Kamilche Hill by Capitol State Forest / 靠國會州立森林的卡米爾奇山丘

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Kamilche Hill is part of the Washington Coastal Hills, which also includes the Kitsap Peninsula. The hill stands just over 1200′. Though, the views atop would reach as far as the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier.

The final stretch on Kamilche Hill
The final stretch on Kamilche Hill

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Kamilche Hill at a Glance

Access: West Delight Park Road (access info)
Round Trip: 7.2 miles
Elevation Range: 280′-1214′
Gear: none
Route Info: Scott Rice
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Kamilche Hill

I stumbled on this small hill while looking for a place with low rainfall. But all I can say is that the snow needs to start melting soon. Otherwise, we’ll soon run out of lowland hills to visit.

In the morning, we drove up to the open gate. Then I read the sign closely. Glad I did because the area didn’t allow motorized vehicles. So I parked before the entrance, and we started walking.

This way to Kamilche Hill
This way to Kamilche Hill

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West Delight Park Road

The road also took on another name–Mainline Road. It extended west from Highway 101 past our starting point. Then it overlapped with West Elson Road for .3 mile before it ended abruptly. A tidbit of knowledge I likely won’t remember.

We saw a few houses in the beginning. The roads were in great shape from the frequent uses by the logging rigs. Soon, we saw a few trucks by the first junction. The three Green Diamond Resource Company workers were the last people we saw.

The first rays
The first rays

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3000 Road to Kamilche Hill

Later we came up to an unnamed pond that wasn’t on the map. I let pups soak in the water for a bit before continuing. Like many logging areas, we walked past many spur roads. Then we went on 3000 Road in a few more junctions.

The road took us up to Kamilche Hill’s north saddle. Then it continued downhill. It would’ve been great to go south on the crest and reach the top that way. But I didn’t feel like scrambling through the dense forest.

Unnamed pond
Unnamed pond

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The Final Stretch

I also didn’t want to lose elevation to the next fork since we’d gain it back over several switchbacks. But as we rounded the north ridge, we came upon a section of clearcut. So we followed deer trails through light debris to reach the upper roadway.

We could have walked south on the road to the radio facility. But I decided to go up to the high point first. So we went on the ridge and worked our way through more debris to reach the top shortly.

Kamilche 2 Benchmark
Kamilche 2 Benchmark

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Kamilche Hill Summit

The woodsy summit didn’t give much to see. So we stood there for a few seconds. Then we made our way over to the radio tower at 500′ away. The facility, aka Kamilche 2 Benchmark, was shorter by a whopping three feet.

We were in the shade on the way up. So we soaked in the much-needed heat as we ate by the fence. It’s hazy off in the distance. But on a clear day, we’d have a better view of the Olympics and Capitol State Forest.

Eastern panoramic view
Eastern panoramic view

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Outro

The seating area was brushy. So on the way down, we stopped on the side of the road. There we had a panoramic view to the east. Isabella Lake was just to the north. But the hills blocked our sight of Kamilche.

Later we went down to an opening on the crest. It gave views to the west. Then we enjoyed a quiet walk on the roads. Despite the gorgeous weather, it was surprising not to see people out enjoying the day.

Finding our way home
Finding our way home

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