Day Hike - Mount Townsend

Before the snow falls... looks like it's too late, the snow has fallen. It's now officially an early winter trip.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,900 ft

Meet at the Olympic National Forest Office:

1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA 98512

TIME:  06:30 am


at the upper Mount Townsen trailhead -if you are going to meet us at the trailhead, please make sure you've communicated that to me.

TIME: 08:30

Greetings fellow Mountaineers,

WARNING: This trip will not be a fair weather hike; inclement weather expected in the form of sleet/snow and moderate winds. Higher elevation, especially towards the summit, will have snow.

If you are a fair weather hiker, this trip is not for you. It will be wet and cold, and once exposed to the ridgeline, the winds will drop the temperature even more.

 That said, if your looking for experience travelling in inclement weather, then this trip is for you.


  • Microspikes –we may encounter ice on the ridgeline.

  • 10 essentials


  • Insulated vacuum bottle with hot liquid –I bring hot broth; coffee/tea works too.

  • Hand warmers

  • Bring a change of cloths to leave in the car at the trailhead



7:12 AM PST / 4:38 PM PST




NOAA (forcast is for the lowlands)

Rain. High near 51. Light north northeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.


Saturday November 14th

06:30 Depart Olympia (Forest Service HQ Black Lake)

08:30 Arrive Mt. Townsend Trailhead

08:45 Start ascend to Mt. Townsend

12:00 Reach Mt. Townsend landing

12:30 Summit

12:30-13:00 Lunch

13:00 Depart (descend)

16:00 Arrive back to trailhead


Bring microspikes & trekking poles.

If the group is up for it, I'd like to do the whole ridge.

Prepare for a long day, and potentially hiking out in the dark. Pace is always dependent on the group, with the intent to keep the group together.


Mount Townsend

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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