Marmot Pass - Upper Big Quilcene
Sep 15, 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
Things to know:
- Mystery is not your last opportunity to camp. There are established sites a ways after at your very last water source, some more in the groves around the meadow/pass itself, and even a few along the ridgeline trails. The ridgeline sites, however, are pretty low on tree cover, so be aware of that one a windy day.
- As mentioned above, the last water source in the later portion of the season is a ways beneath the pass; not terribly convenient if you're camped up in the ridgeline. Either bring at least 3 liters of water a person to the ridge per night, or plan on making water runs. We were told that there is snow up there much of the rest of the season, however.
- This past weekend, there were a lot of hunters, with and without stock animals. Lots of stock animal urine and feces along the trail as a result. Occasional gun shots, though nothing wanton. There were a lot of people in general.
Overall I'd say that this was an extremely rewarding hike for its tame difficulty. I'd definitely come back here, although - if I had it to do over again - I'd take two cars and park one at each end so we could hike straight through.