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Murhut Falls, Duckabush River, Ranger Hole - Interrorem Nature Trail

Feb 09, 2013

by Nutmeg last modified Feb 09, 2013 09:25 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Murhut Falls
Region: Olympics -- East
Agency: Olympic National Forest - Hood Canal Ranger District
Trails: Murhut Falls (#828)
Avg Rating: 2.86
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Hike: Duckabush River
Region: Olympics -- East
Agency: Olympic Nation Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, 360-765-2200
Trails: Duckabush River (#803)
Avg Rating: 3.31
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Hike: Ranger Hole - Interrorem Nature Trail
Region: Olympics -- East
Agency: Olympic National Park - Hood Canal Ranger District
Trails: Ranger Hole (#824), Interrorem Nature (#804)
Avg Rating: 4.43
Hiking Companions
Hiked with a dog
Be Aware Of
Water on trail
Snow on trail
Duckabush River at River Camp
The road is great to Ranger Hole Trail head. After that it’s still easily passable with a 2WD sedan, but look out for the potholes! The road is completely snow-free all the way to Murhut with some small branches down from the Murhut cutoff to trailhead, but easy to avoid or go over.

Photos from today’s hikes to Murhut, River Camp on the Duckabush River Trail, and Ranger Hole are at:[…]/

Murhut Falls – the trail has a little snow in spots and some trees and limbs down but is easy to hike. The excellent drainage work on this trail means there is no water or soggy spots. We were surprised by the number of people on the trail – almost a dozen besides us, one dog off leash, one on (ours). The falls were really flowing, but as there were people smoking at the falls (seriously?), we could not stay to enjoy and headed straight back down. We continued up the road about a mile before hitting snow and turned back there.

Duckabush River Trail – 4 cars at the trailhead when we arrived around 1 p.m. There’s a tree across the trail right at the beginning and lots of limbs and branches down, including a few more trees (most 8” or less). After Little Hump much of the trail is still snow-covered, but it’s only a few inches deep, well compacted, and melting out. We only went to River Camp at 2.5 miles, and the trail was easily hikeable in boots alone. A hiker coming off Big Hump told us it’s mostly melted due to the southern exposure with snow started up again on the far side. I can’t wait to get back out here with WTA in May and work on this trail!!!

Ranger Hole and Interrorem Nature Trails – Oh, my stars! When I was here in January, these lovely little trails were almost impassible due to the snow, trees, and branches down. Mt. Rose Trail Crew went out and voila! All issues cleared, and beautifully, too. The trail is in great condition and lovely with mossy maples and red-brown leaves. Pretty as the trail is, the frothing green of Ranger Hole puts all other colors to shame. It is raging and gorgeous. As we stood mesmerized by the river, a bald eagle flew right over us, landed in a tree for a while peering into the calm pool down from the rapids, then flew off down the river. Spectacular!
Duckabush River trail is still snowy, but easy with boots alone.
Ranger Hole, snow free and much different than it was a month ago!
A bit of snow on the trail to Murhut falls.
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