Mount Zion is one of the Olympic Mountains' most accessible peaks, offering great views of Puget Sound, Mt Baker and the Cascades. The forested trail gains a modest 1300 fee in just under two miles. The trail's best attraction is the many rhododenrons that grace the forest along the entire route and they are in full bloom during June.
There is a possibility of stopping in Port Gamble for a stroll around and a meal on the way back. Everytime I pass through this lovely little town I say that next time I want to explore. Seeing as this is a short hike, maybe today will be the day. So be sure to pack a little money and/or pack a lunch.
- Dogs on leash
- No children under age 12.
- Please read all the information listed and linked to below.
- Mount Zion (#836)
- Olympics -- East
- Roundtrip4.6 miles
- Elevation Gain1300 ft
- Highest Point4274 ft
- NW Forest Pass needed
- Driving Directions:
From Quilcene drive US 101 north for 1.5 miles, turning left (west) onto Lords Lake Loop Road. In 3.5 miles turn left at a junction at Lords Lake (a public water supply). Continue for 0.7 mile, entering the Olympic National Forest. Bear right on gravel For-est Road 28 and climb 4.75 miles to an unmarked junction at Bon Jon Pass (pass the junction with FR 27). Bear right on FR 2810 and in 2.3 miles come to the Mount Zion trailhead. Privy available.
The village streets of this once bustling logging town haven't changed much since the 1850s.
The original New England Victorian-style homes have been preserved, along with the town's general store and stately church.
Port Gamble is a National Historic site. While you're there, visit the hilltop cemetery and look for the grave of the first US Navy man killed in battle in the Northwest.
Prior to its closing in 1995, the Port Gamble Mill was the oldest continuously operating sawmill operating in North America.
The Port Gamble General Store is still just that, selling clothing, a wide variety of specialty gifts, toys and gourmet foods. A restaurant within the General Store features homemade favorites. There are also antique shops, a trading company featuring local artists, a day spa, a now famous truffle shop and more.
Port Gamble hosts a number of festivals throughout the year. Visit Port Gamble Township website for details.
- In consideration of others, if you do not plan on attending this hike please change your status. This allows those that are on the waitlist to attend. It also means we do not wait unnecessarily at the trail head for those not showing up.
Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike. If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others. This will be the first meeting for many of the dogs, so let them get acquainted slowly as we walk. It takes time to form a pack. Not all dogs want to be greeted exuberantly, so take care and precaution. Also, dog waste needs to be buried (6 inches) or carried. Leaving along the trail to be picked up later is an eyesore for others , even in a bag,(especially with the number in our group) and is sometimes forgotten on the way out.
Please be courteous and use proper trail etiquette.
I have info in the pages section of this site (see top section on web site). Please review, good advice about what to bring and about hiking with a dog.
Also, please read the Bear Safety discussion and tips page in discussion section and pages section