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The 10: Best and Easiest Olympic Peninsula Mountains to Hike

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When most people think about climbing mountains, we think of ice axes, ropes, frozen beards and dangerous conditions. While mountains like that do exist, even in the Olympic National Park, most mountains you can climb on the Olympic Peninsula are actually day hikes with amazing views.

 

Unlike mountain summits show on TV, you don’t need crazy gear or tons of experience to reach these summits. You just need to be able to exert a lot of energy and deal with some serious elevation gain. While these hikes are not for beginners, they should serve as a goal for hikers of all ages and abilities. While some may be easier than others, the views from the top are well worth the elevation gain you will encounter. As always, be smart when hiking; bring the 10 Essentials and BE SAFE!

 

THE 10 MOUNTAINS YOU NEED TO HIKE

 

Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain Awesomeness

Blue Mountain Area Awesomeness

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/6ij3Q

Trail: Well-Maintained

Distance: .5 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain: 100 Feet

Highest Point: 6,010 Feet

More info: http://www.summitpost.org/blue-mountain-olympics/536085

 

 

 

Mount Rose

Lake Cushman from the top of Mount Rose, Olympic Peninsula

King Of Rock
Lake Cushman from the top of Mount Rose, Olympic Peninsula

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/t2LAt

Trail: Well-Maintained

Distance: 9.5 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain: 3,500 Feet

Highest Point: 4,300 Feet

More info: http://exotichikes.com/mount-rose-the-sandra-bullock-of-olympic-peninsula-mountains/

 

 

 

Mount Ellinor

From the summit of Mount Ellinor, Olympic Peninsula

From the summit of Mount Ellinor, Olympic Peninsula

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/LgKv2

Trail: Rough in places/ Well-Maintatined

Distance: 3.2 Miles Round Trip (Upper Trailhead)

Elevation Gain: 2,500 Feet

Highest Point: 5,944 Feet

More info: http://exotichikes.com/mount-ellinor-trail-conditions-january-2nd-2014/

 

 

 

Colonel Bob via Pete’s Creek

Lake Quinault and the Pacific Ocean from Colonel Bob Peak

Lake Quinault and the Pacific Ocean from Colonel Bob Peak

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/0JkcW

Trail: Rough in Places/Well-Maintained

Distance: 8.2 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain: 3,300 Feet

Highest Point: 4,510 Feet

More info: http://exotichikes.com/colonel-bob-peak-and-petes-creek-trail-detailed-report/

 

 

 

Mount Walker

Mount Rainier from Mount Walker

Mount Rainier from Mount Walker

Location:  http://goo.gl/maps/TrB6t

Trail: Well-Maintained

Distance: 5 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain:  2,000 Feet

Highest Point: 2,800 Feet

More info: http://exotichikes.com/the-5-best-olympic-peninsula-views-of-the-city-of-seattle/

 

 

 

Cub Peak

Mount Ellinor and Mount Washington From Cub Peak

Mount Ellinor and Mount Washington From Cub Peak

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/nswvE

Trail: Well-Maintained to Wagonwheel Lake/ Primitive to Summit

Distance: 6.6 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain: 4,000 Feet

Highest Point: 4, 755 Feet

More info: http://exotichikes.com/cub-peak-a-bear-of-a-hike-in-the-olympic-national-park/

 

 

 

Mount Townsend

The Mount Townsend Trail

The Mount Townsend Trail

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/oTqY2

Trail: Well-Maintained

Distance: 8.2 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain: 3,000 Feet

Highest Point: 6,000 Feet

More info: http://exotichikes.com/mount-townsend-trail-olympic-peninsula/

 

 

 

Mount Storm King

Mount Storm King and Lake Crescent

Mount Storm King and Lake Crescent

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/vEIv5

Trail: Extremely Rough in Places

Distance: 3.4 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain: 2,100 Feet

Highest Point: 2,700 Feet

More info: http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/mount-storm-king-trail.htm

 

 

 

Mount Baldy

Image from: http://jaysjourneys.com/2009/07/11/mount-baldy-loop/

Image from: http://jaysjourneys.com/2009/07/11/mount-baldy-loop/

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/NYGNT

Trail: Well-Maintained/ Difficult to Find Summit

Distance: 3.2 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain: 4,000 Feet

Highest Point: 6,800 Feet

More info: http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7968317

 

 

 

Klahhane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge Area Views along the Klahhane Ridge Trail

Hurricane Ridge Area Views along the Klahhane Ridge Trail

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/vhpk5

Trail: Well-Maintained

Distance: 4.5 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain: 1,800 Feet

Highest Point: 6,046 Feet

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klahhane_Ridge

 

 

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Janet Phipps says:

    The pic in #1 is of Obstruction Peak. On no part of the hike to Blue Mountain do you see this view which was taken from the Obstruction Point Road.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      You are correct. We did have that as an explanation on a previous version of the post, but felt it was unneeded. We also previously had a picture, but it was in the clouds, which doesn’t make it seem too appealing. Each time we have been up there, the visibility is zero, so we figured a panoramic picture of a similar region is better than no picture at all.

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