Obstruction Point to Deer Park

Badger Valley snow capped mountains
Badger Valley near Obstruction Point.

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Trail Conditions
Special Concerns



  • For the most up to date information about how to obtain a Wilderness Permit, visit our Wilderness Reservations page.
  • Camping is only allowed at Roaring Winds Camp. Permits are limited year round. Early reservations are recommended for trips between May to the end of September.
  • Bear canisters are required for food storage at Roaring Winds due to lack of trees for proper hanging.
  • Once snow fully melts (usually around late August), there are no water sources along this trail.
  • Ice axes and self-arrest skills recommended for traversing the slope at the top of the Badger Valley Way Trail when snow-covered.
Grand Valley Trailhead near Obstruction Point.
Patchy snow on Grand Valley trailhead Obstruction Point.

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Ecosystem Type: Alpine meadow subalpine forest
Trail Tread Types: Maintained
General Elevation Trend: Moderate
Unique Features: Highest trail in the park
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 7.4 miles
Elevation Change: 6,100 feet to 5,400 feet
Best Season: Early July through October
Stock: Open to stock. Trailers not recommended on the Deer Park or Obstruction Point Roads.


Food Storage Method: Bear canisters are required.
Location and sites: Roaring Winds Camp only.
Toilet Facilities: None. Bury waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: None.
Stock: Camping with stock is prohibited on this trail.


Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace during your stay to protect vegetation and other park resources. Camp in established sites or on bare ground.
Campfires: Camfires are prohibited along this trail.
Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage, and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day. Bear canisters are required in this area.



  • Always carry the 10 Essentials: map, compass, flashlight, knife, matches, nylon cord, extra food and water, and rain gear with warm clothes.
  • Map & compass navigation skills may be necessary in places along this trail. Snow may cover higher reaches of this trail in any season, so know how to navigate without a trail for guidance.
  • Let someone know where and when you are taking your hike. Make emergency plans for them to follow if you do not return.
  • Watch the weather before and during your hike. Storms move quickly. Whiteouts are sudden. Read the weather forecasts, but remember to read the weather in front of your eyes.
View of Badger Valley from Elk Mountain
View of Badger Valley from Elk Mountain
Grand Valley from Elk Mountain
Grand Valley from Elk Mountain

Last updated: September 8, 2021

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