Lower Big Quilcene


Day Hike - Lower Big Quilcene

This is my favorite winter hike. For most of the hike we are along the Lower Big Quilcene River. The forest and woods are so beautiful around you that you may not want to leave!!!

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
  • Pace: 2.1 mph


1.  For those in the South Sound, please meet at 7:00am  the Narrows Park and Ride, Tacoma, WA 98406.  I will be there around 6:45 am (hopefully) in a dark gray Subaru Forester. 

2.  Others please meet at the Hood Canal Ranger District Quilcene Station,  Quilcene, WA 98376 sometime between 8:30 to 8:45 am.  For those coming from Seattle, the 7:10am Edmonds to Kingston ferry should  get you there on time. 

We will all consolidate into a few cars at the ranger station since the trailhead parking lot is small.  The trailhead is less than 20 min drive away from the ranger station.  

This is an absolutely wonderful winter hike along a river  for most of the way. The forest around you is unbelievably beautiful and we all can take time to enjoy it.  

As with all winter hikes, you may need microspikes and poles to assist with traction due to snow.  Also the hike route may be changed or cancelled due to safety reasons.  (I have never cancelled  but have had to change the route; unfortunately there is always a first time to cancel.)

I often like to do a post hike stop at a great restaurant in Port Gamble so if you drive with me, be prepared to stop after the hike!  :-)


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
  11. Plus any item recommended in the email to participants 2-3 days prior to the hike.
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