Mount Zion Trail

OutAndBack • 3.25 mi • 1300 ft

This short but steep trail climbs 900 feet per mile through tree-size rhododendrons to a summit with a big view. Children will like the challenge of climbing a little mountain and they can be proud of the view they have earned: north to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Mount Baker, and Discovery Bay; south to the skyscrapers of Seattle; and west to Port Townsend, the Dungeness Valley, and into the heart of the Olympic Mountains. The site of a former lookout, Mount Zion has a trail that varies from steep to very steep. Large steps are like waterbars. This trail is open to motorcycles, but we have never encountered any or even seen their tracks. Plan your trip for mid-June, when walking through and under the pink native rhododendron blossoms reminds one of walking through a tropical forest.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Quilcene
Length: 3.25 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult for children
Duration: Day hike
Season: May to October
Trailhead Elevation: 2,950 feet
Top Elevation: 4,250 feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 136 Tyler Peak; USFS Olympic National Forest
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Light traffic on moderate trail for weekday. Steady climb on well maintained trail. View blocked at top by trees. Had to follow unmarked trail off to left (north) to find rugged ridgeline for unobstructed views to east of Sound. Very steep either side. Not recommended for children. Ledge mentioned in writeup to south has magnificent views of Olympics to west. Had no trouble finding parking lot. Google maps took me straight to trailhead. But unless you have GPS saved for the area, the phone ap won't take you home again (no service).

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