In an area known for rhododendrons and stunning mountain views, find a relatively easy hike to a high ridgeline that used to house a fire lookout tower.
Hike through second-growth forest of Douglas-fir, wandering in and out of trees along the edge of an old logging show, now filled with rhododendrons (Washington's state flower) and bear grass. Half a mile in, cross Forest Road 2421, and look to your right, up the road about 100 feet for the continuation of the trail. From there, begin to climb steeply up the hillside before reaching Jefferson Ridge.
From here, you have views into the Hamma Hamma River drainage, lush with trees and the Hamma Hamma sparkling below. Continue along the ridgeline before reaching the site of the historic Johnson Ridge fire lookout. From here, you'll enjoy views of Mounts Washington and Pershing, Cruiser, Skokomish, and Mount Stone.
The Brothers and Lena are also visible, and between the two, Mount Deception and Mount Mystery are just visible.
WTA Pro Tip: Pick up a free map of this area from the Quilcene Ranger Station.
- 4.8 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 1,832 feet
- Highest Point
- 3,832 feet
Hiking Jefferson Ridge
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 47.5858, -123.1369 Open in Google Maps