Ascent of Mount Townsend on 2008-07-05

Climber: Jan Peter Eklund

Others in Party:emma-blue: dog
Date:Saturday, July 5, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Townsend
    Elevation:6280 ft / 1914 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left Ballard went to Edmonds took ferry to Kingston, drove across through Port Gamble to Hood Canal bridge. Headed down to Quilcene and into Olympic NF. Missed the FS road and ended up circling around back to Quilcene. Found the trail on the second try and hiked in through rainforest, climbing out into subalpine. Ran out of daylight so pitched tent on tiny postage stamp of a site on the mountainside. Had a great view of the Hood Canal and the Sound, with several fireworks displays visible. Next morning summited Mt Townsend - great views when the clouds were broken. Headed down and over into the Silver Creek drainage. At Silver Lake the fog was rolling down into the lake basin and reducing visibility to 15 ft, then would clear out, then come back. Pretty cool. Packed out the next day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3240 ft / 988 m
    Trailhead:3040 ft / 926 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy

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