Fort Townsend State Park

Enjoy an easy hike of 4.5 to 6.5 miles round trip and minimal elevation gain through a heavily wooded park near Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula.

about the park

The fort was originally built in 1865 and later used as a destination to defuse enemy munitions during World War II.  Little remains of the grounds.  The perimeter trail follows an old road grade and is used for trail running, biking or walking,  while interior trails do have roots and muddy patches, as well as some up and down. Depending on the route variations, hikes can range from 4.5 to 6.5 miles round trip. 


  • During the winter,  it is best to park at the gate (Rhododendron/Nurse Log Hill trailhead) and ,or for the rest of the year, in the main parking area.

Information for Leaders

The Mountaineers has a commercial use permit with Washington State Parks for all free and fee-based outings at state parks. Leaders should carry a print or digital copy of our  commercial use permit to show rangers they may encounter. 

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 4.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft
  • 200 ft
  • see Land Manager
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