Grand Ridge (Olympics)

Start high and stay high on the Obstruction Point-Deer Park Trail with stunning views of Obstruction Peak, Elk Mountain, Maiden Peak, Green Mountain and Mount Olympus. A trip here can vary from moderate to very strenuous depending on your plan.

on the trail

Done in its entirety and all the way out-an-back, this is a very strenuous 15 mile hike with nearly 2,000 feet of elevation gain along all of Grand Ridge in the Olympics. Some options for making this a more moderate hike include:

  • Hike 2.5 miles out from Obstruction Point to just beyond Elk Mountain and then back.  It's 5.0 miles round trip with 700 feet of elevation gain and a 6,600 ft highpoint elevation.
  • Hike 3.0 miles out from Obstruction Point to Maiden Peak and then back. It's 6.0 miles round trip with 900 feet of elevation gain and a 6,600 ft high point elevation.
  • Return from Elk Mountain or Maiden Peak by the Badger Valley Cutoff Trail.  It's unmaintained so it is a difficult and challenging return.
  • Split your party in two: one group hikes from Obstruction Point to Deer Park and the other hikes from Deer Park to Obstruction Point with a "key swap" in the middle. It's 7.5 miles one-way with a 6,600 ft highpoint elevation. It's 700 feet of elevation gain and 1,440 feet of elevation loss from Obstruction Point to Deer Park, and visa versa​ from Deer Park to Obstruction Point.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,995 ft
  • 6,600 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 8
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
Map
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  • Green Trails Mt Angeles No. 135
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  • Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Day Hike - Grand Ridge (Olympics)

Day Hiking Trip
Preference to Olympia Branch Conditioning Hiking Series. Trip may be opened to general membership at
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Jul 28, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
9 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Jul 23
Olympia Branch

CHS 2 Hike - Grand Ridge (Olympics)

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Friday overnight required at either Heart O' the Hills Campground with us or finding your
Difficulty: Strenuous/Very Strenuous
Sat, Sep 15, 2018
No Prerequisites
10 participants
Registration opens Aug 22
Seattle Branch
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