OBSTRUCTION POINT / DEER PARK TRAIL...7.4 MILES
GRAND PASS TRAIL
ELK MOUNTAIN PRIMITIVE TRAIL
BADGER VALLEY TRAIL
THREE FORKS TRAIL
CAMERON PASS TRAIL
CAMERON CREEK TRAIL
CAMERON CREEK TRAIL
UPPER GRAYWOLF RIVER TRAIL
DIRECTIONS TO : DEER PARK OR OBSTRUCTION POINT TRAILHEAD
TRAIL OPTIONS :
From the parking lot of Obstruction Point, follow the trail to the left. (The right goes to Grand Valley.) In 2
miles you'll find yourself at the breathtaking top of Elk Mountain. Over the next 5.5 miles, you will pass through
Roaring Winds Camp (not misnamed), up to Maiden Peak and finally Green Mountain. In late June the air is filled
with the smell of Lyle's lupine, which grows amid the loose scree. This is a good turnaround point, unless you
want to descend to Deer Park.
In front of you are peaks and lakes and marmots and deer and more marmots and more peaks. Several different loop
trips are possible. You could also head south, cross Grand Pass, Cameron Pass, and Lost Pass, then either head
west (across Hayden Pass) to the Elwha, or east down the Dosewallips.
NEAREST CAMPGROUND: Heart O' the Hills (5 miles from Port Angeles)
RANGER STATION : Hurricane Ridge
BRING WATER AND STRONG SUNBLOCK AND BUG SPRAY
There is a shortage of both trees and water on this hike.
BADGER VALLEY TRAIL
FOR ALTERNATIVE IF STORMING.
The various loop trails around Hurricane Ridge are fine, but one of the pre-eminent wildflower walks of the
park -- best in late June and early July -- is the Grand Ridge Trail between Obstruction Point Road and the
Deer Park area. So bring your camera, but don't pick. You'll also see more common paintbrush, lupine, phlox,
aster, avalanche lilies and heather. Try the Hurricane Hill Trail, starting where the road ends, for 3 miles
(round-trip) of wildflowers and stunning mountain views. Layers of sedimentary rock along the trail stand
folded and tilted on end from the continental collision. The summer wildflower hike to Roaring Winds camp from
Obstruction Point, a 6.4-mile round-trip walk with a one-way option for hikers with cars parked at Obstruction
Point and Deer Park.
OBSTRUCTION PEAK :
Obstruction Peak (6,450'/1966m). Obstruction Peak is located at the eastern end of Hurricane Ridge. It is
easily ascended from the Obstruction Point-Deer Park Trail leading NE from the end of Obstruction Point Road,
or via a direct cross-country hike and scramble from the road.
Klahhane Ridge extends from the peaks of Mt. Angeles through Rocky Peak to Burnt Mountain. Hurricane Ridge
proper extends from Hurricane Hill above the Elwha Valley to Obstruction Point and continues, with a name
change as Grand Ridge, all the way to Deer Park where it is truncated by Blue Mountain, but it could be said
to extend all the way down Deer Ridge to Ned Hill above the Dungeness River.
Lillian Ridge is a spur of Hurricane Ridge. Therefore, the highest peak on Hurricane/Grand Ridge is really
Elk Mountain (6764 feet elev.) but since most people associate this mountain with the name "Grand Ridge",
Obstruction Point is a good terminus and high point for "Hurricane Ridge". Most tourists fail to realize that
Hurricane Ridge is NOT visible from Port Angeles and vicinity. What they are looking at (and calling Hurricane
Ridge) is actually Klahhane Ridge and the Elwha River Range.
GRAND RIDGE :
The entirety of the Grand Ridge Trail, which links Hurricane Ridge to Obstruction Point, is above tree line, and
most of its length is along a knife-edge ridge with huge views spilling in either direction. Most of the trees
are subalpine fir. Their distinctive steeple shape helps shed snow. Near tree line, a 3-foot-tall tree may be 100
years old; summer wildflowers thrive where no tree can take hold. Grand Ridge (Obstruction Point to Green
Mountain)--11 mi. RT. Moderate.
I WOULD USE SEQUIM WA. FOR CLOSEST WEATHER FORECAST. The northeastern corner of Olympic National Park lies in the
rain shadow of the mountains, making it one of the driest areas in the park. The difference in plant communities is
visible as you hike through the region with lush plant growth on northern aspects of the area and drier southern
You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.