Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Buckhorn Wilderness Loop

Experience the dry side of the Olympic Mountains, visit the crash site of a 1952 B-17 bomber, and climb a few viewful peaks along the way. This route has amazing views, surprisingly runnable sections of trail, and an excellent cross-country route from Tull Canyon to Silver Lake that ties the whole loop together.

Distance: 26-ish miles if you skip Buckhorn Mountain, which you shouldn't, and 27-or-so if you don't.

Elevation Gain: Approximately 8,500' without Buckhorn Mountain and 9,400' with.

Maps and More:

Overview Map:

Overview map at the trailhead

Looking west from Marmot Pass

Buckhorn Mountain on the right

Looking west during the descent off Buckhorn Mountain

Looking back at Buckhorn Mountain

Looking down towards Silver Lake along the high route

Looking back towards Hawk Peak along the high route

Descend this talus field towards Silver Lake

North from Mount Townsend

Looking north with Dirty Face Ridge barely above the clouds

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