Silver Lake Way Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews
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Silver Lake Way Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Brinnon, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is best used from June until November.

5.5 miles
1,712 feet
Out & Back








wild flowers


no dogs

From Quilcene, 1 mile south on U.S. 101 to Penny Creek Road. Turn right and drive 1.5 miles to Big Quilcene Road. Keep left at the Y and travel 3 miles to FSR 27. Go 9 miles to FSR 2760 and then drive 1 mile to the trailhead at the end of the road.

23 days ago

Absolutely beautiful.

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail. Still lots of snow at the top and the lake is still frozen. There was fog at the top too but I could tell if there wasn't there would have been beautiful views. Thankfully I read the prior reviews because I missed the turn on the way down due to snow and started heading up the mountain and realized I missed it. The creek runs along the trail the whole way to help guide you up and down.

2 months ago

I did this hike on 5/26/18 with the vague description from the website and thank goodness the trailhead was in my google maps before turning off the 101 because once you start going offroad, getting to Silver Lake is not marked at all (the 'Getting There" description is helpful if you ever reach a cross road you are unsure about but save it ahead of time because you probably will not have service when you want to reference it). It's pretty easy to see the trail, it's the only one there at the end. The trail was beautiful for the first 2 miles but once we crossed the river a second time we started hitting snow. Luckily we ran into two other hikers doing a loop and were pointed in the correct direction to get to Silver Lake or we would have missed the intersection between Silver Lake and Mt Townsend completely. As a note, when we went there were pink ribbons tied to the tree and that was helpful coming back down to know where to get off the trail. We walked for about a half mile on snow and then transitioned to the trail when we crossed the water again. The next section was dry until we got to the lake which was completely frozen. Luckily it was clear when we first got there but the clouds rolled in and it got foggy.
It was a great hike and I would recommend! Definitely look out for the trees with notches in them, that helped us a couple times when we weren't sure where the trail was but it would be helpful to have them in more places.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Amazing views! The trail is kept up pretty well. The first few miles is mainly steep incline with a few flat spots. Plenty of nice area to stop and rest if need be. We took 2 dogs with us and they loved it.
The trees have notches in them to mark the trail, but other than that there are no signs. About 5 miles in you come to a T in the trail along the creek. Keep right to go to Silver Lakes, or take a left to head up Mt Townsend. When heading back down the trail, it's very easy to miss this turn. You will know you missed it because you will start climbing up Mt Townsend.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

We climbed the back side of Mount Townsend from the little Quilcene river trail head and took the trail to silver lakes from there. Great views at Townsend. The lake was gorgeous, still mostly frozen. Lots of snow on the trail still. Be wary of trail conditions. Worth the scramble over the snow.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

We ended up on this trail when we couldn't find another one; the trailhead is marked 300. The first 2 miles or so are pretty steep, but it evens out as you top the ridge line. The lake is beautiful and worth the climb. There are some spots to camp by the lake, and I think the trail continues past the lake, but we turned around there. Round trip was approx 11 miles. We went in mid August, and most of the trail is well shaded.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Beautiful views of the ridgelines, once you're at a higher elevation. Lake is so clear, the water is nearly see through. Took my (then 7 year old) daughter on this hike and she conquered it!

Monday, July 11, 2016

My brother and I just completed the hike to Silverlakes. The trail was steep and clearly marked well worn and well-traveled. It took us about 3 1/2 hours to get to Silverlakes from the parking lot. This is a good hike for someone who is looking for a single night of camping in the Olympics. The views are absolutely breathtaking

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hiked this trail on 3/5/2015. It was a beautiful hike with amazing views of the peninsula. We started from the Mt. Townsend trail head just before 0900 and hit the junction to Silver Lake at 1100. Parts of the trail had traces of snow and some ice. We headed to Silver Lake about 1115, trekking through a couple inches of snow up to the peak. Once we started down the trail over the peak to reach Silver Lakes, there was ~6" of snow on trail, but not too difficult to follow. We reached the lake a little before 1300. We stopped often to take in the beautiful views. The lake was frozen over with a few inches of snow on it. We headed back around 1345 and returned to the trail head just before 1600. I highly recommend this hike. Take the time to stop along the trail and take lots of pictures.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Did this hike 7/15/14 very hot and thoroughly enjoyed the lake. We saw fish jumping and hundreds of butterflies

Monday, April 29, 2013

This trail completes a couple loop hikes. Parking at Tubal Cain Trail you can hike to Tull Canyon, cross the ridgeline to Silver Lakes and then descend to the road that brings you back to Tubal Cain. The other loop is my favorite. It goes up Little Quilcene Trail to the summit of Mt. Townsend. Then connect to Silver Lake Trail.

It does get used but not enough to keep it from becoming overgrown in places. There are quite a few steep sections where the trail gets tough.

Friday, March 30, 2012

I prefer the view of the Olympics and surrounding area from the Silver Lakes Trail over the Mt. Townsend view. It does add about 2 miles to the hike but it is well worth it.

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