Why Hike This Trail?
With views of Seattle, Sequim, Port Angeles, and both the Cascade and Olympic Mountain Ranges, it is hard to find a more accessible mountain to climb than Mount Townsend. Standing just above 6,000ft, this tree-free mountain is everything you would expect from a mountain on the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula. With over 30 switchbacks and varying terrain, this is a trail for hikers of nearly all abilities.
On this trail, the well-groomed path meanders back and forth, rising from old-growth forests with rhododendrons to wildflower-filled meadows until you eventually reach the ridge-line of the mountain. Take your time as you are heading up. If the weather is clear, Seattle, Mount Rainier and the Hood Canal Bridge can be visible to the east. Once you reach the saddle, take a break and enjoy the fantastic views of the interior of the Olympic Mountain range. Don’t just hang out here, though. Climb the ridge to the north and stand atop Mount Townsend.
Mount Townsend is a fantastic climb year-round, but be aware that it is quite steep and water is limited on the trail. Despite the elevation gain, this is a good all-season trail, and hiking to the top should be done a few times a year. For an added bonus, climb up here on the 4th of July and watch the fireworks erupt across Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.
QUICK FACTS: Mount Townsend
Distance: 8.2 Miles Roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 3000 feet
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