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Mount Townsend

Olympic Peninsula

Trip Report By

WTA Member




Hiked Jul 8, 2021

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


Bugs were not too bad


Snow free

Nerdiflora hikerii, now is the time, go hike this tough trail!! The flowers are at their peak and the trail is lined with them, from queens cup, columbine and coral root in the lower part to the high alpine cinquefoil, saxifrage, bluebells, seedheads of prairie smoke and so many more! Go see for yourself. The road is good, BUT there is a confusing fork in the road along the way, your instinct it to take the one to the right, don't. We had to stop and consult our map (yes bring a map, there is a snarl of roads here) We saw some confused hikers at the same intersection as were were coming out. You stay on the pavement until you get to the Upper TH sign.  This trail is endlessly reported on, so no need for a detailed trail description, however you pass one little creek low down, then it's dry and exposed the rest of the way. As luck would have it, we were able to catch the 530 ferry, and got to the TH about 8. We're part of the hiking grandmas, so it took us all day to get up and back. We stopped for lots of water breaks, 5 second rest breaks and many flower picture breaks. Beautiful views of the Sound, Mt Rainier and Olys from the top too! Lucky to take this midweek. One plea, please WATCH YOUR STEP and step on rocks and not the delicate flowers at the top. Pleased to NOT see the following: dog poo bags, TP flowers and trash and heard NO music except birds. When a trail is like this you can't expect to keep the beauty to yourself, so it's so important to keep your impact to a minimum. 


Ups n Downs on Mount Townsend

Great hike. I had my worst blister ever on this trail, the size of a quarter above my heel and I was out of moleskin. My savior was a female hiker who gave me a sanitary napkin otherwise I would have walked down in one boot. Thank goodness for her quick thinking!

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Ups n Downs on Jul 09, 2021 03:20 PM

Muledeer on Mount Townsend

Very useful those are, firestarters, large bandaids, and back in Trapper Nelsen pack days, shoulder pads for a whole Scout troop!

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Muledeer on Jul 09, 2021 03:33 PM