Murhut Falls

Beautiful walk through the woods to the falls, which you can begin to hear in 0.7 mi when the trail bends to the left (shown in this picture are the steep drop-offs to one side).

Today we checked out a beautiful 130 foot waterfall in the Duckabush area south of Quilcene (west of Hood Canal bridge). It was an easy hike and a gorgeous waterfall. The trail is in good condition and a great outing for families.

Trail description: The hike is 1.6 miles roundtrip. The last .1 mile to the waterfall overlook has some steep drop-offs on one side of the trail, so use caution when hiking with small children. The total elevation gain is 300 ft, so it is a gentle uphill grade on an old logging road.

Trailhead: The hike is in the Duckabush Recreation Area between Shelton and Quilcene on Hwy 101 on the Olympic Peninsula. From US 101 south of Quilcene, turn west at milepost 310 onto Duckabush Road. Drive 6.3 miles. You will pass the Collins Creek Campground and go over the Duckabush River Bridge. Bear right at the road junction, signed Murhut Falls Trail. The 1.3 miles remaining on gravel road takes you to the trailhead.

Murhut Falls!

Other notes: The Geoduck Cafe does not serve geoduck (it is very expensive). We were curious, though. Does look like they have good bar grub, pool tables and an outdoor deck with a nice view if the weather is cooperating. We ate at The Halfway House – fabulous pies and good food. You’ll pass The Halfway House on your way S on 101 – it will be on your right just before the Geoduck Cafe. It looks like Quilcene has some cute places for us to check out next time, too.

At the lower portion of the waterfall, a steep scramble down from the main trail.

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