Hike to Mt. Walker North & South Viewpoints

Washington Mt Walker Trail #894

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A steep but short and well-groomed trail offers sweeping panorama views of the Olympic mountains and Puget Sound. From the North Viewpoint, take in the views of prominent Olympic peaks such as Constance, Warrior, Welch, and Mount Townsend. From the South Viewpoint, take in views of the Puget Sound, Mt Rainier, and Mt St Helens.

Directions:
From the Quilcene Ranger Station drive 4.6 miles south on US 101. Watch for the signs for Mount Walker View Point. Turn left onto Mount Walker Road. The trail head is about a quarter mile up the road with pull over parking on the left side of the road. In the winter and early spring, the road is closed and gated very close to US 101. Park near the gate and walk the road to the trailhead.

Hike:
In my opinion, the best option is to do this one in the winter or spring when the gate is still closed and the trail is snow free. Park near the gate and walk a quarter mile or so until you see the sign for the lower trailhead. Follow the West ridge of the mountain as it switches back and forth until you reach the North Viewpoint. The trail is very well groomed and easy to follow. From the North Viewpoint continue on until you get to the summer parking lot, and veer off left to make your way to the South Viewpoint. Both areas offer sweeping panorama views of both the Olympics and Puget Sound.

Pack List

  • Day Pack
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Hammock
  • Camera (w/ zoom lens)
  • Trekking Poles (to save your knees on the descent)
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Activities:

Photography, Running, Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2000 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

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