Mount Zion Trail

HARD 53 reviews
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Mount Zion Trail is a 3.5 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 best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles
1,322 feet
Out & Back

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wild flowers

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.

6 days ago

Did this on an early Sunday morning and were the only ones out there at first. Fully shaded and pretty much straight up the entire way up. as many have said the summit itself has a nice clearing but the view itself is obscured by trees. We continued down a spur trail at the summit that lead us over a ridge and then another landing with a great view of the Olympics. It took us about an hour to get up to the summit then another 15 min to walk over the ridge on the spur trail.

Other reviewers have mentioned not to use Google maps to get there - something must have changed because we had no problems with Google maps getting us to the trailhead (no sketchy, poorly maintained service roads as others suggested).

2 months ago

Easy to find trailhead. I think the directions on the WTA site are a bit less confusing than the directions on here. Anyway, the trail is in great shape. You are in shade all the way to the top. There are a couple of viewpoints along the way that are worth time for a photo op. I wouldn’t say it’s incredibly steep, but it has a few decent inclines. The summit, as the description states, is wooded and lacks great views. However, we took the spur trail heading south and we were rewarded with great views of Mount Townsend, all the way north, and even a peekaboo view of he north Brother. A great place to have lunch. It was a pleasant hike. The rhododendrons are just beginning to bloom. Pretty good day.

2 months ago

The directions from google maps took us down an extremely narrow, unmaintained dirt road filled with huge potholes. The sides of our truck are all now scratched up because of all of the branches sticking out into the road. If your GPS tells you to turn down an over grown unmaintained narrow road DO NOT TURN....I REPEAT, DO NOT TURN! The trail was good exercise but that is about it. Barely any view at all. Not sure where these pictures were taken from but it is highly deceiving. The entire hike was through the forest. Once you reach the top, the view is 95% obstructed by trees. Very disappointing considering I was expecting views like the ones in the pictures. Wouldn’t recommend unless all you’re looking for is a decent cardio workout.

3 months ago

Trail was in great condition yesterday! Took the two dogs with me. The 1.8 miles to get to the top, is a straight incline. Small viewpoints here and there on your way up.

3 months ago

Very difficult for beginners but a great introduction to a summit hike. Was very disappointed from the peak as the view was obstructed and covered in snow. 3/4 of the hike was through snow as well. Do not recommend for this early in the season.

6 months ago

Loved this hike! The trail was in great condition. No snow on the ground, but it did start snowing heavier when we reached the top. Perfect for a cloudy day mid winter. Steady incline all the way up, and not a lot of views. Also, the road just before the trailhead from Port Angeles had a lot of pot holes.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Great day hike! Perfect for two 40ish ladies and our dogs. Only one other car in the lot on a Tuesday morning. Trail is pretty steep in places, but nothing someone in decent shape can't handle. The view at the top was sadly lacking because of all the smoke in the air. If I didn't know where the trail head was, it would be hard to find, though. Turned right at FS road 2800 and from there the roads weren't marked. I recall in the past seeing signage for Mt. Townsend and Mt. Zion, but they wasn't there today. The parking lot for Mt. Zion is more clearly marked for the Sleepy Hollow Trail #852. The Mt. Zion trail head is across the road marked only by a small, white, laminated paper and a small, brown post.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

A fantastic beginners summit hike. You're hiking to the top of the mountain so it's steep, but doable for people mildly in shape.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Continuous climb on the way up. All 1.8 miles. Filtered views from the top. Only did it because it was dog friendly. Trail was easy to follow and nicely groomed.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

limited views

Friday, May 12, 2017

Shouldn't be rated as "Hard", but is a lovely little stroll up a hill.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It's been awhile since I have been on here! I completed Mt. Zion about 2 years ago, nice little hike!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Nice day hike. Quick elevation gain over a couple miles and descent view.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Not that hard and has amazing views if you hike down ether side of the trail once you get to the top. Some times to foggy to see out. Great day hike.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

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.

Monday, May 30, 2016

After reaching summit Defiantly hike .5 mile SE to rock outcropping. Beautiful view. This is the time of year to hike with rhodies blooming.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

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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Monday, August 24, 2015

Great place to hike with your 4 legged furry family members!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

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.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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)

Monday, March 30, 2015

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!

Friday, August 09, 2013

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.

Monday, July 22, 2013

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.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

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.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

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.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

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.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

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.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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.

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