Mount Walker Walkers Galore / 沃克山步行者多如牛毛

The pup and I woke up early this morning. But we could still feel the effect of yesterday’s outing. But after staring at each other for a while, we went right back to sleep. In the late morning, we finally rolled out of bed. Then we went to check out Mount Walker as not to waste a beautiful day.

Mount Walker panoramic view on south summit
Mount Walker panoramic view on south summit

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We were last in the Olympic Mountains in late 2015. So after a two-hour drive, meanwhile missing the exit to Quilcene twice, we came to the mountain. The closed gate on NF-2730 forced most cars to park alongside Highway 101. But it was under half a mile road walk to the trailhead.

Mount Walker at a Glance

Access: Mount Walker Trailhead
Round Trip: 5.5 miles
Elevation Range:
760′-2804′
Gear: microspikes
GPS Track: available

Dog-Friendly: yes

Mount Walker Trail

Some hikers mentioned finding snow and ice higher up on the trail. But it didn’t surprise me. We have had a few snowstorms this year. Besides, it was still winter. Later, we hiked up the steep path and reached the halfway mark. Then we were at the snow line with ice over the trail.

It was quite slippery. But without traction, some people had a hard time going down a steep section by the snow. So I put on microspikes there. Then we continued through several switchbacks. Hiking in a popular hiking place meant we would sometimes stop and chat. There were no views on this trail.

The ridge signage
The ridge signage

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The Two Summits

We made a short stop on the north summit. Then we continued to the south peak. Most hikers made the northern high point their turnaround point. But the southern end was sunnier and also quieter. So people came to admire the view of the three volcanoes. There was a 90-degree clearing.

We stayed a long time here. Later, we returned to the north summit for a different view. Here, the 90-degree viewpoint featured the eastern Olympic Mountains, a stark contrast to the Puget Sound side. The tip of the 7000′-plus mountains like Buckhorn Mountain was visible through clouds. I also saw Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan off in the far northeast.

Mount Walker panoramic view on south summit
Mount Rainier

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Outro

Later, we met two hikers and their chocolate lab. After a brief chat, they then continued their conditioning hike. The two-mile walk down went by in the blink of an eye. Only two other cars were down by the gate when we returned in the early evening.

Mount Walker panoramic view on north summit
Mount Walker panoramic view on north summit

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