Lower Big Quilcene Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
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Lower Big Quilcene Trail is a 12 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.

DISTANCE
12.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,774 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

forest

river

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

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.

backpacking
6 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

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