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Mount Zion

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal
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Length

4.6 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4274 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

The trip to Mount Zion is straightforward and short; a steep hike through fir, hemlock cedar, salal, and, the main attraction for many visitors, tall groves of wild rhododendrons. Views from the top are limited, but a little ridgeline wandering to the south afford the intrepid better views of the Olympic Mountains.

The trail, found across the road from the parking area, begins climbing almost immediately through close forest. As you go, you'll discover that flatter, gentler grades are interspersed with the steeper incline, which makes the hike a little less of a thigh-burner. Many people use this trail as a quick workout, particularly on vacation or for an intermediate day hike.

Though views from the top are somewhat limited, keep an eye out for a spur trail near the summit. Using this trail, you can find nice views of the Olympic Mountains before reaching the true, treed summit. Stop here, or follow a well-traveled trail about a half mile to amazing views of Mount Townsend, Gray Wolf Ridge, and the Olympics.

Another more technical trail leads in the opposite direction to better views of Mount Baker and Puget Sound. On clear days, the cities on the Sound can be seen as well!

WTA Pro Tip: There are two other steeper ways up Mount Zion -- a trail known as Deadfall, and another known as Snow Creek. Both are steeper, but Deadfall is longer, while Snow Creek is shorter. Either are good options for those looking for an extra workout.

 

Mount Zion

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.9228, -123.0261 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

Mount Zion (#836)

Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Tyler Peak No. 136

Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness

Getting There

Drive Highway 101 north from Quilcene for one and a half miles onto Lords Lake Loop Road. Continue 3.5 miles and turn left at a junction near Lords Lake itself.

Turn right onto Forest Road 28 (graveled) and proceed nearly 5 miles to an unmarked junction at Bon Jon Pass. Look for a junction with FR 27 and pass it before arriving at Bon Jon.

In Bon Jon Pass, hang a right on unmarked FR 2810 and in two miles, arrive at the Mount Zion/Sleepy Hollow trailhead. The trail departs across the road from the parking area.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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