Port Angeles, WA: Marmot Pass via Tubal Cain Trail

Hike the vibrant meadows of the Olympics on this 17-mile out-and-back, passing a warplane crash site and old mining town in Buckhorn Wilderness.
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Hike the vibrant meadows of the Olympics on this 17-mile out-and-back, passing a warplane crash site and old mining town in Buckhorn Wilderness.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 13.7

Waypoints

TCT001

Location: 47.886223, -123.091568

From Tubal Cain trailhead, ascend SE through jungle of rhododendrons, laced with red, white, and blue wildflowers

TCT002

Location: 47.852081, -123.096169

Tull Canyon Way Trail, marked by small mine entrance. Option: Steep, short spur to hanging valley of Tull Canyon leads to B17 wreckage among fir and hemlock

TCT003

Location: 47.848896, -123.102531

Tubal Cain mine and town site. Little remains of this once-thriving copper/manganese operation except heaps of refuse

TCT004

Location: 47.840965, -123.115891

R @ intersection. Option: Turn L for peaceful lakeside camping near the forested shores of Buckhorn Lake

TCT005

Location: 47.838161, -123.126785

Buckhorn Pass (5,700 ft.); observe Strait of Juan de Fuca to N, snow-capped Mt. Baker to E. Good turnaround spot for dayhike

TCT006

Location: 47.836754, -123.127411

First view of Dungeness Valley to W, an old ore route. Nowadays, midsummer ushers in a painter's palette of wildflowers through the valley walls and floor

TCT007

Location: 47.831326, -123.12973

R @ 3-way. Option: Ramp it up by turning L up Buckhorn Mtn. (6,956 ft.), a 3-mi. out-and-back with 360° vistas of the Cascades, Olympics, and Puget Sound

TCT008

Location: 47.818085, -123.133438

Marmot Pass, a route prospectors once used to haul ore from mountains near Copper City. Retrace steps to lot.