Lower Big Quilcene


Day Hike - Lower Big Quilcene

Join the Tacoma Singles Activities Committee for an easy hike along the Quilcene River with views of the mountains above the Quilcene watershed.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 9.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,000 ft
  • Pace: 2.5

Meet at the Narrows Bridge Park n Ride (7201 Sixth Ave) at 7:20 am to carpool to the trailhead.  Directions from Quilcene are as follows:  Follow US Highway 101 south 1.4 miles to the Penny Creek Road.  Turn right and follow Penny Creek Road to its junction with the Big Quilcene River Road; follow it 3 miles to Forest Road 27.   FR 27 for 0.3 mile to FR 2700-080 and follow it downhill for 0.4 mile to the trailhead at 1.300 feet above sea level, where a primitive campsite with an outhouse is located.

Note:  At the fork in the road with a blank wood sign, veer right to go uphill for .3 miles;  take a left after the Lower Big Quilcene Trail sign onto a dirt road  to reach the trailhead.

We'll be hiking on an abandoned logging road through second-growth forest above the Quilcene River.  There are three fairly new bridges and 3 shallow streams to cross.  A short section of the trail has eroded and hiking poles are recommended.  Rhododendrons and wild flowers are blooming and we'll pass by numerous waterfalls.  We will take a lunch break at Camp Jolley  and return on the same trail.  An optional refreshment stop will be at the 101 Brewery in Quilcene or we can stop for ice cream at the Port Gamble General Store on the way home.  Car pooling is recommended since there is limited parking at the trailhead.  


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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