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Mount Duckabush

Mount Duckabush

Mount Duckabush

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 47.63190°N / 123.3544°W

Object Title: Mount Duckabush

Elevation: 6250 ft / 1905 m


Page By: OlympicMtnBoy

Created/Edited: Aug 20, 2004 / Dec 22, 2013

Object ID: 152975

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Lake Lacrosse and Mt Duckabush

Mount Duckabush is a beautiful peak in the southeast area of Olympic National Park. Along with Mount Steel it guards the head of the Skokomish and Duckabush River valley's. The main fork of Upper O'neil Creek drains from its western flanks into the Enchanted Valley below to the west. It is located about 18 miles into the heart of the Olympic Mountains between the Duckabush, North Fork of the Skokomish and Quinault River systems. It's gently sloping western ridge gives way to a jagged ridge of steep summits, of which "west peak" is the highest. Becuase of it's rural location it is rarely climbed. The easiest route is a short drop and ascent from Marmot Lake 21.3 miles from the Duckabush River trailhead. The rock is frail, and caution should be taken, as always, when climbing in the Olympics.

It has dominating views of O'neil Peak to the southwest, Bumbershoot Peak to the south and east, and Mt Steel to the east, as well as the lovely LaCrosse Basin to the north. Mt Anderson's noble head, along with West Peak, stand out above the basin to the north.

Getting There

Mount Duckabush Sunset
Mt Duckabush at sunset from Mt Skokomish

Mount Duckabush is located at the head of Nine Stream on the North Fork of the Skokomish river, above O'neil Creek and at the head of the Duckabush River. It is a mile to the south and west of Mount Steel. The trails in to the base of Duckabush include the North Fork of the Skokomish trail, The Duckabush River Trail and the combined trails of the Enchanted Valley and O'neil Pass. Follow U.S. Highway 101 to Hoodsport and turn left at the Lake Cushman Recreation/Staircase sign. To go in by way of the Duckabush River drive north on 101 past Eldon until the turn off to the Duckabush River campground is reached.

Red Tape

Beautiful tarn beneath Mt Duckabush

Olympic National Park has a 10 dollar entrance fee as well as 5 dollars per night. Follow the rules of the park for minimal impact on the environment. Parking is free at trailheads.

When To Climb

Mount Duckabush in the early...
Mount Duckabush in the early morning light from the western flanks of White Mountain~August 14, 2004~
Early July through early October is the best time to climb. The mountain is harder to reach in winter since it recieves heavy snow in the area, but river trails are usually open and free from snow in winter time.


Mount Duckabush above the...
Mt Duckabush from Marmot Lake

The nearest camping areas are at the Home Sweet Home Campground, Marmot Lake, Hart Lake or Nine Stream. Olympic National Park charges 2 dollars a night for overnight camping. However, other off-trail areas exist in the small tarns around the Hart Lake and LaCrosse Basin areas, giving exceptional views of Mt Duckabush from their calm waters.

Mountain Conditions

The Olympic National Park website and Ranger Stations provide up to date info on trail and mountain conditions.