This 7.2 mile trail begins in second growth forest and rhododendrons with brief glimpses of Duckabush valley and Mt. Jupiter. Once past The Brothers Wilderness boundary at 5.5 miles, trees thin out and ridge top provides fantastic views of The Brothers and Puget Sound. Grades are moderate to steep.
Travel Hwy 101 to Forest Service Road 2610-010 (Mt. Jupiter Rd.), approximately 22 miles north of Hoodsport.
Follow FS Road 2610-010 for 2.5 miles to the junction with FS Road 2610-011 (the left fork).
Just north of the intersection is a wildlife gate. This gate is locked from October 1 to May 1 and during times of high fire danger. When the gate is locked you must hike the 011 spur 2.5 miles to the trail and the trailhead.
FS Road 2610-010 is steep, winding and can be rough in places.
Trailers are not possible under any circumstances due to the rough roads and difficulty in turning around.
Lake and Pond Fishing
Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:
This trail switchbacks steeply to the ridge, then gradually follows the ridgeline to the Wilderness Boundary where the tread becomes rough and steep. Beyond the Wilderness Boundary are views of Mt. Constance, The Brothers, Hood Canal and Jupiter Lakes. There are panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound from the summit of Mt Jupiter. The best views of Mt. Rainier, Adams, and St. Helens are seen on the return hike. Note: Routes to Jupiter Lakes are not formally established and hikers must scramble down from the ridge 900 feet in elevation to the lakes.
Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:
See day hiking description.
Horse Riding & Camping
Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:
Steep trail with wilderness access. See day hiking description.
Recreation areas with activity Viewing Scenery:
Nice views of The Brothers and Mt. Jupiter. Beyond the Wilderness Boundary the trees thin and fantastic views open up of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. See also: day hiking description.