Lower Big Quilcene


Day Hike - Lower Big Quilcene

Moderate, pleasant, forested hike with minimal elevation gain.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft

Meet at trailhead at 1000

If interested in carpooling, meet at the park and ride on Viking in Poulsbo at 0900 -- let me know if you are interested in car pooling.

Directions to trailhead:  Hwy 101 to Penny Creek Road (south of the Quilcene Ranger Station).  After 1.5 miles, bear left onto Big QuilceneRiver Road (Forest Road 27).  Drive 3 miles, coming to a junction.  Continue right on FR 27 and after 0.4 miles, turn left onto FR 27-080.  Follow this narrow, maintained dirt road to the end (about 0.5 miles) and you are at the trailhead.  

Pleasant, forested hike -- much of it along the Big Quilcene river.  

Minimal elevation gain.

Toilet at the trailhead.

Need I say:  Be prepared for rain.

NW Forest Pass required for each vehicle.  (This is a recreation pass required on many federal public lands; your Discover Pass is of no value here.)


Lower Big Quilcene

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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