Elk Mountain

Port Angeles, Washington 98362

Elk Mountain

Elk Mountain Professional Guide

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"Anchoring the western end of aptly named Grand Ridge, Elk Mountain offers some of the best views in Olympic National Park, which shouldn’t be surprising because it features the highest maintained trail in the preserve.

The “mountain” is really just a knob atop a long alpine ridge, and the trail doesn’t even reach the official summit. But who really cares when the views from the trail itself are unsurpassed? And because the trailhead is already very high, you can reach these enchanting highlands after just a short (but steep) uphill. Once on the ridge, the walking is easy and about as close to hiking heaven as you can imagine."

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Best Wildflower Hikes Western Washington (Falcon Guides)
Peter Stekel
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"The difference in habitat between the two halves of this hike is startling. You begin on rocky, treeless, and windswept Elk Mountain, where what little vegetation is there barely holds onto its perch. Then, the trail dips precipitously through a forest of Subalpine fir, across gurgling springs riotous in colorful wildflowers, to a large meadow before climbing once again to the desolation of Elk Mountain. Plenty of stunning wildflowers that contribute immensely to coloring western Washington landscapes are not, sadly, native to our region. We usually lump all these plants under the term “weeds.” Tops on this list are Scot’s broom (Cytisus scoparius), Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), and California poppy (Eschscholtzia californica)." Read more

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Trail Information

Port Angeles
Nearby City
730 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
2.5 hours