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Hiking Mount Walker: Ben There, Done That

The hike provides beautiful views of Puget Sound and Mount Constance.

KING 5's Ben Dery headed to the eastern edge of the Olympic Peninsula for a summit hike that you can choose to drive to if you want.

Should you choose to hike, you start out at a free parking lot just off of Highway 101, a few miles southwest of Quilcene.

Several people use this trail as a trainer hike, since it's only two miles to the summit.  It's a short distance, but the summit takes you to 2,000 feet of elevation gain. 

This hike is most popular in the spring when the Rhododendrons are blooming. 

You can tell you’re getting close to the end when the trees start to let in more sunlight. 

Before you reach the summit, you can see Puget Sound, the Hood Canal Bridge and Mount Constance.

After you reach the top, take some time to go the extra half mile to the south viewpoint. You get another cool perspective of the Sound before heading back downhill to your car.

If you have a hike you think Ben should know about, email him at BDery@king5.com.