Mount Walker

A steep unpaved road to the summit of Mount Walker in Washington

Mount Walker is a peak at an elevation of 844m (2,769ft) above the sea level, located in Jefferson County, in the U.S. state of Washington. The road to the summit is brutally steep, hitting a 25 percent through some of the ramps.

Located on the eastern side of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, in the Olympic Range, the road to the summit (built by the CCC) is totally unpaved. It’s called Mount Walker Road (Forest Service Road 2730). The road leads to the top of the mountain. Trailers and motorhomes are prohibited. The road is closed during winter months and usually open by May 1. There are fewer visitors in the winter when the summit road is closed.

This popular drive is narrow and steep with a few turnouts. It begins five miles south of Quilcene on U S Highway 101 (Olympic Highway). It’s 8.20km (5.1 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 693 meters. The average gradient is 8.45%. The summit had a fire lookout dismantled in 1967. The summit features amazing views.

 

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.