Let’s do an overnight backpack to Silver Lakes. We’ll start the trip at Little Quilcene Trail #835. For those of you who missed the Mount Townsend hike, this trail is also the shortest and easiest path to the Mount Townsend summit. You also get two chances to see if the summit ridge will be fog-free. On the way back, we may stop somewhere for ice cream or dinner. I will need at least 3 people willing to drive.
Note: The lake was still 90% frozen as of June 7, but dry campsites are available on the western shore. Tent sharing is recommended in order to minimize the number of tents and campsite impact.
Excerpt from ''Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula,'' by Craig Romano
Hike # 60 – Silver Lakes. Mount Townsend certainly has its loyal legion of fans. Lofty, prominent, and easily accessible, this northeastern Olympics mountain rarely receives a reprieve from clunking boots and clanking poles. But the scene is quite different at Silver Lakes, nestled in a remote cirque just south of the mountain. These two little alpine lakes receive a fraction of Townsend's traffic. And the scenery? It's as sublime and inspiring as that found at the nearby busy summit.
• Trailhead ETA: 9:00 am. • Round Trip: 14 miles.
• Starting Elevation – Friday: 4,020 feet.
• Ascent Elevation – Friday: 2,760 feet.
• Starting Elevation – Saturday: 5,300 feet.
• Ascent Elevation – Saturday: 1,480 feet.
• High Point: 6,280 feet. • Difficulty: Moderate/difficult.
• Pace: Slow/moderate. • Hiking Time: 10.25 hours.
• Special Features: Lakes, mountain views, old growth, summits, wildflowers/meadows.
• Maps: Green Trails Tyler Peak, No. 136.
• Little Quilcene Trailhead: N47°53'21.0" W123°02'51.4"
• Mount Townsend Summit: N47°52'01.3" W123°03'34.6"
• Silver Lakes: N47°50'37.0" W123°04'18.0"
What to Bring: Backpack with the 10 Essentials, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, stove, cookware, dinnerware, water filter, appropriate hiking attire (no blue jeans, cotton clothing, or sneakers), plenty of water, lunch/energy snacks, sturdy/comfortable shoes + a bag for wet/soiled pairs, trekking poles, sun preventatives, bug repellent, and your camera! Dress according to the forecast (layers!).
Contact: Hood Canal Ranger District – Quilcene Office, (360) 765-2200.
Permits/Regulations: Recreation pass not required, dogs allowed on leash.
Getting there: From Quilcene drive US 101 north for 2 miles. (From Shelton follow US 101 north for 54 miles.) Turn left (west) onto Lords Lake Road. Stay to the left at the lake and follow Forest Service Road #28 over Bon Jon Pass to the junction with FS Road #2820. Follow #2820 4 miles to the trailhead.
• 7-Day Weather Forecast
• Little Quilcene Trail #835
• Silver Lakes Trail #842
• WTA Hiking Guide and Trip Reports
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