CHS 1 Hike - Lower Big Quilcene

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Lower Big Quilcene

The moss-lined route which follows the Lower Big Quilcene River starts on an old roadbed through younger forest and then winds past large old-growth cedars. Blooming rhododendrons should add vibrant color to this hike! Hike at CHS1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph).

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 -2.0 mph

Leave the Mountlake Terrace Center  Park & Ride  at 630am in order to carpool and meet the 7:10am Edmonds Ferry.  Alternatively, meet at the Hood Canal Ranger District Quilcene Station at 8:30am. We expect to stop at Quilbilly in Quilcene for an outside after hike social and take an evening ferry back from Kingston.

The hike will go for a short distance after cossing the bridge over the Lower Big Quilcene River at Camp Jolley.


Lower Big Quilcene

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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