Mount Townsend


Day Hike - Mount Townsend

Join the Singles Activities Committee on a hike up Mt. Townsend with spectacular views of Mt. Rainier, the Cascades, Glacier Peak, Mount Baker and the mountains of Vancouver Island.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,243 ft
  • Pace: 2.0

Meet at 7:15 am at the Tacoma Narrows Park N Ride to carpool to the trailhead.  We'll make a restroom stop at the Quilcene Ranger Station which is an hour from Tacoma.

Driving directions:  From Quilcene, travel north for 2 miles and turn left onto Lords Lake Road.  Stay left at the lake and follow Forest Service Road 28 over  Bon Jon Pass to the junction with FSR 2820, about 6 miles.  Follow Forest Road 2820 for 4 miles to the trailhead. 

We'll be taking an easier route from the north and our start will be at the little Quilcene River Trail.  This hike is moderately difficult and depending on the fitness level of the group it may take the better part of the day.


Mount Townsend

  • USGS Mt Townsend

    Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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