Mount Townsend Trail

HARD 75 reviews
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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.

11.6 miles
4117 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


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.

3 days ago

Went up the Saturday before Father's Day, it was a pretty foggy day. Got to the trailhead around 10AM and the lot was full with cars already starting to park along the sides outside of the lot. We took it pretty easy on our way up & it took us about 5hrs roundtrip. By the time we got to the summit there were quite a bit of people continuing up the hill & already on the summit...lucked out and had enough of a window to catch some views before the rain rolled in. Still snow along the trail, but not on it; made the dog happy. :)

Would like to go back on a clear day and take advantage of the full views from the summit that were covered in clouds. Trail was pretty heavily populated, definitely a good idea to get to the trailhead early.

5 days ago

5 days ago

Beautiful hike. Wildflowers and view from the summit are a highlight.

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29 days ago

Loved it!!! Never hiked through snow before which was tough but the view was one of the best I've ever seen!

1 month ago

2 months ago

Well traveled and simple to follow all the way to summit.

3 months ago

Hiked it in November of 2016, easy to drive to and no snow or ice to worry about. The hike itself was a lot of fun! It is definitely hard and will have you sweating but the views at the top are well worth it! Also it was very cold and windy at the top so layer your clothing to take off on the way up and put back on once you're up there.

7 months ago

8 months 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!

8 months ago

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

Great hike

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