"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more