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Silver Lakes Backpack

  • Jun 20, 2014 · 6:30 AM
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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.

GPS Coordinates:

• 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.

Useful Links:

7-Day Weather Forecast

Little Quilcene Trail #835

Silver Lakes Trail #842

WTA Hiking Guide and Trip Reports

Robert's Cell: (253) 677-6992.

Disclaimer: Trailside is not a professional guide service.  Our leaders function, as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience.  Reports of trail and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose or appropriate for a certain fitness level.  You may join us on this hike at your own risk.  Keep in mind that hiking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains.  You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe.  Signing up for any Trailside organized event indicates that you have read, understand, and agree to the terms of this disclaimer and hold harmless all Trailside Organizers and Leaders in the event of injury or loss.

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  • Devon

    Thanks for all the pictures Robert!!

    June 26, 2014

  • Devon

    Awesome trip. Pictures?

    June 22, 2014

  • Devon

    Wish I could go! I don't have the right equipment yet. Have fun guys :)

    June 15, 2014

    • Devon

      Sooo Robert, still got me covered on the above items (minus the pack; I have that)?

      June 19, 2014

    • Robert A

      Yes I do.

      June 20, 2014

  • Byron

    Robert, I have a good sleeping bag, and I can probably borrow some of the other stuff from my parents, if need be. Do you think I'll need my own tent?

    June 17, 2014

    • Robert A

      I would recommend having a tent to sleep in. I have a one person and a two person tent. I am going to lend my one person tent to Devon, but have room in my two person tent if you don't mind sharing a tent.

      June 18, 2014

    • Byron

      Thanks Robert, my Dad just brought me over a tent that has room for one or possibly two people, so I should be fine.

      June 18, 2014

  • Deborah

    Ooops never mind I didn't read it good enough I thought the 20th was a Saturday

    June 13, 2014

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