Grand Pass Trail

Olympic National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain6,926ft
Trailhead Elevation6,118ft
Elevation Min/Max4151/6452ft
Elevation Start/End6118/6118ft

Grand Pass Trail

Grand Pass Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Clallam County and Jefferson County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 7.4 miles long and begins at 6,118 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,926 feet. The Trailhead Parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Cameron Pass Trail, Obstruction Point-Deer Park Trail, Cameron Creek Trail, Lillian Ridge Way Trail, Gladys Lake Camp Trail, Grand Lake Trail and Grandview Peak Way Trail.

Grand Pass Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"In a park where more than a few valleys can vie for the name “grand,” this one is the grand contender. A necklace of sparkling alpine lakes adorning bold mountain faces spans this mile-high valley.

Wildflowers, old growth, alpine tundra, deer, bears, marmots—they’re all here in this outdoor cathedral. Your ticket into this wild kingdom is mostly downhill, though you do pay the piper on the grueling ascent on the way out."

"A necklace of sparkling alpine lakes adorn bold mountain faces that span this mile-high valley. Wildflowers, old growth, alpine tundra, deer, bears, marmots—they’re all here in this outdoor cathedral, a grand valley indeed. Your ticket into this wild kingdom comes at minimal cost—the trail is mostly downhill. You pay the piper on the way out on a grueling ascent.

Bursting with flowers and teeming with wildlife, this valley is neglected by those in a hurry to get to Grand Valley. Don’t expect any badgers, though—it was named after a ranger’s horse. There are endemic Olympic marmots, however—close enough.

Dogs are prohibited."

"The hike to Grand Valley is backwards—you start from one of the highest trailheads in the Olympics, roam through the sky on a ridge of flowery alpine tundra, and then descend to a lake-filled valley. The valley is grand, and so are the lakes and the view of Mount Olympus from the hike’s high points."

"A 7.6-mile round-trip day hike from Obstruction Point to Grand Lake, or an 8.1-mile backpack one-way to Cameron Creek. This outstanding hike combines the Lillian Ridge and Grand Pass Trails to link Obstruction Point with the Cameron Valley. Along the way the route runs alpine ridges, passes sparkling lakes, and offers sweeping views of the eastern Olympics.

From Obstruction Point the trail climbs onto the rounded top of Lillian Ridge, clad in grassy meadows that are populated by colonies of playful marmots. The ridgetop is soon dominated by an arid alpine tundra, in which hardy flowers like dwarf lupine, phlox, and fleabane eke out a hardscrabble existence
in the high winds, short growing seasons, and lack of water found here. Spectacular scenery abounds on all sides."

"Hike from the highest trailhead in the Olympics along a spectacular open ridge, accompanied by wildflowers and whistling marmots on this 7.4-mile out-and-back hike. You’ll get lofty views into the heart of the Olympic’s Bailey Range and out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Descend to a string of emerald valley lakes, pleasant destinations for a day hike or overnight stay.

A hike starting high on a ridge between heaven and earth, this rewarding trail from Obstruction Point to Grand Valley will allow you to experience the wild alpine country of the Olympics with a minimum of effort, since the trail is level or downhill most of the way and starts at the highest trailhead in the Olympics. (If you’re backpacking, here’s your opportunity to pack in the extra-heavy bottle of red wine.)"

Grand Pass Trail Reviews

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I did this not knowing what to expect when I started and it turned out out to be amazing, living in this area for 30yrs and missed this, I only made it as far as Grand Lake and did the hike counter clockwise but you'll see everything even a waterfall, it was dark when I made it back to obstruction point except for a full moon
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The morning of our trek the ranger described the conditions to get out to obstruction point as trecherous driving. Challenge! We began this amazing hike in completely fogged in conditions with freezing rain. Down through a ground zero looking dessert of shale chips on a cuttingly windy ridge. 1 hour in the pay off began as we viewed the amazing bailey ridge and straits of san juan de fuca in the distance. Through a stunning conifer forest where we unearthed groundling mushrooms ( that sell in pikes for $40 lb) until we finally hit the lake and the switchback. The alternate route went down another mile before we finally started to move up hill......way up hill...look out calves we keep on going up, through an enchanted mossy forest to the flats and stunning wheat like fields until the last mile 1/2. once again in a desrt of shale chips switchbacking our way up with no energy and 20 minutes of day light to go. we stop and eat an orange the ice pellets are back and I wonder how we can camp with no equipment in these conditions finally victory is ours as we make the trail head with 15 mins of light to go! What a great day!! The scenery is worth the pain
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No recent report.Not recommended for stock due to steep grade. Steep hazardous snow on north side of pass. Ice ax recommended. Deep snow in the high country.

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Trail Information

Olympic National Park
Nearby City
Olympic National Park
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Views, Wildflowers
Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center, Port Angeles; (360) 565-3100; nps.gopv/olym
Local Contacts
Green Trails no. 134S, Elwha North– Hurricane Ridge; Green Trails Custom Correct Hurricane Ridge
Local Maps

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Nov 2018