Day Hike - Lower Big Quilcene


Day Hike - Lower Big Quilcene

The Big Quilcene is a lush rain forest filled with mosses in the winter. This trip is a follow-up to recent hikes to Wallace Falls and the Sauk River and is meant to give those interested in mosses a chance to learn and enjoy.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,500 ft

Meet at the Quilcene Ranger Station  one mile south of  Quilcene on 101 at 9:15 AM. If riding the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry, the 7:55 ferry will get you to the R.S. easily by the scheduled time. Some of us will be able to carpool assuming we are fully vaccinated.

On this Mountaineers hike we 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. Despite stops we'll still cover about eight miles in the course of the day, although snow could stop us in the upper reaches. This hike is meant as a follow-up to the recent moss course. If you attended the moss course, be sure to bring your class books.

Be sure to bring your 20x - 30x loupe (preferably lighted) to identify mosses, and better yet, a camera to help you remember what you identify.

The leaders preference is to use a camera with macro capability for identification. In any case this is a beautiful and easy hike.


Lower Big Quilcene

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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