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Tubal Cain Trail

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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.

Distance: 18.9 miles Elevation Gain: 4,481 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

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.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

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!

hiking
snow
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

hiking
no shade
snow
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful day! The trail is in perfect condition, not one blowdown the entire way. We intended to reach Buckhorn Lake, but there was too much snow for us contend with. The trail to the mine is a perfect hike for people looking to get out and not have a lot of elevation in a short distance. Nice and gradual with lots of beautiful scenery.

7 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

backpacking
Wed Nov 07 2018

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

hiking
Sun Oct 28 2018

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

hiking
Mon Oct 15 2018

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!

hiking
Mon Oct 15 2018

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.

backpacking
Thu Sep 27 2018

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

camping
Tue Aug 14 2018

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.

backpacking
Sun Aug 12 2018

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...

hiking
Sun Aug 05 2018

Great trail all around.

Fri May 25 2018

An amazing trail. Our group goes back every year. Next trip tomorrow can’t wait.

hiking
Mon May 21 2018

Nice easy to follow trail, if you are going to Tull Canyon for the B17 wreckage keep an eye on your GPS some recent tree falls make the trail a bit tough to spot. Copper Creek area is another place to have a GPS out. the trail dumps you in a series of open clearings used for camping and there is no defined place to cross the creek. Easy to lose the trail on the other side. Same with some of the switchbacks, there are downed trees on the switchback and easy to follow game trails to lead you astray. I made it to Buckhorn pass before the trail disappeared under 5ft of snow. Will do again in a few months...

hiking
Sun May 20 2018

Fantastic hike. There are a couple of stream crossings, so I'd definitely recommend waterproof hiking boots, especially if you're going to the plane wreck.

hiking
Wed May 02 2018

Easy hike, gradual incline. Totally missed going up Tull Canyon. But there was snow up about 3.6 miles up the trail. We had lunch next to the creek. Trail was well maintained and easy to follow. Lots of wreckage to be seen.

hiking
Mon Nov 13 2017

We didn't have 4 wheel drive and were a little nervous getting to the trailhead, but we made it in and out without any real hiccup (though we moved sloooowly). The trail was fairly flat and beautiful! It was an easy hike to the first mine opening. Our goal was the plane wreck, which was a steep hike, and far more challenging than the first bit, though it only took about 15 minutes from the mine. By here, there was snow covering much of the ground, and plenty of places where you wouldn't want to slip off the trail. To get to the plane wreck, go around and past the rock that the mine shaft is in to the left. people talk about a sign that is hard to find, but even if you do it isn't clear where it leads.

Tue Sep 19 2017

Great trail to see a crashed B17

hiking
Sat Sep 02 2017

Trail is in awesome shape. Long drive to get there, hike up Tull Canyon and take a look at the old B-17 crash site of 1952. Trail up Tull Canyon is quite the climb, but well worth it. Enjoy everybody!

backpacking
Tue Jul 25 2017

There is fresh evidence of a bear living in the mine shaft above the mine tailings. I came across the mine while on a stroll. I got about halfway back armed with only a cell phone flashlight and a plastic poop shovel before realizing the situation... There is a mine shaft as soon as the Tull Canyon trail breaches off to the left. Plenty of camping spots around the old mining area. Don't forget to check out Tull Canyon! Also, if you have time after seeing up camp, a hike to Marmot Pass would take you 3 hours or so and it is breathtaking! No water after you leave the mining area though..

Fri Jul 14 2017

Fun hike though I was unable to find the plane wreck.

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