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Obstruction Point-Deer Park Trail

 9 votes

7.5 Miles 12.1 Kilometers


Singletrack

1,002' 306 m

Ascent

-1,942' -592 m

Descent

6,635' 2,022 m

High

4,929' 1,502 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

Unknown

Update

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

Megan W

Overview

There is the least amount of snow from June to October.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs

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. Some guidebooks call this trail Elk Mountain Trail or Grand Ridge Trail, but it is truly the Obstruction Point-Deer Park Trail. 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.

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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
Sep 12, 2016
Katelyn Robinson

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  4.7 from 9 votes

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Locals call this the key swap. You go in a group. Switch cars the night before. One person goes to Deer Park and the other Hurricane Ridge and meet in the middle. Deer park route is uphill switch backs. Hurricane Ridge route is down hill. There are areas of slate rocks so wear good ankle support hiking shoes. Mar 6, 2017

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