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Tyler Peak - Maynard Burn Loop

A short and steep loop to expansive views into the heart of the Olympics

By the Numbers

Distance
7 miles
Elevation
3400 feet
Moving Time
3h
Nutrition
There is a good stream about a mile (and 1000 feet of elevation!) from the trailhead, otherwise it’s dry to the top
Logistics
The access to the trailhead via FS 2870 is rough with frequent, car-eating potholes but otherwise easy to navigate
External

With record breaking heat descending on the PNW, I sought relief in the mountains and took advantage of the snow melt to photograph wildflowers. I really enjoyed this loop and until recently it was not on my radar; nor others apparently because very few trip reports were available at the WTA.

The trail ascends steeply right from the start with laughably short switchbacks, some only a stride or two in length, and continues in much the same way all the way to the ridge. What makes this particular trail somewhat unique for the NE corner of the Olympics is the lack of miles of forest hiking, you get to open views pretty quickly.

There’s a nice stream / waterfall about a mile from the trailhead and later a small meadow with wildflowers where I spent time photographing flowers and avoiding the sun.

A scenic waterfall early on the hike
A scenic waterfall early on the hike
Wildflowers and starburst
Wildflowers and starburst
Trail leading to the ridge
Trail leading to the ridge
The last section of trail before reaching the ridge
The last section of trail before reaching the ridge

The views from the ridge are expansive and wonderful in all directions.

Spectacular lunch spot on the false summit of Tyler Peak
Spectacular lunch spot on the false summit of Tyler Peak
If you zoom in you can see a small group of hikers making their way up the last section of trail before reaching the ridge line
If you zoom in you can see a small group of hikers making their way up the last section of trail before reaching the ridge line
View down into the valley
View down into the valley
Making my way from Tyler to Baldy
Making my way from Tyler to Baldy

After walking along the ridge I wanted to find the Maynard Burn Trail which I did not find immediately, I had walked past the un-signed trail. After a minute or so of looking I found the trail just inside the trees prior to descending from the trail up to Baldy.

Traveling along the ridge towards Baldy shortly before connecting to the Maynard Burn trail
Traveling along the ridge towards Baldy shortly before connecting to the Maynard Burn trail
Trail descending Maynard Burn
Trail descending Maynard Burn
Beautiful meadow of wildflowers; probably peaking a few weeks
Beautiful meadow of wildflowers; probably peaking a few weeks
Descending the Maynard Burn trail
Descending the Maynard Burn trail
A small waterfall at the end of the trail
A small waterfall at the end of the trail

Wildflowers (and a bug)

The real objective of the trip was wildflowers and while the sun was blazing and the flowers are a week or two early, I was not disappointed. I would definitely recommend this hike for the variety and access to flowers!

Cobweb thistle
Cobweb thistle
Chocolate lily
Chocolate lily
Jeffrey’s shooting star
Jeffrey’s shooting star
Ladybug
Ladybug
Olympic larkspur
Olympic larkspur
Red columbine
Red columbine
Candystick
Candystick

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