43 Day Hikes to Peaks in the Olympics Ranked from Easiest to Most Difficult

Author Gary Huff

Author Gary Huff

By Gary Huff

The “Day Hiker’s Guide to the Olympic Peaks” lists 222 peaks in the Olympics. Of those, 74 are hike- able (walk-ups or scrambles) and do not require climbing skills. Approximately 43 of the 74 can be hiked in a day, using the criteria of under 20 miles roundtrip and under 5,000 ft elevation gain. 23 of the peaks require some off trail hiking; the rest are on or near the trail. All the off trail peaks are within sight of the trail and the off trail hiking and scrambling is through rocky areas that minimize damage to plants. 20 of the peaks are walk–ups. The others require some light to moderate rock scrambling. Since I’m a hiker and not a climber, I enjoy the exhilaration of moderate rock scrambling, but avoid steep, difficult rock which requires hand-over-hand climbing and is life threatening if you slip. However, some of the peak scrambles listed here will force you to slow down and focus to avoid injury, so they are not to be taken lightly.

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Length and time are listed as round trip. Elev. gain is listed after distance.

    Key:

  • (w) walk up peak
  • (es) easy scramble
  • (hs) hard scramble
  • (ot) off trail
  • Enjoyment 1 low – 5 high

Blue Mt. – 6,007 ft. 1/2 mi. 100 ft. gain 1 hr. (w) 4
Obstruction Peak – 6,450 ft. 1/2 mi. 300 ft. 1 hr. (w) 2
Eagle Peak – 6,247 ft. 2 mi. 250 ft. 1 hr. (w,ot) 3

Maynard Mt. – 4,030 ft. 1.5 mi. 1,000 ft. 2hrs. (hs,ot) 3+
Hurricane Hill – 5,757 ft. 3.2 mi. 823 ft. 2 hrs. (w) 4+
Steeple Rock – 5,567 ft. 1 mi. 520 ft. 2 hrs. (hs,ot) 4+
Mt. Zion – 4,274 ft. 3.6 mi. 1,324 ft. 2 hrs. (w) 2
Mt. Walker – 2,804 ft. 4-6 mi. 2,004 ft. 3 hrs (w) 3
Elk Mt. – 6,773 ft. 4.4 mi. 650 ft. 3 hrs. (w) 4+
Klahhane Ridge – 6,046 ft. 4.6 mi. 2,050 3 hrs. (w) 4+
Mt. Ellinor – 5,944 ft. 4.4 mi. 2,250 ft. 3.5 hrs. (w) 5
Maiden Peak – 6,434 ft. 7.1 mi. 1,634 ft. 3.5 hrs. (w) 5
Moose Mountain – 6,753 ft. 6 mi. 1,900 ft. 4 hrs. (es,ot) 4
Storm King – 2,800 ft. 4.5 mi. 2,200 ft. 4 hrs (hs) 4
Mt Townsend – 6,280 ft. 6.8 mi. 2,100 ft. 4 hrs. (w) 5
Mt. Angeles – 6,454 ft 4 mi. 2,454 ft. 5 hrs. (hs,ot) 4
Kloshe Nanitch – 3,360 9 mi. 2,572 ft. 5 hrs. (w) (4)
Hawk Ridge – 6,350 ft. 6.8 mi. 2,500 ft. 5 hrs. (hs,ot) 5
Pyramid Mountain- 3,100 ft. 7mi. 2,400 ft. 5hrs. (w) 3
Welsh Peaks – 6,100 ft. 9.6 mi. 2,700 ft. 6 hrs. (es,ot) 4+
First Top Peak – 5,740 ft. ;From Silver Creek, Silver Lake trailhead. 8 mi. 2,800 ft. 6 hrs. (w) 4+
Mt. Rose – 4,301 ft. 9.6 mi. 3,500 ft. 5-6 hrs. (w) 2
Mt. Muller – 3,748 ft. 12.8 mi. 2,748 ft. 6 hrs. (w) 3
Hawk Peak – 6,550 ; From Silver Creek, Silver Lake trailhead. 7.2 mi. 2,700 ft. 6 hrs (es,ot) 5+
Mt. Tyler – 6,364 ft. 6 mi. 3,200 ft. 6 hrs (es,ot) 5
False Baldy – 6,400 ft. 6 mi. 3,200 ft. 6 hrs. (w) 4
Mt. Jupitor – 5,701 ft. 14.2 mi. 3,600 ft. 6 hrs. (w) 3
Boulder Ridge – 6,440 ft.From Big Quilcene trailhead & Marmot Pass. 12.6. mi. 3,940 ft. 6 hrs. (hs,ot) 5
Appleton Pass Ridges 5,750 ft.;From Sol Duc River trailhead and Appleton Pass. 16 mi. 3,750 ft. 6-7 hrs. (es,ot) 4+
Boulder Peak – 5,600 ft. 13.1 mi. 3,800 ft. 7 hrs. (es,ot) 4
Mt. Baldy – 6,827 ft. 7 mi. 4,000 ft. 6-7 hrs. (w,ot) 5
Grand Peak – 6,701 ft. 12.4 mi. 4,000 ft. 7 hrs (w) 5+
Griff Peak – 5,120 ft. 7 mi. 2,000 ft. 6-7 hrs. (hs,ot) 2
Unicorn Peak – 5,100 ft. 8 mi. 2,400 ft. 7-8 hrs. (hs,ot) 3
Buckhorn Mt. 6,988 ft.; From Big Quilcene River, Marmot Pass trailhead. 13.6 mi. 4,200 ft. 7 hrs (es,ot) 5+
Colonel Bob Peak – 4,492 ft. 14.4 mi. 4,560 ft. 8 hrs (w) 3
Petunia Peak – 6,981 ft.; From Upper Dungeness, Royal Lake trailhead. 14 mi. 4,481 ft. 8-9 hrs. (hs,ot) 4+
Mt. Skokomish – 6,434 9.8 mi. 4,950 ft. 9-10 hrs. (hs,ot) 4+
Mt. Lena & Lena Lakes-5,995 17 mi. 5,300 ft. 9-10 hrs. (hs,ot) 4
Mt. Appleton – 6,000 ft. 17 mi. 4,200 ft. 9-10 hrs. (hs,ot) 4
Peak 6100 – 6,100 ft. ;From Olympic Hot springs, Appleton Pass trailhead. 17 mi. 4,300 ft. 9-10 hrs. (hs,ot) 4
Bogachiel Peak – 5,474 ft.; High Divide, Solduc River trailhead. 19 mi. 4,000 ft. 9-10 hrs (w) 5+
Gray wolf Ridge Pk. -7,218 ft. 10 mi. 5,000 ft. 9-10 hrs. (hs,ot) 5+

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