Tubal Cain Mine, Buckhorn Lake & Marmot Pass


Backpack - Tubal Cain Mine, Buckhorn Lake & Marmot Pass

Two night B3 backpack in the Olympic National Forest's Buckhorn Wilderness. Moderate difficulty, but with the challenge of a dry camp. Suitable for new to experienced backpackers, 17.5 miles, 2700' elevation gain. Views, wildflowers and a full moon.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft


We will be backpacking the Tubal Cain Mine Trail, camping at Buckhorn Lake and Buckhorn Pass, with a day-hike to Marmot Pass. In addition to the splendid views of the Buckhorn and Olympic Mountains, the wildflower should still be in prime condition, at least at higher elevations.  Itf that is not enough, there will also be a full moon on the night we will be camping at Buckhorn Pass.

Day 1: Ferry from Edmonds to Kingston, drive to Tubal Cain Mine Trailhead, backpack to camp at Buckhorn Lake (6 miles, 2000' elevation gain).

Day 2: Backpack to Buckhorn Pass (2 miles, 800' elevation gain). Day hike to Marmot Pass (4 miles round trip, 200' elevation gain). Options to hike south on ridge from Marmot Pass to top of Buckhorn Mountain.

Day 3: Return to trailhead (7 miles, 2700' elevation loss).

The camp at Buckhorn Pass will probably be dry.  There may still be snow to melt, but I don't want to count on it in mid-July, so we need to carry extra water from Buckhorn Lake (enough for dinner, breakfast, and the hike to Marmot Pass).

This will be a dog-friendly trip, I will be bringing my dog.  Other dogs are welcome, but please let me know,


Tubal Cain Mine, Buckhorn Lake & Marmot Pass

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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