Took the day off Wednesday to bag Welch Peak and Mount Townsend (Olympic Nat'l Forrest), starting from the Little Quilcene trailhead.
The pictures below tell the story of this rewarding hike. For the record, this was the first time I had a view from these peaks, normally the visibilty has been less than than about 20 feet.
The Little Quilcene trail provided a nice summer route up Mt Townsend since, for most of the trail's length, there was this fantastic view of the adjacent ridge.
On the ridge between Townsend and Welch Pk, there was this irresistable boulder jutting up - it had to be climbed.
Paul on Boulder on Welch Pk Ridge
The Welch Peaks are actually much nore interesting than Mt Townsend.
And, of course, that's me standing on the summit of Welch Peak.
Welch Peak Summit (Mt Townsend in Background)
My favorite picture - clouds spraying out of the distant Mount Constance.
Cloudburst Surrounds Mt Constance
I just had to include this closup pic of Constance as seen from Welch Peak.
Mt Constance Closeup View
Click here for the March 2005 welch Peak Trip Report.