Day Hike - Lower Big Quilcene


Day Hike - Lower Big Quilcene

An easy-going river hike through tranquil forests in the eastern Olympics.

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

Plan initially to meet at the Green Lake P&R in Seattle at 6:00 AM. We'll set up car pools and catch the 7:05 AM Seattle ferry heading to Bainbridge Island, aiming to arrive at the Lower Big Quilcene Trailhead ready to go hiking no later than 9:00 AM.

This hike follows the lower section of the Big Quilcene river as it babbles from it's source at Marmot Pass through beautiful first and second growth rain forest to the Hood Canal.

We will hike up the trail until we hit Camp Jolley 5 miles out. At that point we will turn around and head back down to our cars. The hike is very quiet, and there is a great chance that on a Wednesday we will find solitude away from most people; a very sweet chance this time of year to enjoy some peace and serenity.

Our pace will be considered easy to moderate, and we'll depend on our team to stick together first and foremost, managing the pace as we go. We will probably be out hiking for at least 5 hours. The terrain is generally easy, but we will still encounter mud, wet slippery rocks and roots, and/or blow downs.

Please pack 10 essentials, being sure to pack rain gear, and warmer layers for when we stop to munch or enjoy the scenery at the many campsites along the way.

We will hike rain or shine. There is no back up plan if we are forced to cancel for any reason. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail if you have any questions!


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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