Mount Townsend Trail

HARD 45 reviews
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Mount Townsend Trail is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near quilcene, WA that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from June until November.

11.6 miles 4089 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Quilcene: Travel one mile south, then turn right onto Penny Creek Road. Follow Penny Creek for 1.4 miles, staying left at the Y, and continue to the Forest Service boundary and paved FS Road 27. Proceed on FS 27 for another 10.6 miles to FS 2760. Follow FS 2760 for .7 miles to the trailhead. There is ample parking.

1 month ago

Went with 3 friends on a clear morning. Beautiful woods on the way up with a couple spots with good views at clearings. The peak was breathtaking. Mountains to one side and the canal on the other. Awesome view of Mt. Rainer on a clear day!

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent foliage, views, trail adventure, and solitude leading to the spacious summit with terrific views all around.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike

3 months ago

3 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

Absolutely amazing. would highly recommend camping out and watching the sun rise- absolutely breathtaking!

backpacking
4 months ago

Well maintained trail. This was a difficult trail for me as it goes up and up and up. The first 1.5 were tough then you hit the switch backs which were a bit easier. The horse flies were ridiculous. I got bit half a dozen times. Views were incredible and well worth the trudge up the mountain.

hiking
4 months ago

Mount Townsend was absolutely breathtaking! We climbed through the clouds the majority of the hole, but when we reached the ridge and peaked through them, the views were absolutely breathtaking. I hiked with my best friend, and neither of us are expert or seasoned hikers. It took us about three hours to go up and an hour down. We hung out at the summit for two hours and the clouds cleared for the most part. I would love to hike this trail again!

4 months ago

Fabulous trail with amazing views. Has about the same average elevation gain per mile as Mt. Si until you reach the ridge at about 3.5 miles.

hiking
4 months ago

Difficult hike but great views from the summit

hiking
5 months ago

It's amazing, a little easier then mailbox trail; but the view is amazing as well. Will go back over and over again.

hiking
5 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

Incredible incredible trail. Absolutely gorgeous. Did a 3 day backpacking trip, but also saw plenty of people doing it as a day hike! The first few miles of the trail are very strenuous and took a toll on my agile 20 year old body, it's very much for experienced hikers/backpackers only!

hiking
7 months ago

Just a few snow patches remain below the ridge. Great views.
It's only about 8 miles roundtrip and 3000 ft elevation gain from the upper trailhead.

7 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

We've done Mt. Townsend twice now and will be back again once the rhodies start blooming. A fairly good climb, but the views at the top are absolutely amazing. You'll feel like you're in "The Sound of Music."

We posted video from our most recent hike here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6FGuebHJDQ

11 months ago

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Backpacked this over 3 days/2 nights with a group from University of Puget Sound. Absolutely gorgeous area! Stayed overnight at Camp Windy and Silver Tip Lake.