On June 18th, 2017, access to Deer Park, one of the prettiest ridges in Olympic National Park, has reopened! The information was verified on the morning of June 18th, by a call to the Olympic National Park visitor center in Port Angeles.
Deer Park, located 14.5 miles east of Hurricane Ridge, is known for stunning views and incredible hiking, as well as being one of the best accessible destinations to star gaze. Deer Park rests in the Olympic Rainshadow, allowing for a windswept ridge that often has some of the best weather in Western Washington. With 14 campsites facing away from the light of Sequim, Victoria and the other towns of the Salish Sea, Deer Park makes for the ideal destination for those looking for epic views and stunning experiences a mile above the sea.
The Deer Park Road is 18 miles of white-knuckle driving for most who are not used to driving the narrow dirt roads of the Olympic Peninsula. This is not a road for RVS or Trailers, or anyone not willing to back down to a pullout for oncoming traffic. This is one of the “scariest” roads in the National Park Service, but if you can drive it, we suggest you do…safely. Go slow, take your time and pay attention to the road!!! The views are drool inducing, the hiking is phenomenal and the camping is second to none. This is one of our favorite destinations and I guarantee we will be taking numerous trips up this awesome road.
As we mentioned, camping is available to Deer Park, but it is first come first serve and fills up quickly for most of the week. This is one of the crown jewels of Olympic National Park camping experiences, and you need to do your best to spend a night or five here. You are allowed fires up here, despite the campground being above 3,500 feet, but they must be in the approved fire pits placed by the NPS staff. Be advised that you are also not allowed to bring your own firewood, there is no potable water, you must take your own garbage back to town and the only bathroom is a pit toilet. This is as remote as car camping gets and it is glorious, especially as the entire universe exams above you a few hours ofter a stunning sunset.
If you love hiking, the opening of Deer Park is great news. Access to Obstruction Point is gained following a ridge-line hike of 7.4 miles one way. Along the route, take in the stunning views and make sure you can say you hiked Maiden Peak from Deer Park! An easier hike is the Rainshadow Loop to the top of Blue Mountain right near the campground, which gives amazing views of Sequim and the surround region. This place is awesome and you totally need to go here ASAP. The wildflowers will be amazing!!!!