National Public Lands Day! Mount Townsend Trail

Hood Canal Ranger District

8:30AM - 3:30PM
Sat, Sep 27, 2014

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National Public Lands Day! Olympic Peninsula. Spectacular views of Puget Sound and Hood Canal can be had at the summit of this trail. WTA will work on making the hike up a bit more enjoyable through annual maintenance efforts. We'll work on improving several switchbacks, clearing the corridor of brush, improving drainage, and working on fixing any damaged tread.

The summit of Mount Townsend rewards its hikers with spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound and Hood Canal. From this vantage point the volcanoes of the Cascades are also visable, not to be out done by the Olympic Mountains. The trail can be enjoyed on a day hike or backpack, gaining 2880 feet of elevation. There are a scattering of small flower gardens on the way up to Windy Lake and wonderful views on the south facing rock gardens.

Driving directions:
From Quilcene drive US 101 south for 1.5 miles. Turn right (west) onto Penny Creek Road. After 1.5 miles bear left at the Y onto Big Quilcene River Road (Forest Road 27). Drive 13.5 miles on FS 27, continuing past the FS Rd 2760 sign at 12.5 miles (which leads to Sink Lake). On the outside of a sharp right turn in the road, turn left on FR 2700-190 which end in about another mile at the trailhead.

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GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head


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