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.

Getting There

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 (5,950 ft)

10.6 miles round trip, 3,500 feet of elevation gain

Hike the Upper Big Quilcene River Trail (No. 833.1) with a mostly moderate grade for the 5.3 miles and 3,500 feet of elevation to Marmot Pass (5,950 ft).

Buckhorn Mountain (6,996 ft)

12.6 miles round trip, 4,400 feet of elevation gain

Hike the steeper, rough, open path above the pass for a 1 mile and 900 feet of elevation gain to the top of Buckhorn Mountain (6,996 ft).

  • 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
  • 6,996 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
Map
  • Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
  • Green Trails Tyler Peak No. 136
  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
  • Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
Activities

Upcoming Activities

CHS Tacoma September Graduation Hikes - Marmot Pass

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Trip will open for registration
Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Sun, Sep 12, 2021
No Prerequisites
8 participants
Registration opens Aug 15
Tacoma Branch

CHS Tacoma September Graduation Hikes - Marmot Pass

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Trip will open for registration
Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Sat, Sep 18, 2021
No Prerequisites
8 participants
Registration opens Aug 15
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Marmot Pass

Day Hiking Trip
PREFERENCE TO OLYMPIA BRANCH CONDITIONING HIKING SERIES PARTICIPANTS. Trip may open to general membership at
Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Sat, Sep 25, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Sep 20
Olympia Branch
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  • Buckhorn Mountain
  • Marmot Pass
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