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Obstruction Point to Moose Lake

Olympic National Park

Western Olympic Peninsula, Washington

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  • Five minutes from the trailhead. Watch for marmots!- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • The first big view that you'll see from the trail.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • There is snow along the trail for most of the year.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Wildflowers on the way to Obstruction Point.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Wildflowers on the way to Obstruction Point.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains on the way to Obstruction Point.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Marmot (Marmota).- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Marmot (Marmota).- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Obstuction Point. Depending on snow level, you may be able to park here. Make sure to check the bowl at the end of the loop before leaving here to find out if it will be passable the next day.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Obstruction Point signage.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Starting the loop to Moose Lake (via the ridge).- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • The trail to Moose Lake continues along this ridge.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • This path is quite exposed, and high winds could be treacherous. - Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • A view from the ridge.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Snow and snowmelt.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • A signed junction on the way to Moose Lake.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Prepare to descend almost 1,400 feet to Moose Lake.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Grand Lake, about a half mile from Moose Lake.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Moose Lake.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Moose Lake campsite. Pass up the first few campsites to find great spots further down.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • The mosquito swarm. You will probably want to avoid leaving your tent without full coverage or heavily applied mosquito repellent.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • A resourceful deer in the Moose Lake campsite.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Starting the loop back to Obstruction Point.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • From Moose Lake, you spend a few miles in dense forest before climbing out into wildflower-filled meadows.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Rising above the forest on the way back to Obstruction Point.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Wildflowers near Obstruction Point.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Subalpine lupine (Lupinus latifolius).- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Signage on the return to Obstruction Point.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Wildflowers on the trail to Obstruction Point.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Beginning the very steep ascent up the bowl and back to Obstruction Point.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Snowmelt working through the summer near Obstruction Point.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
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  • Slow going on the ascent to Obstruction Point.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • A big valley view near Obstruction Point.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Almost back to Obstruction Point.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • The trail can be impassible depending on the snowpack.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • - Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Starting back down the fire road.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Tremendous Olympic Mountain views on the return from Obstruction Point.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • The fire road that returns to the parking area.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
  • Sunset in Olympic Mountains.- Obstruction Point to Moose Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Amazing views. Challenging terrain. Wildflowers. Secluded campsites.
Cons: 
Mosquitoes. Hungry deer. Trailhead access can be difficult depending on snowpack.
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Region:
Western Olympic Peninsula, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
16.00 mi (25.75 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
5,200 ft (1,585 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
2,457 ft (749 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back/Loop
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Originally designated in 1897, the combined Olympic National Forest + Park are a massive wilderness sanctuary just a few hours from Seattle by car. Once a home for several Native American tribes, Olympic National Park became a World Heritage Site in 1981.

This two day, 16-mile backpacking trip can be accomplished as a loop. If the snow level is low enough, the access road may be open all the way to Obstruction Point; however, it is more likely that snow will keep the road closed, and you may need to begin your trek about half way between the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and Obstruction Point.

You will be treated to unobstructed views of the mountain range along the fire road. Once you reach Obstruction Point, you can enter the loop portion of the hike by proceeding along the ridge or by moving across the bowl that drops off of Obstruction Point. The route for this adventure proceeds along the ridge and returns through the bowl. Before leaving Obstruction Point along the ridge, walk toward the bowl to assess the snow level on the trail for your return. If there is too much snow, you will have a very difficult time climbing out, and you will need to return on the ridge. As you hike along the ridge you will get some incredible views of the Olympics on either side.

After descending to Moose Lake, pass up the first few campsites you see for better sites a little farther down the trail. The campsites are large, and some are right on the lakeshore. Be warned, however, that you can expect dense swarms of mosquitoes in the summer. Additionally, the deer at Moose Lake enjoy eating your clothes, so keep them in the tent with you.

Get an early start the next day, because the route back to Obstruction Point on this loop is a few miles longer than the trip in. Eventually you will hit the bowl, which is a steep section with precarious footing. Once you reach Obstruction Point, retrace your steps back down the fire road to the trailhead.

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