Marmot Pass & Buckhorn Mountain

One of the great Olympic hikes in the Buckhorn Wilderness. I takes you thru old growth forest along the pristine Big Quilcene River, then up out of the trees to to alpine meadows and views of snow-capped peaks to the south and sheer rock faces on the north. It's 10-13 miles round trip with 3,500 to 4,400 feet of elevation gain.

driving directions

From US 101, take Penny Creek Road for 1.5 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 27 (Big Quilcene River Road).  In 9 miles, turn left onto Forest Road 2750 and follow it 5 miles to the trailhead.

on the trail

Marmot Pass

Hike the Upper Big Quilcene River Trail (No. 833.1) with a mostly moderate grade for the 5.3 mi and 3,500 feet of elevation to Marmot Pass (6,000 ft). This is a total of 10.6 miles round trip and 3,500 feet of elevation gain.

Buckhorn Mountain

Hike the steeper, rough, open path above the pass for a 1 mi and 900 feet of elevation gain to the top of Buckhorn Mountain (6,996 ft). This is a total of 12.6 miles round trip and 4,400 feet of elevation gain.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 12.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,400 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Forest
    Buckhorn Wilderness, Hood Canal Ranger District (ONF)
  • Parking Permit Required: Northwest Forest Pass
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
  • Green Trails Tyler Peak No. 136
  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
  • Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park

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