Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Mt Townsend and more

This hike is in the Olympics near the Hood Canal. The suggested hike is to Mt. Townsend with great views. We did a scramble to Welch Peaks which is very close.

Gourmet Mountain Sandwich made by Kayla Black 
View of Mt. Constance
View of Mt. Townsend from Welch Peaks
Mountain Feast!
Driving Directions to upper trailhead:

Take US 101 south from the Quilcene Ranger Station 0.9 miles. 

Take the slight right onto the Penny Creek Road and drive through the grounds of the Penny Creek Quarry. 

In 1.5 miles, take the left fork onto Forest Road 27 and follow it 13.5 miles before turning left onto FR27-190. The trailhead is at the end of this spur road. 

Trail stats: We started hike at Mt. Townsend trail hike to the very scenic trail. However about a mile before the top of Mt. Townsend we went left to the Silver Lake Trail. Instead of going to the lake we went to the saddle then went left (south) to scramble Welch Peaks. If you are comfortable going off trail and to scramble here is the track. If you are not comfortable with an off trail scramble then Mt. Townsend is a great option with great views!! To Mt. Townsend maps show 8 miles round-trip. Our track was just under 8 miles roundtrip.

Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.

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