Mount Walker is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Quilcene, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,057 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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There are two ways to get to the top of Mount Walker. You can either hike, as shown on this page, or drive to the top. This hike is short yet steep, and takes you to the North Viewpoint, then returns down the same trail. Beware that the road to the top is often closed during winter.

hiking
7 days ago

Nice short day hike. Took my wife and I two hours to get to the top and down (excluding about a 20 minute break at the top). Not much wildlife on our trek. Couple birds and chipmunks. Trail conditions were great - consistent, visible, and well maintained. We saw about 25-30 folks starting the hike around noon. Found a parking spot right away. Cool trees, a few flowers, and a nice view at the top. Variety of things to see was a little limited, but other than that, a good hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Hard trail for my family of 4 but we pushed through and the views from the top were worth the hustle.

hiking
12 days ago

Short but steep to a gorgeous view over the Quilcene area. Smooth, wide paths but not a drop of water at this time of year so pack enough for the sweaty climb. The NFS site did not list this trail as closed but signs at trailhead said differently.

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closed
17 days ago

Still closed :( I walked 1/4 of the way and decided I’m out of shape and don’t want a ticket. Good think I left when a did because a ranger was just pulling in. It was beautiful though! For sure coming back

19 days ago

Worth the effort!!

hiking
23 days ago

You definitely get your bang for your buck on this one. Breathtaking views from both the North and South Viewpoints, including the Olympics, Mt. Baker, Rainier, Adams, and Seattle. It's a relatively steep ascent, but nothing too crazy. Lots of rhodies along the way that will be blooming soon.

hiking
1 month ago

Steep ascent, great exercise. Short hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout. Best views are at the South lookout.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed August 2019. Decent views at the top with benches to sit down and a vault toilet. Very steep, like going up a flight of stairs for 2 miles straight. My 8 month old Berner puppy needed a lot of breaks (and so did we). Trail was very well maintained and a great workout!

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snow
1 month ago

Hiked elbow creek to a shoulder on Buck Mountain (all trails does not have it listed, but is across the street from walker). Snow once the trail gets to the forest service road so poles were helpful. Took the overgrown trail at the top behind the radio building to the best views by far compared to the rest of the hike. Better views than Mt Walker (which you could also see, but look right over the top of).

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is well maintained and obstacle free. No snow. Nice views from both viewpoints.

hiking
2 months ago

Steep trail, but we encountered one person running up and down, so it's not too bad. An excellent day hike! Today, the weather was very dreary, so there was unfortunately no view at the top. The cool misty conditions were pleasant though.

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect day for a hike anywhere. Mostly sunny and about 50-55 deg with no wind. Path was well maintained. It’s a 2 mile steep incline to the top. Plenty of parking at the trailhead and bathrooms plus picnic tables at the top. If you are strength training this is a must. You legs will be smoked by the time you return to your vehicle. I was accompanied by my family (wife, 14 and 6 yr old daughters plus two dogs. Didn’t have to carry my 6 yr old. She killed it.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. The trail is steep so be prepared to work for this one. Views on the top were amazing.

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muddy
2 months ago

I hiked on 3/17/20. A beautiful hike, with steep switchbacks but all worth it when you reach the top. A few muddy spots but nothing to write home about. It was a clear enough day, going to the south viewpoint was a must. I'd recommend hiking boots if possible. Next time I'll bring my trekking poles! Overall a heart pumping hike that was much needed!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with amazing view!

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icy
snow
2 months ago

nice workout,

hiking
2 months ago

Views at the top make the relentless switchbacks worth it

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hiking
3 months ago

Trail was in great shape. It may be steep, but if toddlers and dogs can make it, then so can you. Make sure you go to the southern overlook. Much cooler views in my opinion. Follow the road about a third of a mile to get there

hiking
3 months ago

Hard trail. 2 miles up and steep. This my 3rd hike and very challenging. Saw a few runners doing doubles. Hard on the knees and thighs coming down. They say great view but it was foggy and snowing so will come back in summer.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail! Well maintained and easy to identify. Very steep and challenging.

hiking
4 months ago

For 2 miles of Hill it was so worth it

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail for conditioning. Throw on your 30 to 40 pound pack and keep a steady pace for an under 2 hr workout. It's the Olympics though, so chances are, you won't see much except woods and clouds. Trail is well traveled, no stream crossings, Gators are overkill.

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muddy
4 months ago

Great day for amazing views! Clear skies!

hiking
4 months ago

Good workout! Steep, well maintained trail to nice view of Mt. Constance. Cloudy with sun breaks when we went up but no snow.

paddle sports
5 months ago

Fabulous trail in great condition. It does climb 2000 feet in about 2 miles, so be ready for that. The trail leads to the north overlook. Definitely worth also heading to the south overlook along the roads (no trail). Beautiful place.

backpacking
6 months ago

Awesome hike. Well kept trails. The view at the top is breath taking as well as the hike to get to it.

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