• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Roadway Ditch Maintenance Along Park Roads: Motorists May Encounter Delays

    Motorists may encounter delays along Sol Duc Road (9/30 - 10/1), Whiskey Bend Road (10/2), Deer Park Road (10/7-10/8), and Hurricane Ridge Road (10/9 - 10/10) between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 due to routine maintenance to clean roadway drainage ditches.

  • Spruce Railroad Trail Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to Devil’s Punchbowl

    The trail will be closed for improvements from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats

    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

Grand Valley

 
General Location: 14 miles south of Port Angeles near Obstruction Point. Hurricane Ridge/Obstruction Point area

Trailhead: Obstruction Point, Deer Park

Notices: Permits for this area must be obtained at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles during business hours May 1 through September 30. (360) 565-3100

 

Description:

Ecosystem type: Subalpine meadow, subalpine lake basin
Trail tread types: Well-maintained
General elevation trend: Steep
River crossings: A few small creek crossings. Be prepared to get your feet wet.
Unique features: Wildflowers, wildlife, mountain vistas
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 3.7 miles to Grand Lake, 1/2 mile from Grand Lake to Moose Lake.
Elevation change: 6,100 feet to 4,700 feet
Best Season: Mid July through September

 
 

Camping:

Permits/Reservations: Camping is limited between May 1 and September 30. Obtain permits at the WIC in Port Angeles during business hours. 50% of campsites can be reserved. The other 50% is first come first served through the WIC.

Food Storage Method: Bear wires are available at Grand Lake, Moose Lake and Gladys Lake. Bear canisters are recommended in some nearby areas that have no trees suitable for hanging food.
Location and sites: Grand Lake, Moose Lake, Gladys Lake
Toilet Facilities: A solar composting toilet is available at Grand Lake and Moose Lake. In other areas, bury waste 6-8" and 200 ft from water sources and campsites.
Water Source: Grand Creek, Grand Lake, Moose Lake - Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent getting Giardia.
Stock: Allowed - day use only. Trailers not recommended on the Obstruction Point Road. No camping above 3,500 ft.

 

Special Concerns:

Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in designated sites only in Grand Valley.
Campfires: No campfires in Grand Valley. To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are not allowed above 3,500 feet.
Respect Wildlife:To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day.

 

Safety:

  • In early season several steep snow slopes exist along this trail.
  • An ice ax may be required for much of the spring and early summer.
  • It may also be difficult to follow sections of trail due to snow.
  • Map and compass skills may also be required during much of the spring and early summer.
 
View from Grand Pass
View from Grand Pass
NPS Pablo McLoud
 
Grand Pass
Looking up at Grand Pass
NPS Pablo McLoud
 

Did You Know?

snow covered forest and meadow

That endemic Olympic snow moles are scurrying beneath this blanket of snow? Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge is blanketed with over ten feet of snow for most of the winter, providing water for summer and protection for snow moles in winter.