Deer Ridge

Sequim, Washington

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Sequim
Distance: 9.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: June to November
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Views, Wildflowers
Local Contacts: Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District; Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S, Custom Correct Gray Wolf–Dosewallips

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2/14/2010
A definite challenge! We had a mild winter so we were able to reach the ONP boundary before hitting enough snow to turn around.
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