Tunnel Creek


Day Hike - Tunnel Creek

Tunnel Creek to 5050 Pass

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,450 ft

Meet at  Quilcene Ranger Station at 9:30am to consolidate for drive to TH. Earlier meetings may be arranged at Poulsbo Church of the Nazarene P&R lot (9:00am) or Bainbridge Ferry Terminal (8:30am, timed for 7:55am boat from Seattle).

Forest Service staff indicated (May 23) that Forest Road 2740 is open despite being  still listed as closed on the Forest Service website as well as on WTA. Apparently the January report of a washout was either incorrect or else it was minor and repaired by passers by.  Trip reports on WTA do indicate folks are getting through without problems. I have AWD but in my past experience normal cars are fine. On the plus side, since the road has been publicized as closed,  we shouldn't experience crowded conditions on the trail.

Leader will email participants Friday afternoon June 2 with updates and additional details. If you can't make it, please cancel online if within the registration window, otherwise please email leader.

Usual route from FR 2740 to 5050 Pass (2450' elevation gain, 8.5 mile round trip). Moderate pace but would like to keep it steady and then have an ample lunch break at the top with optional ramble up the ridge line.

Most of the miles are a gentle grade along the creek, then one steep but short set of switchbacks to get to the pass, so this hike is relatively easy for its mileage. But we'll very likely  hit some lingering snow. Recommended: micro-spikes or other traction devices, trekking pole(s), waterproof hiking shoes, gaiters.


Tunnel Creek

  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness

    Green Trails The Brothers No. 168

    Green Trails Tyler Peak No. 136

    USGS Mt Jupiter

    USGS Mt Townsend
  • See full route/place details.
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
Trip Reports