Welcome to SP!  -
Sentinel Peak

Sentinel Peak

  Featured on the Front Page
Sentinel Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 47.77912°N / 123.34186°W

Object Title: Sentinel Peak

County: Jefferson

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer

Elevation: 6592 ft / 2009 m


Page By: OlympicMtnBoy

Created/Edited: Aug 20, 2006 / Oct 8, 2014

Object ID: 217429

Hits: 10026 

Page Score: 95.18%  - 51 Votes 

Vote: Log in to vote


Sentinel Peak Overview

Morning in the Upper Dosewallips
Sentinel Peak at sunrise from West Wellesley Peak

Sentinel Peak looms above Hayden Pass in the heart of the central eastern Olympics. When hiking south into the Olympics from Lost Pass, Sentinel Peak rises prominently on the horizon, begging for a closer look from the avid hiker and mountaineer. This Talus plastered peak is located at the head of the Dosewallips River, which runs East towards the Hood Canal. Its western slopes drain into the Elwah River system, which leads to the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the north. The southeastern face overlooks the remote Silt Creek valley.

Sentinal Peak is an awesome location to view one of the Olympic's grandest and most spectacular uplifts, the Anderson Massif. The Eel and Hanging Glaciers of Anderson rise to the south of Sentinel Peak, rewarding the climber with a rush of beauty. Sentinel Peak's summit encompasses views of Thousand Acre Meadow, Wellesley Peak, Lost Peak, The Bailey Range, Mt Olympus, Mt Meany, Mt Queets,Mt Deception, Mt Cameron, Mt Christie, Mt Fromme and dozens of other Olympic beauties.

Sentinel Peak Summit
Summit rocks of Sentinel Peak

This simple class 2 scramble up a primitive climbers trail to the summit over loose rock is well worth the effort, not only for the view, but also for the variety of life along the way. Butterflies swarm small pockets of violet & white Phlox, and other beautiful blue and yellow beauties crowd the senses of the beholder. Take your time to enjoy the life on this beautiful Olympic summit.

Although many in the range are higher, few peaks hold such vast views and wild opportunities as does the Sentinel Peak experience. Great places to view this peak are from Lost Pass and the lush mountain stream meadows beneath Hayden Pass, where Black Bears thrive. With its close proximity to Hayden Pass, Sentinel Peak is along a major access route to the eastern or western Olympics. However, the chances of meeting any people at the summit are unlikely. It is perhaps climbed a handful of times in a single year, with August probably having most of those climbs.

View East
Looking east from the summit
Looking West towards Olympus
Looking west from Sentinel summit

Getting to Sentinel Peak

Morning Reflection
Glorious Morning
Fiery Sunset at Hayden Pass
Fire in the sky above Sentinel Peak

Although Sentinel Peak is a straight forward climb, the "getting there" will require much more effort. Since the Dose road washed out, it adds another five miles of hiking onto the Dosewallips River Trail. This makes it a 20 mile backpack in to get to the foot of Sentinel Peak at Hayden Pass, with about 4,000 feet of elevation gain to reach Hayden Pass.

The Cameron Creek Trail over Cameron Pass connects with the Dose Trail, and is another route with which to reach Sentinel's shiny Talus cliffs, but is about the same distance as the Dose trail, with much more elevation gain, just over 5,500 to reach Hayden Pass. Either way it's a long walk in, but any Olympic lover would make the effort just to view that stunning Eel Glacier!

Red Tape for Sentinel Peak

Halfway up
The Approach

Fill out a permit at the Dose trailhead, which will cost 5 dollars per person, and another 2 dollars a night per person. If your entering in from Deer Park to go up the Cameron Creek trail it will cost you 15 dollars to enter the Park.

Camping Near Sentinel Peak

Sentinel Peak
The stately northern face of Sentinel Peak from Lost Pass~July 30, 2012~


Dose Meadows, an excellent spot along the Dosewallips River, provides many good campsites just 2.3 miles from the base of Sentinel Peak. Bear Camp is another 1.7 miles to the east, but is also within easy day hike distance. Further along the Dosewallips River is Deception Creek camp, about 7 miles from Sentinel Peak.

Major Peaks from Sentinel Summit

Wellesley Peak Sentinel's Sister Anderson Massif Mt Fromme Mt Olympus Mt Deception & Mystery Mt Cameron & Lost Peak
Sentinel Peak Link:http://www.peakbagger.com/peak.aspx?pid=925

Sentinel Peak Life

Larkspur along the primitive trail
Butterfly and Phlox
Butterfly and Phlox near summit