Mileage: 11.5 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 3490/6000ft
Map: Green Trails The Brothers 168s, Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
4/2015 I did this hike on my way back home during spring break having visited Ape Canyon, as well. For this trip I drove up 101 from Olympia via Shelton.
The first part was a lovely river walk that got me warmed up for the climb ahead. The snow started at about 3600ft near the Shelter Rock Camp but there were tracks for me to follow. The snow was compacted enough that I only postholed through the meadow below the pass. To the pass, there was a bit more thaw and it didn’t take too long to get to the saddle of the pass on the exposed trail. There was still snow here, too, and plenty of tracks. With Mount Constance, Tyler Peak and the Gray Wolf Ridge as my backdrop, I enjoyed some yummy treats from Kyra’s Bake Shop that I had picked up in Lake Oswego, all gluten free. I only took pictures of rocky Buckhorn Mountain but I knew I would be back to check it out.
Directions: 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.
For more hikes on the Olympic Peninsula, click HERE.
For my trip report all the way to Buckhorn Mountain, click HERE.