Mount Zion via Snow Creek

Hike the short but steep 4.8 miles round trip and 2,000 feet of elevation gain to Mount Zion from the east in Olympic National Forest. The trail travels through conifer forest, rhododendrons, and wildflowers.

Getting There

Drive US-101 to 6 miles north of Quilcene and turn west onto Snow Creek Road. This county road becomes Forest Road 2850 in 6 miles. Turn left onto Forest Road 2851 and drive 3 miles, staying left at the intersection with Forest Road 2851-090, to the Snow Creek Trailhead (2,300 ft).

On the Trail

Hike the Snow Creek trail (No. 890) to the summit of Mt. Zion (4,261 ft), climbing steeply through conifer forest, rhododendrons, and wildflowers.


  • The Snow Creek Trail is a segment of the Pacific Northwest Trail, which runs from the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean on the Washington coast.
  • Because it is longer and steeper than the Mount Zion Trail, the Snow Creek Trail is less traveled.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 4.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • 4,261 ft
  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
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