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Upper Duckabush

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal
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Length

16.1 miles, one-way

Elevation

Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4950 ft.

Rating

3.60 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2019
 
 
 

The Duckabush River trail spans two land management agencies -- the US Forest Service and the National Park service. The first 6.2 miles of the trail weaves through Olympic National Forest. It's a popular early season backpack and a frequent site for WTA work crews. The upper section, in Olympic National Park, melts out much later, but provides a gateway to gorgeous backpacking destinations.

At 6.2 miles, hikers reach the boundary with Olympic National Park. It's 16.1 miles from here to O'Neil Pass, with nearly 3500 feet of elevation gain on the way there. Along the way, you'll pass the the LaCrosse Basin junction and continue on the Upper Duckabush.

About a mile from the intersection with LaCrosse Pass you will arrive at the end of the Duckabush Trail. There are a variety of options from here: Hart Lake, Marmot Lake, or even further on, down into Enchanted Valley via Anderson Pass.

 

Upper Duckabush

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.6843, -123.0403 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

Duckabush River (#803)

Olympic National Park

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Getting There

From Quilcene, drive south on US 101 for 15 miles, and turn west where a large sign indicates Duckabush Recreation Areas. Continue six miles down this road, though the pavement ends. At 3.6 miles. You will pass a large campground five miles in, this is Collins Campground.

Six miles in, there is a sign for a horse parking area on the right. Go past this parking area and bear right uphill onto Forest Road 2510-060, which is not well signed, and find the trailhead in 0.1 miles. Facilities are available at the trailhead, and there is room for about 20 cars.

 

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