Explore the most popular hiking trails near Quilcene with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

went there August 12th 2018. it was cloudy but definitely a great hike.

hiking
4 days ago

Whew! The inclines were never ending but that’s the joys of summiting mountains! I brought my six year old with me. We did some frequent stops and I put him on my back for a lil bit because I was impatient to summit. He did absolutely great throughout the whole trail. Hit the trail around 10 am. At noon it started to get a little busy. Lots of dogs on this trail, they love it.

The only bummer was the fog. Did not get to see the view. But super proud of my kiddo for completing his first “moderate” hike!

hiking
5 days ago

Did this on an early Sunday morning and were the only ones out there at first. Fully shaded and pretty much straight up the entire way up. as many have said the summit itself has a nice clearing but the view itself is obscured by trees. We continued down a spur trail at the summit that lead us over a ridge and then another landing with a great view of the Olympics. It took us about an hour to get up to the summit then another 15 min to walk over the ridge on the spur trail.

Other reviewers have mentioned not to use Google maps to get there - something must have changed because we had no problems with Google maps getting us to the trailhead (no sketchy, poorly maintained service roads as others suggested).

I did this one with my 2 dogs as part of a loop connecting with Tubal Cain Trail. Shady trail with a good lengthy elevation gain to finish it off. Plenty of water throughout.

6 days ago

great view.....but you can drive up there..

Groomed trail. Beautiful views. Aggressive huge horse flies; bee body with fly wings! Steady climb up. No cover at about 2 miles. Suggest starting early to avoid the hot sun. Beautiful display of wild flowers at 2 miles.

Best maintained hiking trail I’ve been on. Went today and it was beautiful weather! A little hazy at the top but well worth every step up. Take bug spray and use it frequently- lots of bugs. Get there early for parking. Best hiking trail I’ve been on!

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful views. Worth the trek up. Highly recommend putting this on your summer to-hike list. It is a popular hike so preferably do this on a weekday and start early if you like solitude.

Took trail in mid spring after road opened. Terrific views rewarded the hike. Trail crowd was light but topside was crowded with those who drove up. There are benches to enjoy the view of Mt Rainier but I had to wait my turn to sit down and have the snack I packed to eat after the hike up. Furthermore a group of people were chatting very loudly killing the vibe of the view.

This hike might be better before the road opens.

hiking
1 month ago

A lot of stairs at the beginning. The river was beautiful! Very dense forest and we had to climb over and crawl under a lot of trees that were blocking the trail. The trail does not take you to the waterfall and you cannot see the waterfall while on the trail itself. You can see the waterfall from an overlook before getting on the trail. Very nice trail and it was beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Had an amazing time up here today.
Taking forest road 27 to the trailhead is super easy: there are signs for both the upper and lower trailheads. Lower trailhead was crowded on a Saturday morning, but we were able to squeeze into one of the last spots around 8:45am.
Trail is definitely a hard one, but nothing unmanageable and well worth the spectacular views of both the Olympics and Cascades.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike through the forest (hiked 7/7). The trail is well maintained and easy to hike up. I thought this was difficult because of the steep, constant climb. When you reach the summit, don’t stop there; walk the extra half mile past the parking lot to get another view of puget sound.

backpacking
1 month 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.

Incredible views after the first few miles! This is a tough trail for novices, we were pooped when we got back to the the car. But smiling!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike with a friend a few months ago and like all the other reviews have stated, ITS STEEP. You'll definitely be feeling it at the end. If you've got bad knees i highly suggest trekking poles. We werent as fortunate to get the gorgeous views that others have gotten , instead we were rewarded with a ton of fog, and a killer workout!

wouldn't really consider this a trail, more of an overlook. campground ou'd temporarily closed but just park next to the gate and walk in

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike, but not for the faint of heart. It is rated moderate, but is very steep and can destroy someone who is not in the right shape for it.

You'll definitely have spaghetti legs after this hike. Consistent uphill all the way to the top, and a quad killer descent back down. Trail is in great shape, I'm sure the view from the top is awesome when not socked in by clouds.

easy trail quiet and peaceful me and my dog gauge to notch pass and back 6-21-18

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult at times, and really discouraging when you get to the top and see cars and a lot of people.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy to find trailhead. I think the directions on the WTA site are a bit less confusing than the directions on here. Anyway, the trail is in great shape. You are in shade all the way to the top. There are a couple of viewpoints along the way that are worth time for a photo op. I wouldn’t say it’s incredibly steep, but it has a few decent inclines. The summit, as the description states, is wooded and lacks great views. However, we took the spur trail heading south and we were rewarded with great views of Mount Townsend, all the way north, and even a peekaboo view of he north Brother. A great place to have lunch. It was a pleasant hike. The rhododendrons are just beginning to bloom. Pretty good day.

Beautiful and perfect

hiking
2 months ago

This is definitely a harder hike, very consistently up hill on the way up without really any break. It took us a while, but I had our 25 pound toddler on my back and we took quite a few breaks. The view at the end was beautiful, well worth it.

The directions from google maps took us down an extremely narrow, unmaintained dirt road filled with huge potholes. The sides of our truck are all now scratched up because of all of the branches sticking out into the road. If your GPS tells you to turn down an over grown unmaintained narrow road DO NOT TURN....I REPEAT, DO NOT TURN! The trail was good exercise but that is about it. Barely any view at all. Not sure where these pictures were taken from but it is highly deceiving. The entire hike was through the forest. Once you reach the top, the view is 95% obstructed by trees. Very disappointing considering I was expecting views like the ones in the pictures. Wouldn’t recommend unless all you’re looking for is a decent cardio workout.

hard hike

Trail was in good shape even in the rain. Like mentioned recently there are some trail wash outs but they have been repaired and you can easily pass through. Also there is no drop box for the fee so make sure you have you pass in advance.

Good Conditioning trail :)

Trail was in very good shape the flowers were showing off and the river was beautiful there were two slides but the trail has been repaired

backpacking
2 months ago

loved this. killer elevation gains were incredibly worth it! Between our gear and the switchbacks, we were dead exhausted at the summit. The views as you ascend peak through here and there but the top was incredible. plan on returning again soon!

2 months ago

Very difficult hike. Definitely worth driving to the top but the hike is almost straight up the whole time. It was rainy and cloudy when we went so there was basically no view but I'm sure it's beautiful when it's clear. The mileage is a little off-the hike is 4 miles round trip

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