Backpack Marmot Pass

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Distance

11.5 miles

Elevation Gain

3500 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Ashlee Langholz

This hike offers stunning sunset and sunrise views from the pass overlooking Olympic National Forest. 

This trail has a nice, steady climb that's perfect for beginner or intermediate backpackers. The first 2.5 miles follow a forest trail along the Big Quilcene River. For the next 3 miles, the trail flows in and out of shaded trees, over a small talus field, and through a meadow before the final accent to the pass.

From here, follow the ridge to the right or left and find your camp. If you want to climb another 900', take a day pack and summit nearby Buckhorn Mountain. When you're ready to take off, head back to your car the way you came.

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Wonderful day hike

This is a FANTASTIC day hike and it's one of my favorites in the Olympics. While it can be challenging on a hot day, the views are well worth it, and a 360 panoramic view in the heart of the Olympics can't be beat. Once you reach Marmot Pass, there are a few neighboring peaks that are fun to summit (we've seen mountain goats up here!). You can also continue walking on a network of trails beyond Marmot that follow the ridgeline and provide epic views. The trail is never too crowded and it is easily accessible from Quilcene.

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over 5 years ago

Great spot for a quick backpacking trip. We headed up the ridge to the left of the pass, which eventually leads to a bigger flat area with spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. Incredible spot for sunset and sunrise!

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almost 6 years ago

Great day hike too! I started at about 1:00 and finished before 6:00

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