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Pets allowed
No
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
0.50 mi (0.80 km)
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Within Olympic National Park, Hurricane Ridge gets top billing (and the most traffic) as far as vehicle-accessible panoramas go. However, just to the northeast sits the lesser known, equally spectacular summit of Blue Mountain. From the 6,007-foot summit, true 360-degree views that encompass Puget Sound, the Pacific Ocean, the San Juan Islands, and the glaciated interior Olympics Mountains are waiting to be enjoyed.  

Blue Mountain sits just above the Deer Park Campground, and it is accessed via the same forest service road. Note that this portion of the road closes seasonally due to snow. Just below the summit is a small parking lot that provides some great views in its own right, and here you'll find the trailhead for the Rain Shadow Loop Trail. To really experience all Blue Mountain has to offer, hike the 0.5-mile round-trip loop to the summit. A short pamphlet is available at the Deer Park Campground that provides interpretive information at marked posts along the trail. As one might guess, the trail gets its name due to its geographic location in the large rain shadow cast by Mount Olympus and the Bailey Range. Annually, the northeastern Olympics receive only a small fraction of the precipitation dropped on their neighbors just to the west.  

The Three Forks, Slab Camp, and Obstruction Point trails are all accessible from the Deer Park/Blue Mountain area, offering adventure opportunities ranging from short day hikes to extensive backpacking and making it an even more attractive destination.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Spectacular 360-degree view. Short hike. Very near Deer Park Campground.

Cons

Narrow and steep forest road.

Trailhead Elevation

5,900.00 ft (1,798.32 m)

Net Elevation Gain

110.00 ft (33.53 m)

Address

Deer Park Rd
Port Angeles, WA 98362
United States

Features

Backcountry camping
Bird watching
Wildlife
Big Game Watching
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Geologically significant
Big Game Watching

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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