Mount Townsend Trail is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Quilcene, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.5 miElevation gain3,090 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsSnow
Description
Waypoints (0)
Facilities
Contact
Getting There

No pass is required.

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

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.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (579)
Photos (1,045)
Activities (441)
Completed (1,235)
View user's profile page
Lucas Heart
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 3, 2021
RunningNo shade

Hiked up / ran down summer 2020. Up is steady. The top is nice - like a rolling meadow island in the sky.

View user's profile page
AllTrails User
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 27, 2021
Hiking

Let's start with the drive up. it was pretty clear till you get to break off from the upper and lower trail head. where it gets deeper than it looks. The climb... well let's just say it was great. We came with polls and snowshoes which worked great. However be prepared on the upper part to do some forceful shoe kicks in the snow to get your footing. We held a fast pace and were setting the trail most if not the whole time for today. Started our hike roughly around 9am and we're back from the peak to the car around 3pm.

View AllTrails's activity
View user's profile page
Katie Eberling
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 18, 2021

Epic hike up Mount Townsend today. Started .5 miles from Lower Trail due to serious snow on the road. Spikes were needed at the start and we transistioned to snowshoes on reaching the first meadow. There's significant snow up there that was good quality today but we stopped two switchbacks shy of the Silver Lakes junction as the traverse had become too dangerous to proceed further without crampons and ice axes. Saw a bobcat on the way out. We set great tracks down in virgin snow but all that work will be lost due to snow starting tomorrow.

View user's profile page
Katie Eberling
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 17, 2021
Hiking
View Katie's activity
View user's profile page
Hayden Reeve
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 14, 2021
SnowshoeingGreat!Snow

3/13 Main road was clear most of the way. We parked at the turn off to the upper trailhead and hiked in. Glad we did as the last 0.7 miles is pretty much impassable (a Polaris off roader got stuck). Lots of snow. Micro-spikes were ideal for the first mile or two of the main trail, then snow shoes were needed. Turned around just before Windy camp. Great day.

View user's profile page
Grann Steele
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 8, 2021
SnowshoeingIcySnow

3/6/21 The main road is clear to the lower trail head. There is a lot of snow up here. We did not make the summit we made it to Windy Meadows. There was 2 feet of fresh powder very slow and difficult conditions.   snowshoes are needed

View user's profile page
Paul Carter
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 5, 2021
HikingSnow

3/3/21 Road was okay for 4wd with clearance (Rav4) up to last junction to trailhead. Parked there. Decent trail. About 1-1/2hours in we headed straight up the chute. Fairly windy on top. Had a couple nice slides on our butts w/ rain pants on the way down. Used micro spikes for the trail back down.

View user's profile page
Katelyn Younger
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 23, 2021
Hiking

We got to the upper trailhead at 10am to find 5 cars in the parking lot. The road in was easily doable with my Hyundai Santa Fe. The trail is very slippery almost immediately with ice and packed snow, I walked up no problem with only my micro spikes. My friend had issues using poles and no micro spikes at the beginning but persevered and made it to the top. 1/3 of the way up you will be on snow. Don’t forget your gators/snow pants! We did some glissading down. I’d recommend an ice axe to do that. The views were spectacular!

View Katelyn's activity
View user's profile page
Katie Eberling
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 19, 2021
Hiking
View Katie's activity
View user's profile page
Jamie Schnuck
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 18, 2021
HikingIcySnow

Parked at the lower trail head, roads were clear we made it in a Toyota Camry no problem. First 2/3 of trail were clear, with about 2 miles to top we put on our spikes and were glad to have them as rest of hike to summit is all snow/ice. Mostly packed but some places would sink into about knee depth in snow. Beautiful clear skies at summit!! Absolutely worth it. Coming down you can use the trail or turn yourself into a human sled and slide down the open snow hills! Great hike overall!

View user's profile page
Justin Roulanaitis
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 1, 2021
HikingSnow

Super popular hike and for good reason. it is breathtaking at the top if you are willing to put in the work. First half of the trail was slush ice and put the snowshoes on at about 4500 ft. shoes weren't necessarily needed but definitely made it up easier than the 6 others that climbed today. yaktraks or micro spikes highly recommended! fresh cougar tracks on the way down that weren't present on the ascent.

View user's profile page
Jared Payne
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 28, 2020
HikingGreat!

Wonderful hike. Amazing views on a clear day. Don’t bother if it’s hazy/cloudy or you will miss all the views. Summit has plenty of good spots for a lunch break.

View user's profile page
John Morrissey
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 27, 2020
Hiking

Last time on this trail for the year. About 2ft of snow on parts near the top. Road was dicey on the way to the trailhead. Little too icy. Be sure to use chains.

View John's activity
View user's profile page
Sarah Kohan
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 25, 2020
HikingIcySnow

Backpacked on 12/23. Absolutely gorgeous day with view of the whole sound. Very glad we had micro spikes because I’m not sure we could have done without. Attempted to take the path to Silver Lakes but there was no visible path so we turned around and decided to summit Townsend. We set up camp by the lower lake and it was amazing!

View user's profile page
Russell Friesen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarDecember 24, 2020
Hiking

snow and need of spikes. may not be possible to hike much longer if more snow comes

View Russell's activity
View user's profile page
Grann Steele
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 16, 2020
HikingGreat!IcySnow

It was a beautiful hike I went on Monday December 14. The road was icy to get to the trail head. The trail conditions were good, near the top there was about 8 inches of snow in spots. I had snow shoes with me but they were not necessary. I only put them on because of some post holing in spots. But they were not necessary to get to the top.

View user's profile page
Matthew Romcevich
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 12, 2020
Hiking

Great thigh burner, fairly constant grade, and wonderfully maintained trail. There were only a few step ups, mostly smooth ramp like trail. Some snow up higher, micro spikes were helpful. It was a clear day so we saw Baker, Rainier, Adams, and Helens. what a treat.

View Matthew's activity
View user's profile page
Mitchell LaCasse
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 12, 2020
Hiking
View Mitchell's activity
View user's profile page
Julia Marie
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 6, 2020
HikingGreat!IcySnow

N in hh12/5/20 Beautiful day! The road was fine until the last 1.5 miles. We have a sedan and absolutely needed tire chains to make it to the trailhead. There were some SUVs who made it without chains but I wouldn’t risk it. The hike itself was snow free for the first mile ish. We did not have micro spikes and we were fine but they would’ve made the hike easier. Poles were helpful. It was super windy at the top but so beautiful and clear! On the way down we were able to glissade a little which was a blast!

View user's profile page
Christy Marie
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 6, 2020
HikingGreat!Icy

Mt.Townsend is magical. It is worth the drive out. Tip: The road right now is pretty bare UNTIL the last mile. Park on the side of the road below the, err, ice rink hill unless you've got chains and awd. And even then some cars still struggled. It's about .08 mile from the trailhead but worth it for the peace of mind. There were many close calls. Previous reviews at WTA have mentioned the same thing.

View user's profile page
Sarina Berntson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 5, 2020
HikingIcySnow

Definitely a challenge, especially in the snow. I did it without hiking poles but I would definitely recommend because it got pretty slippery and the snow made the trail a bit smaller. When driving up, the lower Mount Townsend trailhead road is blocked off by a giant fallen tree so just beware of that. Super awesome hike though :)

Showing results 1 - 21 of 579