The trailhead is at the old Big Quilcene Campground (primitive). Facilities include a picnic table and fire pit, spaces for tents, and a vault toilet. Additional area for camping can be found along the trail, as well as at the end of the trail and at the trailhead to the Upper Big Quilcene Trail. The entire hike is through typical northwest forest along the Big Quilcene River. This is an excellent hike in spring and early summer. Fishing opportunities exist.
Pickup could be made at FS Road 2750 at the Upper Big Quilcene Trailhead.
This trail is recommended for all users, particularly pack and saddle stock, mountain bikes, and motorbikes.
Directions: From Quilcene, Take US Highway 101 south for 1 mile to Penny Creek Road on the right. Follow Penny Creek Road staying left at the "Y" (mile 1.4) to the Forest Service boundary and paved Forest Service Rd 27. Continue on FS 27 another 1.5 miles to FS Rd 080. Turn left onto 080 and follow it for .5 miles to the trailhead.
Elevation: 1,200 feet
Ending Elevation: 2,500 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet
Distance: 6.2 miles
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