Deer Ridge Trail
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Deer Ridge Trail

Olympic National Park
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Deer Ridge Trail

Deer Ridge Trail

Distance: 9.2mi
Elevation: 2,953ft
Time: 5-7h

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Deer Ridge Trail is a hard hike packing 2953ft of elevation gain into a 9.2mi trail. This hike is generally easy to follow and the wildflowers in summer are beautiful. Although this trail begins in Olympic National Forest, it ends in Olympic National Park, so dogs are not allowed on the trail unless you turn around at the park boundary. The access road has some larger potholes, so drive carefully.

We recommend bringing poles to help on steep sections.

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Getting there

The trailhead for Deer Ridge Trail is off Forest Road 2875.

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Backcountry Campground

Deer Park

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Deer Ridge Trail
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Deer Ridge Trail Description

Deer Ridge Trail offers peekaboo mountain views through the trees of Olympic National Forest, offering an enjoyable adventure on a fairly quiet trail. This route is in good shape but it is steep in sections, so poles are recommended. Watch for wildlife on this hike.

Begin from the trailhead, where you’ll take the path on your right. Follow Slab Camp Creek a short distance before slowly leaving the creek and climbing gradually up the valley wall.

Wrap around the base of the ridge in front of you, still slowly climbing alongside the ridge. You’ll then get up on top of the ridge before then dropping back down to its south side. Hugging this south side of the ridge, you’ll end your ascent at Deer Park Campground. From here, turn around and retrace your steps back to the trailhead when you’re ready.



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