Mount Townsend - Silver Lake

Quilcene, Washington

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A 4.5-mile day hike one-way to the summit of Mount Townsend; 5.5 miles one-way to Silver Lake. This trail climbs to the top of Mount Townsend for sweeping views of the leeward Olympics. The route also offers an outstanding diversity of wildflowers throughout the summer, including several species found only in the Olympic Mountains. An optional side trip to Silver Lake is well worth the extra effort. The trail begins by climbing through a montane forest underlain by Pacific rhododendrons. These shrubs light up the forest with enormous pink blossoms in early July. A few avalanche chutes crisscross the forest and host a timberline community of plants normally found at much higher elevations.
Hiking Olympic National Park

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Hiking Olympic National Park

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A 4.5-mile day hike one-way to the summit of Mount Townsend; 5.5 miles one-way to Silver Lake. This trail climbs to the top of Mount Townsend for sweeping views of the leeward Olympics. The route also offers an outstanding diversity of wildflowers throughout the summer, including several species found only in the Olympic Mountains.

An optional side trip to Silver Lake is well worth the extra effort. The trail begins by climbing through a montane forest underlain by Pacific rhododendrons. These shrubs light up the forest with enormous pink blossoms in early July. A few avalanche chutes crisscross the forest and host a timberline community of plants normally found at much higher elevations.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Quilcene
Distance: 11
Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Early July to mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,300 feet
Top Elevation: 6,250 feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: USGS Mount Townsend; Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Townsend - Silver Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

7/10/2006
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Hiked up to the lake on Sunday (7/9/06). It started getting a little crowded in the afternoon, but once you get past the falls it's much less populated. The trail is is very nice condition and they just finished cutting back some of the overgrowth. Parking is tricky. If you get their after 10am on the weekend park before the last small bridge and walk the extra 1/8 mile. You'll be glad you did when it's time to leave. Don't forget your parking pass either, they will give you a ticket!



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