The Little Quilcene Trail is a historical hike in Olympic National Park featuring beautiful views of Puget Sound, Mt. Baker, and Port Townsend. In season, the trail hosts an amazing array of wildflowers and birds. Dogs are allowed on this trail. This hike is perfect for avid and experienced hikers who want a challenging and extremely rewarding day trip!

Little Quilcene Trail is a 16.1 mile out and back trail close to Sequim, Washington. The trail is an alternate route to the Mt. Townsend summit. There is very little water access along the trail, so make sure to bring extra. The best place to refill water is in Silver Creek, a short distance up Tubal Cain Trail. 

Photos: F 5.6 

Pack List

  • 4-5 Liters of water
  • Water pump or steripen 
  • Sun protection
  • Windbreaker / rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Hiking boots or sturdy trail runners 
Show More
RT Distance 16.1 Miles
Elevation Gain 5429 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Expert
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Nearby Adventures

More Nearby Adventures

Hike Mount Townsend

There are four trailheads that guide you to the top of Mount Townsend, but the most popular choice is to begin at the Upper Trailhead Trail #839 (snow permitting).

172 Saves

Hike to Royal Basin

If you're looking for a long day hike or multi-night backpacking trip in the Olympics, add Royal Lake and Royal Basin to your adventure list!   The first mile of trail along the Dungeness River g.

195 Saves

Hike to Buckhorn Mountain

The climb to Buckhorn Mountain above Marmot Pass is a must see for every PNW adventurer with the endurance to tackle nearly 14 miles and 4,400 feet of gain.

145 Saves