Upper Big Quilcene Trail #833


Upper Big Quilcene Trail #841 Map.

Upper Big Quilcene Trail #833.1 Map.

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Area Status: Open
Marmot Pass, looking into the Dungeness valley.

This 5.3 mile trail travels along the Big Quilcene River through old growth forest and climbs to alpine meadows in Buckhorn Wilderness. Views of the Olympics at Marmot Pass. Please avoid camping on sensitive alpine meadows at Marmot Pass. Use existing campsites and camp on durable surfaces in order to avoid damaging sensitive vegetation. Fires are not permitted above 3,500 feet of elevation, which includes Camp Mystery and Marmot Pass.

Maximum grades of 30%.

This trail connects to Upper Dungeness Trail #833 and Tubal Cain Trail #840.  Please pack out what you pack in.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
  • Notice: This trail is within a watershed that provides drinking water to residents of Eastern Jefferson County. Please follow these guidelines
  • Other know before you go tips 
Closest Towns: Quilcene, WA
Water: Treat all water taken from streams before drinking.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Upper Big Quilcene Trailhead.  
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene Office

General Information


Access from Upper Big Quilcene Trailhead.


Day Hiking

Maximum grades of 30%.


Camping is available at Ten Mile Shelter, Shelter Rock Camp (2.6 miles), Camp Mystery (4.6 miles) and at several areas along the river. 

Horse Riding

Viewing Scenery

Views of Big Quilcene River and vistas from Marmot Pass.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  • Recreation Passes