Marmot Pass - Upper Big Quilcene
Aug 18, 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
- Ripe berries
- Be Aware Of
- Water on trail
Some highlights of the trip:
- We thought trail time of 10:00am was on the late side, but we were able to snag a campsite at Camp Mystery without any problems (campers poured in all day, so almost all spots were used overnight)
- The trail steadily gets steeper all the way to the pass
- Wildflowers!! Lupine, paintbrush, columbine, Queen Ann's Lace (renamed Queen Ants Lace... you'll understand when you see it if you don't already), larkspur, and oh so many more!
- Views. Just views.
- Very friendly campground! Felt like my old summer camp days
- Marmot siting!
- Unfortunately no mountain goats for us
- A natural spring bubbles up above Camp Mystery and provides a perfect creek at camp for refilling water bottles
- Beware, some mosquitoes are still alive and hungry.
All in all, stellar hike!
Until next time... the mountains are calling and I must go...