Mount Townsend Trail

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Mount Townsend Trail is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Quilcene, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4117 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

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.

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5 days ago

did this hike on 10-14-17 not much snow good work out

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5 days ago

9 days ago

Awesome hike. Awesome views.

hiking
23 days ago

This was a great hike I took a friend from out of town on. It's a long climb, which we did in the rain, so we were very cold at the top. Some dogs also kicked up bees and we each got multiple stings. We didn't regret going and I'd do it one more time in different weather.

1 month ago

It was definitely a tough hike, but well worth the beautiful view !! Definitely recommend this hike ❤️

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1 month ago

Hike was indeed tough, took 3.5 hours from lower trailhead to summit at reasonable pace. Path was steep, but manageable. but the real hardship was the horse flies that hounded us the whole way. Lots of swatting, became distracting. Summit really does have great views: could see Mt. Rainier, Strait of Juan de Fuca. Bugs at the top were winged ants, which swarmed every rock so stopping for lunch was tough, but at least they didn't bite. Did the hike in sneakers, no special gear required (poles would've helped on descent). 1.5 hours return trip.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

amazing views at the top. it's a tough climb in the heat, bring lots of water, Especially for the dogs. at the 3mi marker you can go left to silver lake or right to keep going up Townsend. very few people - I had the peak to myself!

2 months ago

it was a pleasant trail very great view up top was thinking it was going to be harder but wasnt too bad

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Fantastic views, beautiful wildflowers in full bloom and perfect weather. Beware of bugs; Giant horseflies followed me all the up and down, constantly buzzing in my ears, making the experience a little harder to enjoy, but it's a really nice hike nonetheless. Also get there early (before 0830) to secure a spot at the upper trailhead (parking is NOT ample, maybe 20 cars can fit).

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3 months ago

Tough hike but once you get to the top, you forgot how challenging it was since the views are breathtaking. Definitely recommend a morning hike to avoid the congestion of the small parking lot.