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Tyler Peak Trail, Upper Maynard Burn

Olympic Peninsula

Trip Report By

WTA Member

15 

Hiked Jun 26, 2021

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition

Road

Road recommended for high clearance only

Bugs

No bugs

Snow

Snow free

I only recently learned of this loop and am so happy I did.

Road

The road (FS2870) to the trailhead is rough with frequent potholes and I was happy to have my truck's high ground clearance. I saw smaller vehicles make it to the top but I cannot imagine it was an enjoyable drive. Give yourself time no matter what vehicle you drive.

Trail

I arrived at the trailhead around 7:30am and was immediately joined by three other vehicles. For a trail with so few trip reports, it was popular on this very hot morning.

The trail itself is in great condition and as steep as advertised. Your reward for hiking the laughably narrow switchbacks is access to a mountain ridge without hours of hiking through the woods.

I chose to hike the Tyler trail up and the Maynard Burn back. I'm undecided if clockwise or anti-clockwise would be nicer. I was happy to be able to photograph the meadows on the Tyler trail in the fading softer light so my choice for this morning worked well. The Maynard Burn trail is far less scenic and a bit overgrown while the Tyler trail is a delight.

There are nice streams at a mile in on the Tyler trail and again just as you complete the loop on the Maynard Burn. Neither is strategically located so if you need water bring your own.

The views at the top, and the wonderful meadows of wildflowers, are stunning and I imagine on a day without an intensely blazing sun it's even more lovely.

I am definitely coming back!

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