The trip to Mount Zion is straightforward and short; a steep hike through fir, hemlock cedar, salal, and, the main attraction for many visitors, tall groves of wild rhododendrons. Views from the top are limited, but a little ridgeline wandering to the south afford the intrepid better views of the Olympic Mountains.
The trail, found across the road from the parking area, begins climbing almost immediately through close forest. As you go, you'll discover that flatter, gentler grades are interspersed with the steeper incline, which makes the hike a little less of a thigh-burner. Many people use this trail as a quick workout, particularly on vacation or for an intermediate day hike.
Though views from the top are somewhat limited, keep an eye out for a spur trail near the summit. Using this trail, you can find nice views of the Olympic Mountains before reaching the true, treed summit. Stop here, or follow a well-traveled trail about a half mile to amazing views of Mount Townsend, Gray Wolf Ridge, and the Olympics.
Another more technical trail leads in the opposite direction to better views of Mount Baker and Puget Sound. On clear days, the cities on the Sound can be seen as well!
WTA Pro Tip: There are two other steeper ways up Mount Zion -- a trail known as Deadfall, and another known as Snow Creek. Both are steeper, but Deadfall is longer, while Snow Creek is shorter. Either are good options for those looking for an extra workout.
- 4.6 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 1300 feet
- Highest Point
- 4274 feet