Boulder Ridge/East Shoulder (Olympics)

Scramble to a lesser-known peak in the heart of Buckhorn Wilderness in the Olympics. Be prepared for a long day and beautiful views into the heart of the Olympics.

Driving Directions

From the Quilcene ranger station drive south about a mile and turn right onto Penny Creek Road. At 2 mi turn left at the fork. At 4.1 mi stay right at the fork and at 5.2 mi stay right at the fork. At 7.4 mi you'll stay left continuing onto FR 27 and at 11.1 mi turn left on FR 2750. The trailhead is 15.6 mi from the ranger station.

Approach and Ascent

Hike the Quilcene River trail to Marmot Pass and then follow the ridge south to the upper basin. Then climb southeaast to the notch west of the summit. Climb through the notch and traverse east along the south side to the summit. The peak is not named on the USGS map but is indicated by elevation 6,852 ft.


  • This peak is one of the 100 scrambles to achieve the Seattle Scramble Peak Pin.
  • This is "Route 1" in Olympics Mountains: A Climbing Guide (below).
  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 4
  • Length: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,300 ft
  • 6,852 ft
  • USGS Mt Townsend
  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

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