Seattle: Big Quilcene Trail

From river valley to alpine meadows, this 10.8-mile hike features a brilliant flower display in midsummer and stunning Olympic Range views year-round.
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From river valley to alpine meadows, this 10.8-mile hike features a brilliant flower display in midsummer and stunning Olympic Range views year-round.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.7

Waypoints

BQT001

Location: 47.8279800415039, -123.041007995605

Head W on trail from parking lot

BQT002

Location: 47.8289489746094, -123.050094604492

First 2 mi. of trail parallel the wild Quilcene River on L

BQT003

Location: 47.8267822265625, -123.065055847168

Fresh snowmelt rushes over mossy boulders and wildflowers on R

BQT004

Location: 47.827709197998, -123.080017089844

Trail passes Shelter Rock campsite on L

BQT005

Location: 47.8252487182617, -123.094123840332

Views W of Mt. Constance (7,743 ft.) and Warrior Peak (7,300 ft.)

BQT006

Location: 47.8216781616211, -123.104164123535

Trail moves above treeline to sweeping vistas of craggy mountains

BQT007

Location: 47.8203163146973, -123.114875793457

Turn back looking SE for views of Glacier Peak in the Cascade Mtns. across Puget Sound

BQT008

Location: 47.818187713623, -123.120307922363

Bubbling brook and lots of tent sites at Camp Mystery

BQT009

Location: 47.8183364868164, -123.132171630859

Flower-strewn alpine basin with magenta paintbrush, lupine, and penstemon

BQT010

Location: 47.8179931640625, -123.133506774902

Marmot Pass (6,000 ft.); vistas of Mt. Mystery, Mt. Deception and The Needles; watch for Olympic marmots

BQT011

Location: 47.8218803405762, -123.135185241699

Continue another 300 ft. for even more spectacular views