Dirty Face Ridge

A moderate in-and-out hike of 7.5 miles and 3,000 feet of elevation gain to Dirty Face Ridge and then on to Mount Townsend in the Olympics.

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) and continue 3.7 miles to the Tubal Cain Mine trailhead (3,200 ft).


  • The area from "Sleepy Hollow" to the summit is exposed and can be subject to inclement weather including thick fog, winds, and thunderstorms.  
  • Mount Townsend is a popular destination.  Other routes to it include Little Quilcene, and Mount Townsend & Welsh Peaks.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 8.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,880 ft
  • 6,280 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
    Buckhorn Wilderness, Hood Canal Ranger District (ONF)
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • USGS Tyler Peak
  • Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
  • Green Trails Tyler Peak No. 136
  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
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