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Rainshadow Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.4 mile 0.7 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 115' 35 m
Descent: -119' -36 m
High: 5,977' 1,822 m
Low: 5,858' 1,786 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

This easy side trip offers an informative and scenic mountain top loop hike.

Megan W

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Family Friendly While this trail's moderate to strong grades may deter families with children, its short length and panoramic views make it well worth it.

Description

This short self-guided loop trail to the top of Blue Mountain has panoramic views of lowlands and mountains. The trail is named for the fact that Blue Mountain is in a rainshadow- all of the moisture from Pacific storms is dropped as clouds rise over Mt. Olympus and the Bailey Range.

Because Blue Mountain is on the dry, eastern side of the Olympics, it gets about 18 inches of rain per year. Compare this to places the Olympic's western slopes (like the Hoh Rain Forest) which can get 140 inches of rain.

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Jun 16, 2019
Shane Bruhnke
Jul 24, 2016
Taichi Watanabe

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The clouds above hang Dungeness Valley as seen from the Rainshadow Trail. with permission from Ralph Maughan
Mar 21, 2016 near Port An…, WA

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