After getting to Marmot Pass, the climb is pretty strenuous but straight forward. Hardly any scrambling needed.
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
Climbed as part of a 3-day backpacking trip. Easy trail to the summit, crux was goat management.
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.
Camped at Camp Mystery.
Was raining the entire trip, slight drizzle and nothing crazy. Awesome views of the clouds rolling over Marmot Pass.
Even on a hot day it was a fun hike. Good views of the Olympics.
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 :)
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.
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!
Good day hike with excellent views from the summit.
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:
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.
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.
some sweet rock to play on at top
After last year getting to Marmot Pass and not feeling good to continue I finished the job this time. Great hike, great summit.
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.
Backpacked up to Marmot Pass, set up camp, then headed up Buckhorn. Incredible views!!!
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?
Bad weather but did both Buckhorn summits. http://www.willhiteweb.com/olympic_mountains/buckhorn_mountain/big_quilcene_trail_212.htm