Tunnel Creek

A quiet trail that follows South Fork Tunnel Creek on the Olympic Peninsula through old growth forest to the secluded Harrison Lake. For an easy to moderate hike turn around at the old but restored shelter. For a more strenuous hike continue to the lake and scramble to the ridgeline for splendid views of Mt. Constance.

Getting There

Drive US-101 to 1.5 miles south of Quilcene and turn right onto Penny Creek Road. In 1.4 miles where the pavement ends and the road forks, take the left fork and continue 1.3 miles where the road is paved and becomes Forest Road 27.  Continue for 1.3 miles, turn onto Forest Road 2740, and drive to the Tunnel Creek Trailhead (2,400 ft).

on the Trail

Out and Back

9.4 miles round trip, 2,650 feet of elevation gain, 5,050 ft high point
  • Tunnel Creek Trailhead to Restored Shelter: 2.7 miles, 1,200 feet of elevation gain
  • Restored Shelter to Harrison Lake: 1.5 mile, 950 feet of elevation gain
  • Harrison Lake to Ridgeline: 0.4 mile, 350 feet of elevation gain

One-way, Forest Road 2740 to Dosewallips Road

8.3 miles one-way, 2,650 feet of elevation gain, 4,350 feet of elevation loss

This trip may also be done as a one-way hike or key swap by hiking from the Tunnel Creek Trail starting at the trailhead on Forest Road 2740 up and over 5050 Pass to the trailhead on Dosewallips Road.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Trail Running
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous, Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 8.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,450 ft
  • 5,050 ft
Map
  • 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
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Tunnel Creek

Day Hiking Trip
PREFERENCE TO OLYMPIA BRANCH CONDITIONING HIKING SERIES PARTICIPANTS. Trip may open to general membership at
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous, Easy/Moderate
Mon, Sep 20, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
8 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Sep 14
Olympia Branch
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  • Tunnel Creek (Dosewallips)
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