Mount Zion Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Quilcene, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From Quilcene, north 1.5 miles on U.S. 101 to Lords Lake Road. Follow Lords Lake Road to the lake and turn left onto Forest Service Road 28. Drive to Bon Jon Pass and turn right onto Forest Service Road 2810. The trailhead is 2 miles ahead on the left.
Great in rhododendron season. Very well-graded, pleasant close-up, but offers few distant views, and the summit is heavily treed, you can't see much.
After reaching summit Defiantly hike .5 mile SE to rock outcropping. Beautiful view. This is the time of year to hike with rhodies blooming.
Since trees are now crowding out the view, the main summit is not the destination. Once you reach the summit, two trails lead to better views: one on your left (northwest) that leads to better peekaboo views of Mt. Baker, etc., and one on your right (southeast) that leads to panoramic views of Mt. Townsend, Gray Wolf Ridge, and the Olympics. This latter view is what makes this hike special. If you stop before you get here, you’ve cheated yourself.
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Great place to hike with your 4 legged furry family members!
Great hike. The view at the top is obstructed but if you take the trail to the RIGHT for another mile or so there is an amazing lookout. Lots of angry bees the day I went but never got stung thankfully.
I enjoyed this hike thoroughly as the rhododendrons were blooming. People on the trail were very nice and the view was good despite the growth of the forest.
One thing to note is Google Maps does not take you in the right direction when going to the trail. Consult a map of the area if you are going to use that app. (Or just use the map)
The trail was not busy at all. Began with cloudy and overcast. By the time I got to the top, the sun was out and it was clear. Could see all of Puget Sound and the Olympics. So beautiful!!! Perfect day for a hike!
It seems like every time I hike this trail it snows. I was determined to hike it without snow one summer and when I got to the top it hailed on me. Guess I'm just destined to hike Mt. Zion in ice. I don't really hike this trail for the view, it is more of a forest walk for me. Lots of moss, mushrooms, and rhododendron.
We checked out the directions to Mt. Zion and Mt Zion (historical) according to this website and neither are correct or they are completely overgrown, impassable. We spoke to a resident of 35 years who lives on one of the roads (Snow Creek) and he corroborated this information.
The way to go is:
Lords Lake Loop Rd to the fork at the impound, take the left rd. It becomes NF 28. Stay on this for 5+ miles and you come to the trail head.
Every time we've hiked this trail it has managed to snow. It's a climb to the top but lots of fun and worth hiking.
Could not find the trail, better directions are needed. I drove around for about 45 mins trying to find it and I only found private driveways. IF its there, its definitely unmarked.
The trees at the top are too overgrown now for a good summit view. So you pretty much only get one view the whole time, and that's towards the Olympics....but all you can see really is one small mountain. Probably the most anti-climactic summit ever.
Overall I would say it is not worth the drive, especially the long gravel part.
I've done this hike a few times now, it's a great hike to do early or late in the season. Great for kids and dog with good views on a clear day.
From the summit you have some nice views but a few trees obstruct would could be a grand vista. From the top take a small trail about .3 mi and your view will be to the west and Mt.Townsend. The trailhead is about 11 miles off the highway on gravel roads.. Today while on the gravel roads I saw four vultures having some lunch, a black bear crossing the road, two bald eagles playing over the trailhead. An amazing day.
Difficult hike, should be in adequate shape. Go on beautiful day with clear skies cause the view is amazing :) I went on overcast day last time and completely clouded over. Ensure good footwear, bring your camera and expect to see amazingness.
Well maintained trail, but the summit is starting to over grow. If you head left at the summit you'll go out onto the ridge that is mostly a scramble, but the view is much better. If you head right on the other trail at the summit you'll come to a great rock outcropping with an EPIC view.