Deer Ridge Trail #846 is a hiking trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Buckhorn Wilderness Area, Olympic National Forest, and Olympic National Park. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 2,542 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,603 feet. The Deer Park Campground camp site is near the trailhead. There is also a parking. Along the trail there is a viewpoint.
Deer Ridge Trail #846 Professional Reviews and Guides
"Deer Park is a busy, high-elevation destination in the northeast corner of Olympic National Park. July–October the park can be reached by a steep and winding gravel road. Locals know, however, that you can also reach this mountain paradise before the road opens via a quiet trail that climbs to the area from US Forest Service land to the east. In fact, on a sunny day in late June, it is hard to imagine a more scenic hiking destination on the entire peninsula. The trip involves a stiff climb, so it’s not for everyone, but for wildflowers, wildlife, and outstanding mountain views, it’s hard to beat."
--Douglas Lorain, Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
"You can easily drive to Deer Park via a snaking gravel road from Port Angeles. But here are four good reasons to hike up to it instead. One: access, since the road is often closed until July. Two: profuse wildﬂowers, both in number and variety. Three: spectacular views of the entire Gray Wolf River valley and its towering peaks. And four: you’ll earn it all, something you simply can’t do from the seat of your SUV.
From the trailhead, bear right onto Deer Ridge Trail No. 846 and follow a decommissioned road-turned-trail for a short while. Then gently climb through a dry forest of Douglas-ﬁrs, layered with rhododendrons and carpeted by salal and kinnikinnick."
--Craig Romano, Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books).
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