Day Hike - Lower Big Quilcene


Day Hike - Lower Big Quilcene

The Big Quilcene is a lush rain forest filled with mosses in the winter.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft
  • Pace: At times we will move along, with stops

Meet at 145th P&R off 5th NE and just north of the I-5 northbound onramp at 6:30 am in order to make the 7:10 ferry.

On this Mountaineers hike will will enjoy mosses and the rain forest as we hike the trail along the river. We will stop to enjoy mosses draping cliffs along the route and also those on the river rocks. We will still cover about eight miles in the course of the day. This hike is meant as a follow-up to the recent moss course.

Be sure to bring your 15x - 20x loupe (preferably lighted) to identify mosses and, if you choose, a camera to help you remember what you identify.


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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