes are gradual. The bridges are in excellent shape, so crossing water is not an issue. The hike is peaceful and beautiful with much of it along the river. There is an area just over the bridge by Camp Jolley which should hold a tent or two. Sites to pitch a tent at Camp Shady Bark, about 2.8 miles in from the trailhead, are more plentiful.

Julia Algire
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Crystal Tuson Manly
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Brent Olson
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Clinton Bader
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