Mount Zion Trail 836

Olympic National Forest, Washington

Distance1.7mi
Elevation Gain1,916ft
Trailhead Elevation2,949ft
Top4,262ft
Elevation Min/Max2949/4262ft
Elevation Start/End2949/2949ft

Mount Zion Trail 836

Mount Zion Trail #836 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Forest. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 2,949 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,916 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and a parking. The trail ends near Mount Zion (elevation 4,262 feet). This trail connects with the following: Sleepy Hollow Trail #852 and Snow Creek Trail #890.

Mount Zion Trail #836 Professional Reviews and Guides

"A 3.6-mile round-trip day hike to the summit of Mount Zion. This trail offers one of the easiest ascents to a summit in the Olympic Mountains. From its position at the leeward edge of the mountains, views stretch across the glittering waters of Puget Sound to the snowy crags of the Cascade Range, with its dormant volcanoes rising high above glacier-carved ridges.

The trail does not offer a wilderness setting; Mount Zion lies within the Olympic National Forest and is surrounded by clear-cuts. Hikers may have to share the trail with motorbikes (although the narrow trail and bumpy water bars discourage most dirt bikers)."

"Mount Zion is an isolated peak far from the more popular trails on national park land, but it offers national park–caliber scenery. Though the old fire lookout building at the summit is long gone and trees now block most of the view, savvy hikers know that all is not lost and the former views are still available.

By continuing your hike less than 0.5 mile beyond the summit, you come to a superb rocky overlook with unobstructed vistas that extend across a wide range of rugged peaks and forested valleys. If you time your hike for the latter part of June, you can enjoy acres of pinkblooming rhododendrons along the climb to the top. It’s a terrific one-two punch from such a relatively short hike."

"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."

"Hike to an isolated peak on the fringe of the Olympics to a series of ledges. Then look out upon a promised land of sweeping views from lofty Mount Townsend to glistening Puget Sound. Make a pilgrimage here in June and be rewarded with a resplendent kingdom of brilliantly blooming rhododendrons.

Start on the well-built Mount Zion Trail No. 836, first heading east and soon angling north. This trail and adjacent Sleepy Hollow Trail No. 852 are part of the Pacific Northwest Trail. As you steadily climb, steeply at times, pass through a dry forest dotted with salal and rhododendrons. Mount Zion ranks as one of the Olympics’ supreme rhody hikes."

"This trail offers one of the easiest ascents to a summit in the Olympic Mountains. From its position at the leeward edge of the mountains, views stretch across the glittering waters of Puget Sound to the snowy crags of the Cascade Range, with its dormant volcanoes rising high above glacier-carved ridges.

The trail does not offer a wilderness setting; Mount Zion lies within the Olympic National Forest and is surrounded by clear-cuts. Hikers may have to share the trail with motorbikes (although the narrow trail and bumpy water bars discourage most dirt bikers). The trail is especially spectacular in early July, when the pink blossoms of Pacific rhododendron light up the forests that skirt the peak."

Mount Zion Trail #836 Reviews

4
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
icon8 Total
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
9/22/2016
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).
0
Comments
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
3/20/2010
Awesome trail!!! We will go back when the rhodies are in bloom. The views are fantastic. Our visit was in March and only saw four otehr hikers, but the trail looks like it gets a lot of visitors. The trail is steep in places but not terrible. A few spots to pull off the trial and have lunch/break. Took hubby and I with two dogs 1 hour 15 minutes to make to the top.
0
Comments
3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
7/21/2008
0
Comments
0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars
7/17/2006
The write up from trails.com was all but useless. The directions to the trail head are not clear. Someone should actually go make the hike before they publish. In any event, ended up doing Mt. Townsend - excellent hike...
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
5/27/2006
Easy trail to climb and about the right length for a beginner hiker like myself. Unfortunately the weather was not very cooperative. I would recommend taking this hike on a nice clear day. It was raining, and when we got to the top, there was no reward b/c we couldn't see more than 20 ft in front of us. I will do it again, though. Very clean trail. Also, most of the signs on the way to trail do NOT mention Mt. Zion, so don't think you're driving the wrong way. Mileage from turnoff in Quilcene is closer to 24 miles (not the 17 or 18 listed in the guide here).
0
Comments
3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
4/13/2006
This was a nice trail but not remarkable. The directions given were a little off as we got to the trailhead without leaving road 28.
0
Comments
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
7/8/2001
Excellent hike! Easy 1 mile gradual hike to cutoff bridge with Dungeness River trail. 7 miles to Royal Basin area...pine forest (due to rain shadow, this is not a rain forest area), but nice to hike along the river most of the hike. Overall, a gradual ascent to basin. Plateau's just before basin in beautiful meadows. Here is where the amazing 360 views begin! Several campsites along Royal Lake. Watch out for mosquito's!! Camp here one night and then hike another 'long' mile to the actual basin for 2nd night. Great 2 night trip. Dueable in 1 night though. Can't say enough about the basin views up to peaks above - Mount Clark, Mount Deception, Mount Mystery, Mount Fricaba. Personally, I hiked up to 7,000 foot peak east of Mt. Deception. Amazing views of entire valley below and distant peaks to East and South. Dangerous climb on unstable shall. Experienced or stupid climbers only. Explore the Royal Basin. Worth it. WARNING: Olympic NP Wilderness Use Fees required. $5 per group, $2 per night/person. Call 360-565-3100 if questions. Driving directions: west of Sequium, L on Taylor Cut Off Rd, follow pink flags to Dungeness Area via FR 2880 and FR 2860 to trail head.
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
3/30/2000
The perfect overnight adventure. Royal Creek leads you up a narrowing valley to Royal lake. A jewel enclosed by rugged peaks, the lake is the perfect spot for the weekend warrier. Be warned, snow likes to linger at this magical spot.
0
Comments

Mount Zion Trail #836 Photos

Trail Information

Olympic National Forest
Nearby City
Olympic National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Views, Wildflowers
Features
Olympic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Zion; Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018