Boulder Ridge and Buckhorn Mt.Upper Big Quilcene Trailhead: 2,570 ft
Boulder Ridge: 6,440 ft.Elevation gain: 3,940 ft. Distance: 12.6 mi. Time: 6 hrs. 75% alpine. Enjoyment rating 5.
Buckhorn Mountain, Southwest peak: 7,002 ft.Elevation gain: 4,432 ft. Distance: 13.6 mi. Time: 7 hrs. 75% alpine. Enjoyment rating: 5+
Overview:For me Buckhorn Mt. is the second best day hike in the Olympics. Only the 19 mile, High Divide, rates higher. From the Upper Big Quilcene River trailhead this is an incredible hike along the Quilcene river to Marmot Pass, where four major trails come together, then another 1.5 miles north, to the top of the southwest peak, the first and highest of the two Buckhorn Peaks. Views are incredible in every direction. Or, if you prefer less elevation gain, turn left, southeast, at Marmot Pass and explore the rocky peaks of Boulder Ridge. Views from here are also dramatic, including a close up of Mt. Constance.