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Tubal Cain Trail is a 18.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sequim, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 18.9 mi Elevation gain 4,481 ft Route type Out & Back

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Getting There

A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here

Olympic National Forest Quilcene Ranger Sttion 295142 U.S. 101 South Quilcene, WA 98376 Tel: 360.765.2200

From Sequim, 3 miles east on U.S. 101 to Palo Alto Road. Turn right and drive 7.5 miles to Forest Service Road 28. Stay left and drive 1 mile to Forest Service Road 2860. Turn right and drive a long 14.5 miles to the trailhead.

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Eleanor Beers
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Hiking

Hiked to the wreckage and mine and then continued on to Buckhorn pass. Beautiful hike, even on a foggy day! Looking forward to come back. There were definitely a lot of people even with the weather. Road to trail was not the best but could have been worse... lots of potholes.

Beau Lynn-Miller
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BackpackingGreat!

Spectacular is too light of a word for this area at this time. The weather was great, the trail was fine, and the wildflowers -- especially on Constance Pass and the ridge of Tubal Cain Mine trail right by Marmot Pass -- were amazing! There was a little snow on the Tubal Cain Mine trail and a little on the Constance Pass hike, but both were quite passable and melting quick. I never felt the need for microspikes. I also thought the road was just fine. Yeah, there's definitely some potholes, but for a forest service road I thought it was actually pretty good. Compared to some of the other roads on in the Olympics, like the one to Mt. Ellinor, this thing was a race track.

Cathy Hathaway
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Wild rhododendrons were at their peak today. Some hikes in the area have a few rhododendrons, this one has the most in my experience. We hike this trail every year because of it! It's a 7 mi round trip hike to the mine. The area closest to the mine is enchanting with lots of rivulets going around & under giant mossy boulders & underground. Great campsites too. And, the mine itself is very interesting.

Brian Wynn
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, we went to the plane first then continued up to the summit of buckhorn mt. Spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and mt ranier. The summit is a short offshoot if this trail, but shouldn’t be missed. The plane was interesting but definitely not the highlight of the hike, also there are tons of mosquitoes by the plane. There was only a very small amount of snow near the top. We saw a black bear, mountain goats and a deer. Most other people were camping but we did it as a day hike and it took about 11 hours.

Peter Schneidler
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Hiking

Gorgeous hike. The way we did it was in 3 phases. 1. 3.5 miles to below the Tubal Caine mine going through giant rhododendrons and mossy creeks. A slightly sketchy Creek crossing at the end of this portion. I would love to tent in this area. 2. Then a few miles of switchbacks through glorious high alpine slopes with few trees and incredible wildflowers COVERING the hillside. 3. The final push to the top of buckhorn mountain. This is pretty tough toward the end with a steep climb through lots of skree, followed by something closer to mild rock climbing than hiking. Incredible views at the top. This is probably the best hike I've ever done, in terms of scenery. and the flowers may have been even better than the scenery. Highly recommended. We had to go around to avoid a couple of stubborn mountain goats who were blocking the trail the last 200 yards or so before the summit. All part of the adventure.

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Mira Vane
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Hiking

My first day hike since moving here from FL and I wasn't disappointed. The trail is very well maintained, though might be considered narrow for some, and all the sights worth seeing, like the mines and the wreck are at a considerable inclination, so be prepared to climb. Spent 4 hours getting there and 4 coming back. There are spots to set up camp along the way if one was so inclined. The mine has a stream running through it, so if you fancy going in to have a look, I recommend waterproof footwear, and a warm piece of clothing because it does get significantly colder the further you go in. The only downside to the whole experience is the forest service road leading to the trail head. Yes, it's narrow, yes it takes you up a considerable inclination, but neither of those would be so bad if it wasn't for the multitude of huge potholes, spread across enough to get you stuck if you're not paying attention and are ready to swerve. Even then, the lot of them are unavoidable. Definitely recommend making the trip in an suv and not a 2 door low profile sedan if you have the option.

Timothy Duval
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jun 15 2020
HikingOff trail

We went to the plane wreck for this, which eventually takes you off of Tubal Cain trail. The portions just before the plane are very steep with a lot of gain pretty quick. But the views at the wreck are very pretty. We didn’t make it to the mine this time. Hopefully someday. But I recommend this hike.

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Kevan Barry
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Hiking

I’ve hike, with well maintained trails. There are a couple of stream crossings and one log bridge but not too difficult. Most of the walk is slopes gently with the last .6 miles up to the wreck fairly steep. We took dogs and they handled it easily. There are some good camping spots at the top near the wreck as well.

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Ashley Johnson
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Hiking

Such a fun trail! Look up the history of the plane crash before you go and chat about it on the car ride there.

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Melissa Brady
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Hiking

Super cool trail with tons of history. We parked along the FSR, as requested by the state order for COVID-19. There were about 7-8 cars parked at the trailhead parking area, which is supposed to be closed. It was easy to social distance on this trail as we ran into maybe three other sets of hikers where we had to pass side-by-side. Everyone was extremely aware of the 6 foot distancing and was respectful of space. I think the other cars were from dispersed campers as we saw a few along the wreckage area. 7 miles to the wreckage and back. 9 miles to the main mine and back. Main mine is on the left side of the stream, carved in the hillside at about the 4-4.5 mile mark. Some primitive camp sites here. You cannot see the mine from the main trail. You need to explore a bit. We extended our hike for a total of 13 miles, trying to get to Marmot Pass. We fell short of the pass as the snow made things impassible at around 5.5 ~ unless you had proper snow gear, like microspikes and snowshoes. We did run across one skier who said he made it up to the pass and skied down! WOW!! Some other hikers tried to get to Buckhorn Lake, but they also said snow was still too deep at the 5000’ elevation. Some early wildflowers were popping out, but super early in the season. I would imagine July will be very colorful along those slopes. Happy trails!

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Jenny P.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Nov 04 2019
Hiking

Really well-maintained trail with several great camp spots all along the route, starting right at the trail head. Hiked in and took the detours for the crash site and the mine, the mine was a big tricky to find. There’s a short mine entrance on the way up to the crash site but it’s caved in a few yards in. The real mine entrance is a few miles farther. The two miles or so before Buckhorn Lake, the trail cuts along the side of the mountain and is pretty exposed, with great views of the pass ahead, mountains all around, and a beautiful, narrow valley of trees below. Camped at the lake, which was frozen most of the way. Nice, quiet spot to camp with the soothing sound of the river in the background and easy access to water (we brought along a water pump). Not the most amazing views and a little closed in by the lake, but a good spot to crash for two tired backpackers. Probably better to hike in to the crash site, set up camp at one of the sites near there, and then hike pack-less up to the pass and back from there.

Connor M.
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Hiking

An awesome hike! the crash site also has a great view of the mountains. great place to stop for lunch. The actual mine is about a half mile up the trail from the turn off for the crash site. If you go in the mine make sure to have waterproof shoes, there is quite a bit of water flowing out.

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Cara Hammond
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HikingMuddy

This is one of my favorite trails. I wanted to get one more hike in before it totally snows and this is my favorite to bring my pup on! We hiked a good five miles in, it was VERY windy (forecast says ~30 mph) so we didn’t completely finish the mountain, I had wanted to visit Buckhorn Lake. But it was still a beautiful day! No one on the trail, this trail is so beautifully maintained. Thank you so much WTA for rebuilding the bridge, it looks wonderful! The directions to get to this trail is awful, take Palo Alto, continue right on FR 28 and then another right on FR 2958. Drive a good 5 miles, you’ll come to a fork in the road with a sign that tells you which trails are where, continue left. This road goes forever, you’ll come across one more fork with another sign, continue left for another 15-20 miles or so. Trailhead has a little parking lot on the right of the road! Cheers!

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Tristan Symington
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Sep 30 2019
HikingSnow

fun trail made it to the spot then free hiked from there for about 2 miles then the sun started to set so we headed back it is a nice trail and the water is good

Joshua McMullen
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HikingMuddy
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Matthew Kenney
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Hiking

Tubal Cain trail to Tull canyon trail. Went to see the airplane wreckage. The first three miles of tubal Cain were gently sloped and in good condition. Till canyon is steep and rocky but worth it.

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Tim Lewis
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMon May 27 2019
Hiking

Tried hiking this trail yesterday and got completely lost trying to navigate unmarked Forest Service roads. Ended up stumbling across the Little Quilcene trailhead and hiked it instead. Ended up exiting ONF via Quilcene when we had entered via Sequim and Palo Alto Road. Not fun.

Timothy Turnbull
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HikingNo shadeSnow

Trail is amazing. Great view of the mountains. There is still snow around buckhorn lake. The weather was great.

Leslie Doros
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Perfect sunny weather last Sunday. It was beautiful out in the open at the crash site. Well maintained trail over all. Not a difficult trail. We continued on to Buckhorn Lake. There was still hard packed snow in the slide prone areas above the switchbacks. Definitely on the dangerous side. We were going to attempt Marmot Pass & decided against it due to the amount of snow still up there. Buckhorn Lake was naturally still frozen solid. A couple of feet of snow still on the ground on the way down to the lake. Almost 15 miles from Tubal Cane trailhead to the crash out to Buckhorn Lake round trip.

Travis Hagerty
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Hiking

Trail was awesome. Started at about 930 and made it to the crash site by 1200. Ate lunch and shared some food with the local bird population. Trail was well kept and easy to follow. There was a few icy spots here and there and snow covered the crash site but wasn’t enough to keep me from exploring.

Jim Brown
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMon Jan 21 2019
Hiking

Nice gradual hike for 3 miles, with occasional glimpses of the mountains. At this juncture we went left and the trail got quite a bit steeper. (It also gets steeper pretty soon if you go straight/right.) There is a short mineshaft just off the trail right after the turn. just under a half mile up is an old bomber wreckage, which we missed on the way out. We continued up the valley from there and actually put on snowshoes for a while. Beautiful views on the back side if Iron Mountain.

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Hiking
Joel Young
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Backpacking

Hiked this with my son in September. This is a great hike for all ages and levels.

Ivan Carlson
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Hiking

hiked this about month ago and the trail was not hard the climb to buckhorn lake was long switch backs but well worth the hike just for the views

Denise Driscoll
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon Oct 15 2018
Hiking

Hiked this yesterday with four friends. We loved the hike and felt like it was a great one for a lot of people as the incline is gradual until you turn to head up to the wreckage. We enjoyed it all, explored a cave, saw the wreckage, added a couple extra miles to the trip because we let a directionally challenged person guide us, and still we all enjoyed it!

Richard McLean
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon Oct 15 2018
Hiking

Went out October 10-14 and no bugs but very very cold. If you are going to the crash site it’s very well defined for a trail with some confusion at the top of the ridge where it starts to disappear but stay to the right and you will eventually see the wreckage appear to your left. We camped here our first couple nights. If you are going to the mine we were told it was wet and slippery. The trail to the summits is confusing at mile 3.2, stay to the right and if you end up going to the mine that’s the trail headed left but a large portion of this area has been used for camping and everything looks like a hiking trail. Another item to note is that once you past the Creek beyond the mine camps there is another split in the trail, if you go straight it’s shorter but very steep, if you go right it’s about twice as far but a lot easier especially if it’s wet.

Brittany Furry
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Backpacking

Great trail with lots of interesting old copper mines. Would recommend going in the fall to avoid the mosquitoes.

Krista Kane
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Camping

Hiked this last month. The B17 crash is really cool. It’s a steep hike but I highly recommend. We ended up camping at Buckhorn lake and summiting buckhorn mountain. It’s a gorgeous area.

Jared Keeling
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Backpacking

The lower half of this hike is quite enjoyable, but the upper portion was a bit dry/exposed for my taste. If doing an out-and-back, I would stop at the top of the ridgeline where views are best. The descent to Boulder Camp is good as a place to stay if you are overnighting. P. S. If you intend on visiting Buckhorn Lake, be prepared to face the wrath of biting insects of all kinds. My dogs and I were essentially forced to camp here for a night after we stopped here originally intending to get in a small snack, rest, and shade before pressing on. Despite generous amounts of picaridin lotion and personal netting, we were so quickly overwhelmed by the insects that I had to set up my tent and wait for dusk to even filter water. I'm talking biting flies 1/2" long, mosquitoes that use those as a distraction to get you anywhere you aren't 110% covered in deterrent, and a host of other biters that hardly mind the taste of bug deterrents. Once we were in the tent, the large ones literally began ramming/bouncing off the tent like miniature homing missiles relentlessly until dusk. All we heard for hours was continual buzzing punctuated by regular taps akin to the sound of pebbles being flicked at my tent. They were back by first light as well...

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