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Little Quilcene River

Olympic Peninsula


Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal
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6.8 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 2180 ft.
Highest Point: 6200 ft.


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Take this lung-busting trail up the north side of Mount Townsend, through coniferous forests offering cameo views to the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, opening onto views of the Dungeness and Graywolf watersheds to the west.

Providing a different approach up Mount Townsend, this trail is enjoyable and steep with good footing throughout. From the Little Quilcene Trailhead to the peak of Mount Townsend is 3.4 miles and 2180 feet in elevation gain, enough to prompt more than a few breaks to catch your breath.

After two miles, the trail intersects with the Mount Townsend Trail. At this junction, the trail moves up the north side of Mount Townsend and opens up to views to the west looking into the Dungeness and Graywolf watersheds.

Finally, you'll enter the sub-alpine and alpine areas on the slopes of Mount Townsend with expansive views in every direction.


Little Quilcene River

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.8866, -123.0419 Open map in new window


Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

Little Quilcene River (#835)

Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Tyler Peak USGS Quad

Buckhorn Wilderness Custom Correct Map

Little Quilcene Trail #835 Forest Service PDF Map:

Getting There

From Quilcene, travel north for 2 miles and turn left onto Lords Lake Road. At the lake stay left, and follow Forest Service Road 28 over Bon Jon Pass to the junction with Forest Service Road 2820, approximately 6 miles. Follow Forest Road 2820 for 4 miles to the trailhead.

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