Camping is available at Ten Mile Shelter at the trailhead, Silver Rock Camp, Camp Mystery, and at several areas along the river. The trail follows the river and then accesses higher back country through subalpine forests, rocky meadows, and stands of silver fir and western hemlock. The area is beautiful in late spring and early summer, with multitudes of blooming rhododendrons at lower elevations and numerous species of mountain wildflowers up high. Magnificent views are scattered throughout the Marmot Pass area.
The trail junctions with Tubal Cain Mine Trail #840 and the Dungeness Trail #833. Pickup could be made by taking the Tubal Cain Trail at Marmot Pass to Forest Service Rd 2860 or by taking the Dungeness Trail to Forest Service Rd 2860.
Water may be scarce in the higher elevations. Pack and saddle stock permitted.
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 7.5 miles to the intersection with FS Rd 2750. Follow 2750 for another 4.7 miles to the Upper Big Quilcene Trailhead.
Elevation: 2,500 feet
Ending Elevation: 6,000 feet
Elevation Gain: 3,500 feet
Distance: 5.3 miles
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