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Devil’s Lake near Quilcene, WA — December 1999

By Dawn Corl

Devil’s Lake is located east of Mt. Walker just 2 miles from the town of Quilcene. It is owned by the State as DNR Common School land and is contiguous with National Forest land to the west. The lake has about 12 acres of open water, 6 acres of marsh and swamp and 4 acres of a sphagnum bog. The short trail to the lake (less than a half mile) runs through old growth forest habitat filled iwth very large Doug Firs and Western Red Cedars, Sword, Licorice and Deer Ferns, horsetails and Piggyback Plant. According to Dept of Ecology information, this forest has survived numerous forest fires and includes Doug Firs that exceed
300 yrs of age. There are 2 access routes to the bog. One is on the far right side of a large camping area. There is lots of mud here and it is easy to loose your footing and/or your boots in the muck. The second is a brushy way through Salmonberry and Rhododrendron from about the middle of
the campground. (There was a pink flag at eye level to mark the way on 9/99.) There are rare and wonderful plants in the bog, including Roundleafed Sundews. Predominant species are Marsh Cinquefoil, Douglas Spirea, Labrador Tea, Bog Laurel, and of course Sphagnum Moss. There are also Bog Cranberry, Kneeling Angelica, Bog Violets, Bog Hypericum, and Buckbeans. There are some trees including Western Hemlock, Western White pine and Western Red Cedar. If you are interested in sedges, this place is a bonanza.

Take the Edmonds ferry to Kingston. Follow Rte 104 west through Port Gamble and across the Hood Canal Bridge to Quilcene Road (approx 20 miles from the Kinston ferry landing). Turn right and loop under Rte 104 going southwest. At Quilcene (approx 8 miles), turn left on the road between the Post Office and a realty office. Go 1 block and turn left on Lingerlonger Road. Go about 1/2 miles and turn rt on Leadville Road (well marked and before Lingerlonger gets to the bay). Go 0.1 miles and
turn left onto Rodgers road at the barn. This is a gravel road with several turnoffs, but always stay left until you go 0.7 miles where you will encounter a private aluminum gate that appears locked but isn’t. This is a public road. Go through the gate and drive up a clearcut ridge line with
beautiful views of Dabob Bay. At 1.1 miles from the gate, turn left at the fork and the trailhead is 0.6 miles at the bottom of the hill on the right.

NOTE: Residents of Quilcene have had problems with teens and rowdy behaviour at Devil’s Lake so are reticent to give directions, including the personnel at the ranger’s station 1 mile south of Quilcene! This is a fragile environment classed as a “high quality native wetland” by the Washington
Natural Heritage program, so please step lightly and help by removing any human-generated trash you may encounter along the way.

Updated: July 3, 2016
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