Mountaineers key-exchange hike (with Steve Payne) from Upper Big Quilcene TH to the Tubal Cain TH via Marmot Pass. A long day, considering the ferries and miles of forest service roads for the car shuttle.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Bryn Bohanon, Rita Campbell, Jodie Framke, Kim Frasher, Jennifer Law, Brian Lindgren and Rayna Weth.
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Don’t leave Marmot Pass – Upper Big Quilcene off your list of must do hikes on the Olympic Peninsula, and don’t be scared off by the nearly 3500 feet of elevation gain in a little over 6.25 miles. The trail is in great condition and the longest section of steeper trail is only three-quarters of a mile.
Although best known for its namesake mine and the nearby aircraft wreckage, the Tubal Cain trail also offers a pleasant and scenic route to Marmot Pass, a gateway to further wanderings.
From Quilcene drive US 101 south for 1.5 miles. (From Shelton follow US 101 north for 50.5 miles.) Turn right (west) onto Penny Creek Road. After 1.5 miles bear left onto Big Quilcene River Road (Forest Road 27). Drive 9.25 miles, turning left on FR 2750. Continue 4.75 miles to the trailhead. Privy available.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.8278, -123.0408)
From Highway 101, turn west on Louella Road just south of Sequim Bay State Park. In 0.9 miles, turn left on Palo Alto Road. Travel 5.5 miles, then turn right on FS Road 2880. In another quarter mile, turn right again to remain on FS-2880, heading downhill. A sign warns, “Narrow Road. Not recommended for trailers or motor homes”. Cross a bridge, pass Dungeness Forks Campground, and then a scant mile later go straight, following the sign to “Dungeness Area Trails”. Travel 2.4 miles, then turn right on FS-2870. Go another 4.8 miles then turn left to remain on FS-2870. In a mile and a half, cross a bridge, pass the Dungeness Trails trailhead, and drive the remaining 3.5 miles to the parking lot, for a total of 21 miles from US 101. There is room for a dozen vehicles, plus additional shoulder parking. There are no trailhead amenities.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.8862, -123.0916)
NW Forest Pass required.
14.71 miles, 3904 ft. gain, 9 hrs 4 min.