Buckhorn Mountain Climber's Log

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InfinityMountaineering03 - Oct 3, 2019 1:25 am

Marmot Pass/Buckhorn Mountain 2 Day  Sucess!

After getting to Marmot Pass, the climb is pretty strenuous but straight forward. Hardly any scrambling needed.

Ian Culhane

Ian Culhane - Aug 23, 2016 6:07 pm Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2016

Via Buckhorn Pass  Sucess!

Camped at 6600' on the ridge north of the summit, then scrambled up both peaks in the morning. Easy class 2 for the first peak, and very loose class 3 for the second peak. Lots of haze to the west from wildfires, but to the south/east we could see all the way to Mount Adams.
Side note: Anybody know why the lower peak has 3 USGS markers on it? Seems like a bit of overkill


Euphonia - May 20, 2016 12:02 pm

Overrun  Sucess!

Climbed as part of a 3-day backpacking trip. Easy trail to the summit, crux was goat management.


Dundeel - Sep 29, 2014 1:33 am Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2014

Marmot Pass  Sucess!

Beautiful day! Five volcanoes in view. Baker, Glacier, Rainier, Adams, and St. Helens. Garibaldi was probably in view too but I couldn't tell one Canadian summit from another, eh. Dayhiked from Big Quil.

Snidely Whiplash

Snidely Whiplash - Nov 11, 2013 3:22 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 1989

From Marmot Pass  Sucess!

Camped at Camp Mystery.


Wollv - Sep 23, 2013 10:01 am Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2012

Beautiful even with Rain  Sucess!

Was raining the entire trip, slight drizzle and nothing crazy. Awesome views of the clouds rolling over Marmot Pass.

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Sep 10, 2012 2:18 am Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2012

Hot day, but fun  Sucess!

Even on a hot day it was a fun hike. Good views of the Olympics.


olymountainman - Aug 27, 2012 10:02 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2012

fun, easy, solo day climb  Sucess!

This is a beautiful area. It's also an extremely easy climb, more of a hike, seeing as though there was trail going from marmot pass all the way to the summit, so dont let the mentioning of class 3 on this page deter you from climbing it. The omcg calls the southwest(highest) summit a class 2, this page says summit is class 3, I call it class 1 with a trail and no exposure. Big Quilcene trailhead to summit: 2hrs 45mins, with many stops for photography, Fun hike :)


CzechMark - Aug 12, 2012 1:57 am Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2012

Awesome but...  Sucess!

Great summit and beautiful views of the range. However this peak, like many others in the range, falls into the same category that I absolutely detest: long, boring river valley hikes. I'm a a person who loves alpine environments and I certainly got my fill today. But the 5.2 miles from Marmot Pass back to the TH was absolutely monotonous. I can only go "Ooo look a tree" so many times. It all looks the same after a while.

IBentryn - Mar 23, 2012 12:41 am Date Climbed: Jul 11, 1994

Southwest Summit  Sucess!

Tried for the Northeast last fall but too windy to do safely. On the list for 2012.

September 8th, 2012 - Took a beautiful autumn day to finally visit the northeast peak, then up to the southwest summit for beer and a spectacular sunset!

Jake Robinson

Jake Robinson - Mar 19, 2012 2:05 am Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2011

Day hike  Sucess!

Good day hike with excellent views from the summit.


gimpilator - Sep 21, 2011 12:06 am Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2011

Buckhorn To Worthington Ridge Traverse  Sucess!

Both Buckhorn summits plus Iron and Worthington. 11.5 hours round-trip. It's pretty gnarly scrambling from Buckhorn to Iron.

A video by Bryan:


pingzingr - Aug 13, 2011 8:07 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2011

Good day  Sucess!

Nice day in the mountains. With the exception of the 3 hours on the scree field. DO NOT take the scree field up, there is a nice trail that goes from Marmot Pass to the top.

fredzurensick - Jul 12, 2011 12:42 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2011

Awesome  Sucess!

When I was 12, I scrambled up the side of Buckhorn while my mom was having lunch on the trail below. I got to the saddle before going back. I've always wanted to return and climb the peak for real, and this past weekend I finally got to the top. Great hike with amazing views.


ShredTheGnar - May 5, 2011 2:41 pm

cloudy  Sucess!

some sweet rock to play on at top


bikejr - Sep 23, 2010 12:48 am Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2010

Buckhorn via Marmot Pass  Sucess!

After last year getting to Marmot Pass and not feeling good to continue I finished the job this time. Great hike, great summit.


rasgoat - Aug 8, 2010 6:45 pm

Nice, easy mountain  Sucess!

Great day out, we saw a goat up real close and a bear from afar. the views were great. Careful if going anywhere near the saddle because we got held up in some class four downclimbing from the summit. The route up to marmot pass and to the summit from there was a pleasure, very fun & scenic.


lidijagrazulis - Jul 13, 2010 3:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2010

Southwest Summit  Sucess!

Backpacked up to Marmot Pass, set up camp, then headed up Buckhorn. Incredible views!!!

robt98109 - Jul 23, 2010 4:46 pm

Re: Southwest Summit


Were you able to see The Puget Sound and Cascades from the sw summit? Is the sw summit easier to hike than the ne summit?

Thank you

Kyle Bissell

Kyle Bissell - Jun 28, 2009 8:06 pm Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2009

Great Overnight  Sucess!

Myself and two buddies backpacked to Camp Mystery and spent the night. We woke up the next morning around eight, had a light breakfast, and made our way up the mountain. It took about an hour and fifteen minutes to get to the summit from Camp Mystery. The views were excellent!

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