Olympic National Park: Mount Townsend via Little Quilcene River (No. 835)

A 7.4-mile hike with nonstop views of the Olympics, leading to a summit on the eastern edge of Olympic National Park.
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A 7.4-mile hike with nonstop views of the Olympics, leading to a summit on the eastern edge of Olympic National Park.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.6

Waypoints

MTT001

Location: 47.8867340087891, -123.041732788086

Trailhead to Mount Townsend, North approach

MTT002

Location: 47.8846054077148, -123.054168701172

Initial climb crests @ Little River Summit; stellar views

MTT003

Location: 47.8785972595215, -123.064842224121

Views to the N down famed Sleepy Hollow

MTT004

Location: 47.8787040710449, -123.067337036133

Start second climb, toward North Summit

MTT005

Location: 47.880313873291, -123.069145202637

Junction with Dirty Face Ridge Trail; views to Silver Creek Valley

MTT006

Location: 47.8754615783691, -123.069786071777

Start of alpine meadows; look for wildflowers starting in May

MTT007

Location: 47.8737182617188, -123.06916809082

Views of North Summit, Silver Creek Valley, and Little Quilcene headwaters

MTT008

Location: 47.8724327087402, -123.064613342285

Side trail skirts North Summit; stay L and climb for best views

MTT009

Location: 47.8727760314941, -123.062210083008

Summit, North Mt. Townsend

MTT010

Location: 47.8675498962402, -123.059501647949

True summit of Mt. Townsend; killer views of National Park and Hood Canal to E

MTT011

Location: 47.8637886047363, -123.060836791992

View down into Townsend Creek Valley and W into Silver Lake Basin; return the way you came