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Mount Townsend
pnwhikes > Olympic Peninsula > Quilcene
Mount Townsend Trail climbs steadily throughout its length. You'll reach Camp Windy after 2.5 miles, and shortly after the trail reaches a junction with Silver Lakes Trail. You'll find the summit to be long and flat and yielding amazing views. The Cascades are to the east, while Mount Deception and The Needles can be seen in the Olympic Range.
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
View 7.8 mi 3 / 5 8.7 / 10 2280 ft

User Groups
Hikers, Dogs, Horses

Accessibility
June-October

Permits
A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here

Maps
Green Trails: #136 Tyler Peak
USGS: Mount Townsend
Custom Correct: Buckhorn Wilderness
 
Hike Featured In...
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Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula
By Craig Romano
Driving Directions:
From Quilcene, 1 mile south on U.S. 101 to Penny Creek Road. Turn right and drive 1.5 miles to Big Quilcene Road. Stay to the left at this Y and drive 3 miles to the Forest Service boundary and paved Forest Service Road 27. Drive 9 miles to Forest Service Road 2760. Drive 1 mile to the trailhead at the end of the road.
Contact Information:
Olympic National Forest
Hood Canal Ranger District - Quilcene Office
295142 Highway 101 S.
P.O. Box 280
Quilcene, Wa 98376
Tel: 360.765.2200
TTY: 360.765.2200
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/olympic

Mount Townsend seen from the trail Mount Baker in the distance Mount Rainier in the distance Mount Rainier seen on the horizon A beautiful cascading creek Mount Townsend - From glennamy's hike report on Saturday, July 24, 2010. Mount Townsend - From glennamy's hike report on Saturday, July 24, 2010. Mount Townsend - From glennamy's hike report on Saturday, July 24, 2010.
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