Marmot Pass - Upper Big Quilcene
Jul 30, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Marmot Pass - Upper Big Quilcene
- Region: Olympics -- East
- Agency: Olympic National Forest / Quilcene Ranger District
- Trails: Upper Big Quilcene River (#833.1), Marmot Pass (#)
- Avg Rating: 4.24
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
I camped on the ridge to the left of the pass. Great spot but at night a male mountain goat showed up right to my tent and scared me. I made noise and hoped it'd go away but it kept circling my tent for 2 full hours! He came around 3:30am. There was full moon so I could see him pretty well. It seemed pretty aggressive because it constantly would try to sneak around me and get closer and he breathed heavily. He came up really close a few times and me screaming and yelling at him, even throwing rocks, didn't seem to really impress him. He finally gave up right before sunrise.
I gotta say I had quiet a night... Next time I'll camp with every body else at Mystic and enjoy the sunset from the ridge but I won't stay up there again.
Oh! Almost forgot! Amazing wildflowers, almost zero bugs, plenty of water along the trail. Easy drive with any vehicle.