Baldy & Tyler Peak

In summer there's trail to the top of Baldy. Adding Tyler Peak will add some scrambling. Enjoy views of Mount Constance, Warrior Peak, the Dungeness Valley, Blue Mountain, Elk Mountain, Sequim Bay, Mount Angeles, and Mount Olympus.

Getting There

From US 101 near Sequim Bay State Park, turn west onto Luella Road  and then left onto Palo Alto Road. In 6 miles, turn right onto Forest Road  2880 and then turn left onto Forest Road 2870 in 1.7 miles. In 9 miles, reach the large parking area just past the Dungeness River Bridge (2,500 ft).

Alternative Trailhead: Continue on Forest Road 2870 and turn left onto Forest Road 2870-120. Continue to its end and the trailhead (3,300 ft).

approach & ascent

Baldy (6,797 ft)

10.4 miles round trip, 4,475 feet of elevation gain, difficulty: strenuous 3, technical 3

Hike the Upper Dungeness Trail to it junction with the Lower Maynard Burn Trail.  Turn right and head steeply up. Reach the junction with the spur trail on Forest Road 2870-120 (3,300 ft) in 1.6 miles (if you start here, you'll save 5.2 miles round trip and 800 feet of elevation gain). Continue on to the  saddle east of Baldy (6,200 ft). Turn left and continue over the false summit and to the true summit of Baldy. This last bit on the ridge is off trail on a boot path.

Tyler Peak (6,364 ft)

From the summit of Baldy, hike back to the saddle to the east (6,200 ft). Then descend 0.8 mile to the knob west of Tyler Peak. Scramble up Tyler Peak. Descend by retracing your steps. Alternatively, consider descending the trail east of Mueller Creek that starts at 5,900 ft on the way back towards Baldy. This adds ~2 miles and 600 feet of elevation gain.

Baldy—gray wolf ridge—mount deception traverse

27-mile  loop, 12,550 feet of elevation gain, 7,788-foot high point, difficulty: strenuous 5, technical 4

Camp 1 (5,900 ft, 8 miles, 6,250 feet of elevation gain): Scramble to the summit of Baldy (as above). Follow Gray Wolf Ridge in a southwesterly direction to Point 7076.  Descend the southern ridge crest, then traverse in a westerly direction to reach the area near the small lake (5,900 ft, less than a mile from Point 7076 and 0.5 miles north of the summit of Mount Walkinshaw).
Camp 2 (5,660 ft, 3 miles, 2,000 feet of elevation gain): From day one camp, travel in a southerly direction, then west to cross the ridge emanating from Mount Walkinshaw in a northerly direction at 6,900 ft.  Descend into the valley on the far side of this ridge in a southerly direction to cross the valley floor (5,500 ft).  Ascend the far side of the valley on the east side of a stream to pass close by the lake (6,100 ft).  Cross the ridge above this lake at (6,200 ft) then descend into the valley on the far side of this ridge in a southerly direction to cross the valley floor (5,400 ft). Finally, ascend 300 feet on the east side of a stream to reach the camping area near a lake (5,700 ft).  This lake is just under a mile west of the ridge crest of The Needles.
Mount Deception (7,788 ft, 4 miles, 2,100 feet of elevation gain): With day packs traverse east from Camp 2 to enter a hanging valley (6,400 ft) with Gilhooey Tower at its head.  Ascend this valley and traverse the shoulder west of Gilhooey Tower at 7,200 feet to reach an easy boot track leading to the summit of Mount Deception (7,788 ft, 2 miles, 2,100 feet of elevation gain).  Retrace your route for a well deserved rest at Camp 2.
Royal Basin (3.5 miles, 2,040 feet of elevation gain): From Camp 2, traverse east towards the hanging valley containing Gilhooey Tower,  but before reaching the valley with Gilhooey Tower, veer north at 6,200 feet to reach a separate hanging valley that parallels The Needles.  Travel through this valley in a northerly direction and go over a col (6,900 ft).  From this col descend to a flat area (6,200 ft), then veer east and south east to reach the col (6,900 ft) that separates Mount Clark from the summits near Mount Johnson. From this col descend into Royal Basin.
Royal Basin Trail (8 miles, all down hill): Hike the trail from Royal Basin back to the parking area near the Dungeness River Bridge.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Scrambling
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous, Rock Scramble, Strenuous 3, Technical 3
  • Length: 10.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,475 ft
  • 6,797 ft
  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
  • Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
  • Custom Correct Gray Wolf - Dosewallips
  • USGS Mt Deception
  • USGS Tyler Peak

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  • Baldy—Gray Wolf Ridge—Mount Deception Traverse

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