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This understandably popular trail features wonderful views from atop the lofty Grand Ridge.


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7.5

Miles

12.1

KM

Point to Point

6,632' 2,021 m

High

4,933' 1,503 m

Low

1,030' 314 m

Up

1,974' 602 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

43%

Max Grade (23°)

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Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Trailhead on Obstruction Point Road is accessed via Hurricane Ridge road, entry fee required. Hurricane Ridge road is open every day in the summer but only Fri - Sun & Holidays (weather permitting) from 9am - 4pm during the winter season. Obstruction Point road is snowbound in winter, and designated as a cross country ski track. Avalanche dangers exist, winter navigation skills required. Deer Park Road (other trailhead) closes at first snow and reopens *usually* Mid June.

Description

Many people complete this trail as a long, out-and-back day trip, but others will prefer to arrange a car shuttle to hike only one way. Traveling from west to east is easiest with less elevation gain than east to west. If you are pressed for time, the first few miles on the Obstruction Peak end offer the primo views.

From the Obstruction Point trailhead, hike east towards Elk Mountain. Start out on level ground that becomes an ascent, eventually turning northwards. Pass the intersection with the northern end of the Badger Valley Trail. Continue north across rocky exposed slopes, admiring the views down U-shaped Badger Valley. Spectacular fields of wildflowers adorn the hillsides. Pass the junction with the Elk Mountain Trail. The grade eases considerably until a steep, narrow descent deposits you onto a saddle at the aptly named Roaring Winds campsite.

Climb out of the saddle and pass below Maiden Peak. Continue along the crest of this scenic ridge, now beginning to descend in earnest. From here the trail becomes more wooded and gently rolls through pleasant meadows. Enter an old burn area where most of the trees have been blown down, then climb steeply up to road level. The trail ends on the west side of the Deer Park campground. Interesting factoid: this is the highest maintained trail in Olympic National Park.

Flora & Fauna

Marmots, chipmunks, deer, black bear, eagles. Fir, hemlock, lily, indian paintbrush, lupine.

Contacts

Shared By:

Megan W with improvements by Tilman Giese and 1 other

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  4.6 from 19 votes

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Photos

Looking down a drainage between Obstruction Peak and Elk Mountain.
Feb 4, 2024 near Port An…, WA
Mountains along the trail to Obstruction Point.
Nov 17, 2021 near Port An…, WA
Hiker on the trail to Obstruction Point
Nov 17, 2021 near Port An…, WA
Looking towards the Cascade Mounains from the trail to Obstruction Point.
Nov 17, 2021 near Port An…, WA
Badger Valley
Feb 4, 2024 near Port An…, WA
Upper Grand Creek Valley.
Feb 4, 2024 near Port An…, WA
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Sep 10, 2022
Tilman Giese
Aug 27, 2022
Adam S
Obstruction point to green mountain and back 8.2mi — 2h 45m
Nov 4, 2018
Jerome Graber
Oct 11, 2018
Peter Sneeringer
Out and back to the point before the steep decline. Amazing views of Mt. Olympus, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Rainier. 4.8mi
Jul 12, 2018
Matt Wilson
6mi
Aug 17, 2017
Stephen Spotts
Jul 5, 2017
Brent S
4 in and out from deer park. Amazingly beautiful trail. 8mi
Jul 2, 2017
Brad Strathman
Spectacular hike ascending up to views of Obstruction Point and the Olympic mountain range. Views of Port Angeles to the north. Great hike. 15mi
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