Pyramid Mountain - Kloshe Nanitch

Joyce, Washington

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You’ll drive to the edge of old-growth forest while enjoying vistas across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island. You can experience the old-growth forest afoot on the ridgeline hike to a shack that was a World War II aircraft spotting station, atop 3,000-foot Pyramid Mountain (a.k.a. Pyramid Peak). Picturesque Kloshe Nanitch is a replica of a fire lookout built about 1916-1917 on the brink of a cliff. It provides a magnificent view of the Olympic Mountains and Sol Duc Valley. The original lookout was destroyed in an explosion. The replacement was later moved to North Point, just beyond Kloshe Nanitch. It’s now part of an electronics site. Narrow with blind curves. The 7 miles between Kloshe Nanitch and the Forest Service’s Snider Work Station are steep, loose and rough, and will require a high-clearance vehicle. The hike to Pyramid Mountain is moderately strenuous.
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Washington Byways

by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

You’ll drive to the edge of old-growth forest while enjoying vistas across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island. You can experience the old-growth forest afoot on the ridgeline hike to a shack that was a World War II aircraft spotting station, atop 3,000-foot Pyramid Mountain (a.k.a. Pyramid Peak).

Picturesque Kloshe Nanitch is a replica of a fire lookout built about 1916-1917 on the brink of a cliff. It provides a magnificent view of the Olympic Mountains and Sol Duc Valley. The original lookout was destroyed in an explosion. The replacement was later moved to North Point, just beyond Kloshe Nanitch. It’s now part of an electronics site. Narrow with blind curves. The 7 miles between Kloshe Nanitch and the Forest Service’s Snider Work Station are steep, loose and rough, and will require a high-clearance vehicle. The hike to Pyramid Mountain is moderately strenuous.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Joyce
Distance: 44
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 4.5 hours
Local Contacts: Olympic National Forest Pacific Ranger District, Forks Office
Local Maps: Washington Road & Recreation Atlas; Olympic National Park and Forest
Topo Map: Pyramid Mountain - Kloshe Nanitch Topographic Map
Guide Book: Washington Byways Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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7/8/2008

I have done this trail many times over the last 10 yrs, always in July. If it is not a clear day I wouldn't bother. the hilltop is quite often in the clouds. A well maintained gravel road to a firelookout with amazing views. On a clear day you can see the western WA coast, Olympic Mts., Lake Cresant, the Sol Duc river and everything in between. In July the hillside is covered with wildflowers. There is seldom very many people at the top.

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