Mileage: 13.5 miles RT
Elevation Gain/highest: 4486ft/6988ft
Map: Green Trails The Brothers 168s, Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
5/3/2016 This was my second trip up to Marmot and first to Buckhorn. Much more snow than last time! Nothing like a midweek hike to make the work week go faster. We took the 7:10 ferry and we’re headed up the trail at 9:20am with micro spikes and gaiters in our packs and poles in hand.
The stroll along the Quilcene River warmed us up and we were in base layers soon. Snow fields on the trail started at 5060ft but they were interspersed with bare spots. The melting snow made for mud on the trail.
We got to Mystery camp by 11:40 and stopped to put on gaiters and snack. One person opted for spikes at this point.
The snow was solid from here on up but there was a melted boot path to follow most of the way.
We made the pass at 11:30 where a few stayed behind as the rest of us made our way towards Buckhorn. The snow was on and off for a bit until the ridge and then it was mostly loose rock and a fairly good path with a few short scramble sections.
Lunch at the top was at 1:30 and we stayed until the wind picked up, with clouds coming and going. The snow was relatively firm and postholing was minimal. We were down to the cars by 4:45pm and on our way to Quilcene for a post hike meal!
Directions: We take the Edmonds/Kingston ferry to the peninsula, head to Quilcene and drive US 101 south for 1.5 miles. (From Shelton follow US 101 north for 50.5 miles.) Turn right (west) onto Penny Creek Road. After 1.5 miles bear left onto Big Quilcene River Road (FR 27). Drive 9.25 miles, turning left on FR 2750. Continue 4.75 miles to the trailhead. Privy available.