Looking for a great trail near Quilcene, Washington? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, trail running trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Olympic National Park, we've got you covered. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 6 hard trails in Quilcene ranging from 3.5 to 19.4 miles and from 649 to 6,279 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
4 days ago

Good hike, definitely a good workout.

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.

camping
8 days ago

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.

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Beautiful views and wildflowers.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
10 days ago

A very quiet forest! The history of the trail is very interesting and the greenery around the pass is lovely. I felt as though I would have an animal encounter, so definitely be careful and hike with someone else on this one

hiking
10 days ago

One of the most stunning views of the Hood Canal. A lot of wildflowers! Get there early, because parking is limited.

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail! Maybe not so great for little kids.. but the trail is in wonderful shape and the forest is stunning

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail, no one on it. The trailhead is VERY easy to miss, we drove by it. Use the AllTrails map to follow where it is. Very little parking like 2/3 spaces.

hiking
bugs
14 days ago

This is a great hike! Don't let the Hard rating make you overlook this one, it's not that bad and so beautiful the entire way up! We took the road on our way down which made for a 7.2 mile morning.

hiking
15 days ago

It was foggy. We were hoping it would burn off by the time we git to the top but it never did. The wildflowers were amazing!

hiking
rocky
scramble
16 days ago

This is an intense hike that leans more toward difficult than moderate. The first mile alternates flat meadows with moderate inclines. The second mile consists of moderate incline with very uneven terrain and narrow trail. The third mile consists of -very- steep inclines (scrambles) and switchbacks. You are essentially hiking straight up for three miles. I thought the hike to the lake was bad; the way back is almost worse. You have to watch every single step as a slick root or wet rock could land you flat on your back, or worse, down the side of the mountain. Trekking poles are highly recommended, pay attention to every step every time! The lake is very serene and a great place for peace and relaxation. There weren’t too many great views due to thick fog. You can access the trailhead using just about any car so long as you go slow and be mindful of the shear drop off.

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rocky
17 days ago

We did this trail from Big Quilcene Road to 5050 Pass (about 5 miles each way). Moderate uphill to the shelter, then steep and punishing switchbacks after you cross the creek. The view at the top of the pass is beautiful, and there are some big rocky areas great for lunch. We went on July 4 and saw only 4 other hiking parties - this is a great trail if you like solitude.

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no shade
20 days ago

Highly recommend during June when weather is moderate, not hard but is steep in areas.

hiking
20 days ago

Overall, this was a great hike. Round trip: it’s right at 4 miles. The trail is VERY STEEP. I wish I had worn my hiking shoes rather than running shoes. Most of the hike is in the shade which was very nice. There aren’t a lot of places to stop and rest, so be prepared to “just go”. Go early to avoid traffic!

hiking
20 days ago

This trail is wonderful. Steep; yes, but there are not many switchbacks, so you don't get bored. The trail surface is very nice, small gravel and dirt, no slipping on round rocks. Poles will help your knees on the way down. This trail is great for groups who have hikers and those who need a ride to the top. If you are hiking up, don't stop at the picnic tables, walk a bit up the road, where the view is even better.

As a chubby old dude I would put this towards the difficult end of a 'moderate' rating. The first section of the trail is quite overgrown with a lot of Devil's Club (Oplopanax horridus) so long pants will do you good. You have to get through a bit of a muddy area before you start to gain elevation. This was a slow hike for us- it was rocky at parts and about 2 miles in you will encounter a steep grade that boarders on being a 'scramble'.At the top you will find a wonderful lake framed by mountains with some snow still present in July. This was a good place to have a sandwich. Your dog would probably like this trail, but don't be the asshole who lets them off leash! Also there was a mama-bear and cub spotted on the ridge opposite the trail- so keep an eye open!

hiking
24 days ago

Wonderfully kept trail with great incline workout and beautiful lookout on clear days. Not usually too busy and nicely shaded with switchbacks.

hiking
28 days ago

Steep hike that pays off with two great views.

Great trail and a good hike. Took kids and our dog without any issues.

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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snow
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Short and sweet. Great training trail with convenient access from highway.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained. Elevation gain provide a variety of plant life. the pass part of the trail is really awesome. trust your route finder app. trail head is well marked but easy to drive past. I know because we did so twice. All part of the adventure. Enjoy. .

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite view of western washington. So worth it, come early and on a clear day and you will not regret it!

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked from the Upper Trail parking lot, which made it about an 8 mile round trip. All uphill on the way in but the trail is really well maintained and taken care of, so while we were sweating on the way up it wasn’t unbearable. We actually made really good time. On the way down we stopped by the little side trail lake and enjoyed the view of the clear water. Great day hike and no more snow at this point. I was a little worried about biting off more than I could chew but this was a breeze for how much uphill there was. Definitely recommend it!!

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Note about directions: The map/directions link will take you to the UPPER trailhead parking lot--which is actually beyond the starting point that is shown on the trail map here. The *written* directions will taken you to the LOWER trailhead--which is just southeast of the start/end point on this map (you can see the black dotted line labeled "MT. TOWNSEND TRAIL #839" if you zoom in). The starting point on this map appears to be well before the actual parking lot at the Upper Trailhead. Most people seemed to be starting at the Upper Trailhead parking lot, which is where the black dotted line meets the red route line on the map here. ANYWAY... :) I arrived at the Lower Trailhead about 8:30 a.m., and I was the first car there. Hiked the mile or so up to the Upper Trailhead parking lot, where there were a lot more people. There were several other people on the trail, but nothing that interfered with my enjoyment of the hike. On this mile of trail between the Lower and Upper trailheads, you'll see Sink Lake (more like a pond) and what appears to be a woodshed, but nothing that is a "must see" (I just wanted a little longer of a hike). For a "hard" trail, I felt this wasn't too bad. A nice challenge for a 38-year-old beginner hiker like myself, but nothing grueling. There was fresh snow on the trail (we had some nice rain storms the day before at sea level) as it gained elevation, but it was quickly melting (which made it feel like it was raining when passing under trees), and it was basically mud and slush by the time I was coming down. Probably gone by now. Sadly, it was increasingly cloudy (which was predicted and perhaps why there weren't a ton of people?), but I was able to get some good views on my way in (glad I started when I did, as it was totally foggy on my way out!). I hiked to the end of the trail on this map, which really goes past Mount Townsend's peak and to the junction with the Little Quilcene Trail. That meant having to hike back up about 1000 feet. Honestly, there were some nice views on parts of that section, but probably not necessary to go past the peak of Mt. Townsend. (I think from the parking lot to Mt. Townsend's peak is less than 4 miles.) I'm looking forward to going back on a clearer day to enjoy the views that I missed out on this time. :)

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