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Valhalla Peak
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Valhalla Peak

 
Valhalla Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 47.75606°N / 123.09524°W

Object Title: Valhalla Peak

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Elevation: 5345 ft / 1629 m

 

Page By: awilsondc

Created/Edited: Jul 15, 2012 / Aug 26, 2013

Object ID: 800488

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Overview

 
Harrison Lake and Valhalla Peak
Valhalla Peak and Harrison Lake
Not to be confused with Colorado's Valhalla Peak, or the one in Alaska, or the one in Wisconsin, or this other one in Washington, this Valhalla Peak sits on the east edge of the Olympic National Forest. Although Valhalla Peak isn't among the tallest of peaks in the Olympic National forest, it does have the distinction of commanding one of the best views of nearby Mount Constance from it's summit. The summit can easily be reached in a day from the Tunnel Creek Trailhead. Alternately you could reach the summit via the Dosewallips although you'd be adding an additional 2000 feet of steep elevation gain. Not many select this rout, as most go up via Tunnel Creek.

Getting There

Take highway 101 to Penny Creek Road (about 1.5 miles south of Quilcene). Head west on Penny Creek Road for 1.5 miles and bear left on Big Quilcene River Road (Forest Road 27). Follow this road for 3 miles and turn left on Forest Road 2740. Continue on FR 2740 for 7 miles to the trailhead. The road is very well marked. Just follow the signs that say Tunnel Creek Trailhead.

Tunnel Creek Trail

The Tunnel Creek Trail starts at 2402 elevation according to the MyTopo map (here) or 2600 feet according to the Forest Service trail info (here). The first 3 miles of the trail is a gradual ascent and parallels Tunnel Creek. The trail is largely under tree cover making it a nice choice for a hike during those hot summer days as the tree cover makes the trail cool. After 2.7 miles and just over 1000 feet elevation gain you will reach the Tunnel Creek Shelter at 3700 feet.

Tunnel Creek Trail
Tunnel Creek Trail
Tunnel Creek Shelter
Tunnel Creek Shelter
Tunnel Creek Foot Bridge
Foot Bridge


Continue on past the shelter about .25 miles and take the bridge across the creek and begin the ascent to Harrison Lake. This is the steepest part of the trail and gains about 1000 feet of elevation in one mile before reaching Harrison Lake at 4750 feet. From the east edge of Harrison lake, Valhalla peak can be seen in the distance.

From here, follow the trail south past the east edge of the lake towards 5050 pass. Take the hikers trail west along the ridge of 5050 pass, and avoid the trail that leads south down to the Dosewallips. The trail to the summit is short and to the point and reaches the summit after about 600 feet elevation gain and 1/2 mile.

Total Distance (one way): 4.4 miles
Total Elevation Gain (est.): 2800 feet

Valhalla Peak Panorama
Valhalla Peak Summit Panorama - Mount Constance

Camping

There are spots for camping at Harrison Lake. Some may debate weather you call Harrison Lake a lake or a large pond, but there is camping to be had here.

Weather

Click Here for NOAA weather information.

External Links

 
Mount Constance from near 5050 pass
Mount Constance from 5050 pass
These links provide information about the Tunnel Creek Trail up to Harrison Lake and 5050 pass. Valhalla Peak is a short scramble to the west from there.

Forest Service Tunnel Creek Trail #841

Washington Trails Association Tunnel Creek Trail

Images

Valhalla Peak from the WestTunnel Creek TrailValhalla Peak PanoramaTunnel Creek ShelterMount Constance from near 5050 passHarrison Lake and Valhalla PeakValhalla Peak in November
Valhalla PeakValhalla Peak from Harrison LakeValhalla Summit Tunnel Creek Foot Bridge