Grand Valley Trail

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

Trailhead: Obstruction Point Trailhead

Notices: Permits for this area must be obtained at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles.


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


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, no more than 30 days in advance. Contact the WIC.
Food Storage Method: Community bear wires are available at Grand Lake and Moose Lake. Bear canisters are recommended in some nearby areas.
Location and sites: Grand Lake, Moose 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 permitted 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 damage.
Camping regulations: Camp in designated sites only in Grand Valley.

Fires: 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 summer.

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