Backpack - Deer Ridge


Backpack - Deer Ridge

You are welcome to stay overnight at our vacation home in Sequim the night before. We will hike up to Deer Park Campground and stay there for the night. The road won't be open yet so the only way to get there is on foot so there should be plenty of room.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,400 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 - 2 mph

You're welcome to stay at our vacation house Friday night.  Please plan on contributing to utilities and food should you be there for dinner and breakfast.  We allow people to use the house for a cost contribution when we aren't there.  Otherwise, meet at the trailhead around 10 ready to hike by 10:15.  

I suggest microspikes as there can be some remnants of ice and snow on the trail in May and June.  I anticipate about 4 hours to the campground as we will likely rest a bit at the benches because the steepest part of the trip is over at that point.  We will also take other short camera or clothing adjustment breaks.  The road should not yet be open so there will be plenty of spots.  There are pit toilets and a water source near the Ranger Station cabin up there.  I doubt we have to pay for a site as it won't be open to car campers yet.  There are other trails we can take up there such as up to Blue Mountain for views over the sound.  The view from the campground is a 180 of the mountains.  There should be wildflowers in bloom.

Please note:  there may still be some snow and ice on the upper trail sections with drop offs.  If you don't feel comfortable crossing something like that (and if it were dangerous, we would not, but everyone's comfort level is different), please take that into consideration.  I will look for updated condition reports closer to the trip.

Please bring reading material just in case.  We will likely be enjoying the view and talking, but it's nice to have in the tent with you.  There are bear proof storage lockers there so you don't need a bear can.

**Note:  if the weather is really yucky, we can just stay at the house and do some day trips = lots to do in the Olympics!  In that case, I do ask $75 for the weekend as I will provide beds or cots if not enough beds for everyone, five to six meals, firewood, utilities, etc. so your help in cost sharing is appreciated.  If you are only there one night and partake in 2-3 meals (dinner, breakfast, lunch), please plan on $40 contribution.


Deer Ridge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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