Silver Lakes

Quilcene, Washington 98376

Silver Lakes

Silver Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"Cradled in a remote cirque on a lofty ridge, Silver Lakes see a fraction of the hikers that nearby Mount Townsend does. Reaching the lakes involves a challenging hike up and over a shoulder of Townsend. There is a shorter and somewhat easier “backdoor” approach, but the longer, preferable route travels a well-built trail loaded with views and seasonal wildflowers.

Before descending, look back east for a great view of Windy and Sink lakes directly below. To the west, enjoy a sweeping view of the Silver Creek valley. The lakes, however, are not visible. They’re hidden behind a small forested knob."

Silver Lakes Reviews

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7/13/2006
Good and steep up and down. Did it with HS kids as a gearcheck/endurance check for an upcoming longer backpack. It was foggy and cool that day so the mountains danced behind fog and mist. We'll go back late August as a reunion and see the full splendor. Absolutely great day trip.
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Trail Information

Quilcene
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
10.8 miles
Distance
3,275 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Mid-June to November
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Features
Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene
Local Contacts
Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S, Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
Local Maps