Obstruction Point Road

Port Angeles, Washington

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With its wildflowers and views of the Olympic Mountains, particularly glacier-capped 7,965-foot Mt. Olympus and the park’s deep river valleys, this short, narrow and winding ridgeline road packs a powerful scenic punch as it climbs to 6,150 feet. It runs both just below and on top of Hurricane Ridge (named for the winds that blow in winter), and ends above tree line at the base of 6,450-foot Obstruction Peak. The parking area at the end of the road is the trailhead for a number of day hikes, including the steep, 7.6-mile (one way) Grand Ridge Trail to Deer Park. On a good high-clearance, native-surface road. The park tries to have the road open by July 4, depending on weather and the previous winter’s snowpack. It is generally closed to overnight parking in early October. It is closed altogether by the end of October. It is also closed whenever snow, which can occur anytime, makes driving hazardous.
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Washington Byways

by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

With its wildflowers and views of the Olympic Mountains, particularly glacier-capped 7,965-foot Mt. Olympus and the park’s deep river valleys, this short, narrow and winding ridgeline road packs a powerful scenic punch as it climbs to 6,150 feet. It runs both just below and on top of Hurricane Ridge (named for the winds that blow in winter), and ends above tree line at the base of 6,450-foot Obstruction Peak.

The parking area at the end of the road is the trailhead for a number of day hikes, including the steep, 7.6-mile (one way) Grand Ridge Trail to Deer Park. On a good high-clearance, native-surface road. The park tries to have the road open by July 4, depending on weather and the previous winter’s snowpack. It is generally closed to overnight parking in early October. It is closed altogether by the end of October. It is also closed whenever snow, which can occur anytime, makes driving hazardous.

©  Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Port Angeles
Distance: 15.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour to all day with hiking and sightseeing
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: Washington Road & Recreation Atlas
Driving Directions: Directions to Obstruction Point Road

Recent Trail Reviews

7/14/2004
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I have done this road many times over the last 10 years. It is a well maintained gravel road, when it is open. I have been up there in July and it is still closed sometimes. If you have a fear of heights this steep road may not be for you. There are no guardrails and lots of dropoffs. Wonderful views and wildflowers, and wildlife. A great way to get away from the crowds at Hurricane Ridge.



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