By the Numbers
The upper meadow at Marmot Pass is one of my favorite locations in the Olympics having hiked there a few times. The WTA reports suggested the wildflowers were in bloom – perfect!
A good sign for the day ahead, Seattle and the Cascades in beautiful morning light.
The trail is in great condition with only a few wet / muddy spots. The WTA had a crew on the trail as I hiked (thank you!). It’s a steep trail throughout most of the hike to the pass covering forest, exposed rocky areas, and a few beautiful meadows.
The trail starts steeply through the forest along the Big Quilcene River with many small waterfalls feeding the rushing waters. It was a hot day and the forest cover provided a lot of relief from the sun.
Once you hit the scree field the sun really starts to shine but so do the flowers! I spent a lot of time along the trail here and the meadow immediately after taking photos.
Last time I went to the summit of Buckhorn Mountain but the weather was much warmer and I had spent a lot more time shooting photos so I opted to leave the pass and head back.
Along the walk back to the trailhead I marvelled at the massive trees. One tree was almost entirely hollow but somehow managed to be alive with a full crown.
Wildflowers (and a bug)
The hike showcased the variety and quantity of flowers of the Olympics.