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Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal
47.8926, -122.9848 Map & Directions
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2,240 feet
Highest Point
4,273 feet
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A longer, steeper, pass free, alternate route to the summit of Mount Zion. Continue reading

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Hiking Deadfall

Many hikers enjoy reaching the summit of Mount Zion, but find the hike too short for their taste. Deadfall offers a longer and steeper but pass free route to the same summit.

There are fewer of the huge rhododendron bushes along the way when approaching from this side, but you'll enjoy a much bigger workout. The ominously named Deadfall Trail rises at an average grade of 23% (read -- quite steep). Climbing 560 feet in 1.6 miles, it then meets the Snow Creek Trail.

Continuing uphill from this junction, hikers climb a further 1680 feet, achieving a total of 2240 feet in 1.8 miles to the top of Mount Zion.

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Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.8926, -122.9848 Open in Google Maps

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Getting There

Turn on to Lords Lake Road from Highway 101, 1.5 miles north of Quilcene. Follow Lord Lakes Road to the lake and turn left onto Forest Service Road 28. Turn right onto FS Road 060. Trailhead near junction of FS 28 and FS 060. Be aware, FS Road 060 is poorly marked and can easily be missed.

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Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

Deadfall (#849)

Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District

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Robert Woods

Olympic Mountains Trail Guide

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