Jefferson Ridge Trail #808

Area Status: Unreachable

This 1.6 mile trail leads to the top of the ridge through a second growth forest of Douglas-fir. The trail starts in a second growth forest, and meanders in and out of the timber along the edge of a logged area that is covered with rhododendrons and bear grass.  At ½ mile, the trail crosses the 2421 road, and then steeply climbs up the hillside until it reaches the ridge. Views into the Hamma Hamma River Drainage are spectacular. The trail then follows along ridgeline until it reaches the site where the Jefferson Ridge fire lookout tower formerly stood. 

There are scenic views of the surrounding mountains: Mt. Washington and Mt. Pershing; the Sawtooth Range consisting of Mt. Cruiser, Mt. Skokomish and Mt. Stone; The Brothers, and in a gap between Lena and The Brothers, a rounded peak with a snowfield - Mt. Deception and a steep peak – Mt. Mystery. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Forest Road 2421 up to Jefferson Repeater and Jefferson Ridge Trail is still closed due to WA Department of Natural Resources logging/road work.
Open Season: Early Summer
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles are prohibited.
Closest Towns: Brinnon, WA
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene office

General Information


Jefferson Ridge Trailhead

From Hoodsport, WA travel north for 14 miles on Highway 101 to Forest Service Road 25 (Hamma Hamma Recreation Area). Turn west on Forest Service Road 25 and travel 6.5 miles to the junction of the Forest Service Road 2480 and turn left. Drive a short distance after you cross the Hamma Hamma River to Forest Service Road 2421. Turn on to 2421 and drive 2.5 miles to trailhead.

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