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Olympic National Park
Hiking the Rainshadow

Easier Hikes

Grand Valley Trail . . . 7.8 miles of extended alpine views. Wildflowers & marmots.

Cameron Creek Trail . . . 13.3 miles. Follow the creek to the Dosewallips River

Royal Creek Trail . . . 7.2 miles. Passes by avalanche area with spectacular display of wildflowers.

Upper Graywolf River Trail . . . 13 miles. Old-growth forest to sub-alpine area.

Easier Hikes

Dosewallips
Terrace Loop Trail begins and ends 100 yards from the Dosewallips Ranger Station on the Dosewallips River trail. The Dosewallips River is accessible along this 1.5 mile trail.

Grand Valley Trail (#88+89)
Obstruction Point to Grand Pass

NPS foot trail with high use. After a gradual ascent and following Lillian Ridge, the trail descends rather steeply with narrow grade to Grand Lake. It then follows Grand Creek up past Moose and Gladys Lakes before climbing steeply to Grand Pass. The entire area is located in a fragile subalpine environment.

Extended alpine views of the entire route make this a very popular hike. Opportunities for seeing marmots and wildflowers. Grand and Moose Lakes contain brook trout.

Maps Custom Correct - Graywolf, Dosewallips
Green Trails - Mt. Angeles
7.5 min USGS - Maiden Peak
15 min USGS - Mt. Angeles

Access
The Obstruction Point Trailhead parking lot is at the end of the Obstruction Point Road (gravel, single track, winding) 8 miles from Hurricane Ridge parking lot. Hurricane Ridge is 17.0 miles from the Pioneer Memorial Museum. The nearest campground is Heart O' the Hills. There are no horse facilities nearby.

Trail Use
Primary destinations are Grand and Moose Lakes. This trail is not passable to pack stock due to the steep talus slopes it traverses. Tread is narrow but presents no problem to hikers.

0.0 Obstruction Point Trailhead (6100 ft.)
3.7 Grand Lake, junction w/ Badger Valley Trail (4750 ft.)
4.1 Moose Lake (5100 ft.)
4.7 Gladys Lake (5400 ft.)
6.0 Grand pass (6400 ft.)
7.8 Cameron Trail (4150 ft.)

Off season Use
The Obstruction Point Road is not plowed. It is closed to motor vehicles whenever snow makes travel difficult. It is therefore not advisable to park at the trailhead during times of the year when it may snow heavily. When the road is open, the trail is usually snow free. In case of a storm while in the valley, it is advisable to come out via the Badger Valley Trail (despite the difficult stream crossing) since it is less exposed at the top.

Management Concerns
High use and moderate to heavy resource impacts. Use care with sanitation, especially near the lakes and streams. Use toilet located at Grand Lake. Stoves-only in the total area. Reservations available for overnight use in this quota area, although some backcountry areas of the park now require reservations while others in quota areas of the park have reservations available for 50 percent of the available sites. Register at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles, phone (360) 565-3100. Campers MUST camp in designated sites only.

Cameron Creek Trail
Three Forks to Dosewallips River via Cameron Creek

National Park Service trail maintained for foot traffic. Trail open to stock to Cameron Basin. Stock not recommended beyond Cameron Basin. Trail begins at Three Forks camp and follows Cameron Creek to Cameron Basin to Cameron Pass and onto Lost Pass and the Dosewallips River. The route climbs gradually up through mixed forest until it reaches the sub-alpine zone just below Cameron Basin.

Maps
Custom Correct - Gray Wolf - Dosewallips
Green Trails - Tyler Peak #136

Access
This trail can be accessed via Deer Park or the Lower Graywolf Trail. A small primitive campground is located at Deer Park. The Three Forks Trail descends 4.1 miles to Three Forks camp.

Trail Use
Water is available nearly the entire route. Boil or treat all drinking water. Campfires are prohibited above 4,000 ft.

0.0 Three Forks Camp (2600 ft. elevation)
4.9 Lower Cameron Shelter (3800 ft.)
7.0 Junction w/Grand Pass Trail (3950 ft.)
9.0 Cameron Basin (5250 ft.)
10.5 Cameron Pass (6450 ft.)
12.4 Lost Pass (5550 ft.)
13.3 Dosewallips Trail (4450 ft.)

Stock
There are no stock facilities located at Deer Park. Trailers are not recommended on the Deer Park road as it is not wide enough.

Off Season Use
Snow lingers at Cameron Pass and Lost Pass until mid-summer. Ice axes are recommended during this period of time. Avalanche conditions may be present from late fall to early summer. There are no fire allowed above 4,000 ft.

Management Concerns
Hikers must camp in pre-existing sites and use pre-existing fire rings where fires are allowed. If travelling cross-country, camp on bare ground only. Bury all human waste and pack out your toilet paper.

Royal Creek Trail
Royal Creek to Royal Lake

This trail begins at USFS Dungeness Trailhead. 1.3 miles to Park Boundary. The route climbs steadily for about seven miles to Royal Lake. Stock are allowed only as far as the Lower Basin (5700 ft.) Stock are not allowed to Royal Lake.

The Trail begins in dry open forest. Some trees are quite large. It passes through three or four avalanche areas where spectacular displays of wildflowers can be seen. After about 4.5 miles the hiker begins to enter the sub- alpine zone which continues beyond Royal Lake. The trail follows the Dungeness River for one mile and then follows Royal Creek for the remainder of the hike.

Maps
Custom Correct - Gray Wolf - Dosewallips
Green Trails - Tyler Peak, WA #136

Access
The Dungeness Trailhead is located along USFS road #2860 approximately one hour from Sequim.

Trail Use
Boil, treat or filter all water. Beautiful sub-alpine meadows can be found near Royal lake. Fires are not permitted above 4,000 feet.

0.0 Dungeness Trailhead (2500 ft. elevation)
1.0 Junction with Royal Creek (2750 ft.)
1.5 Park Boundary (3000 ft.)
6.2 Lower Basin (4750 ft.)
7.2 Royal Lake (5100 ft.)

Off-Season Use
Royal Lake becomes snowfree late May to Mid June. Snow will remain in the upper basin until late July. Avalanche conditions and steep snow slopes exist through the winter season.

Management Concerns
Royal Basin is one of the more heavily used sub-alpine lake areas in Olympic National Park. Fires are not permitted above 4000 ft. Camp only in designated sites at Royal Lake and/or on bare ground. There are no toilets in Royal Basin. Bury all human waste six inches or more in organic soil. Pack out all toilet paper and garbage. It is recommended that visitor urinate on rocks or in trails. This will prevent deer and other wildlife from digging up fragile vegetation. Hang all food as bear and deer are present in the area. Some backcountry areas of the park now require reservations while others in quota areas of the park have reservations available for 50 percent of the available sites. For the latest information contact the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles, phone (360) 565-3100.

Climbers
Mt. Deception and the Needles are NOT walk-ups. Routes tend to be very steep and the rock and snow tend to be very rotten. Not recommended for inexperienced hikers or climbers. Please check with Royal Basin ranger (summer only) or the Wilderness Center conditions for special hazards.

Upper Graywolf River Trail
Park Boundary to Dosewallips River via Upper Graywolf Trail

National Park Service trail maintained for foot and stock traffic to Falls Creek shelter. Trail is seldom maintained beyond shelter. This trail climbs gradually through old growth forests up into the sub-alpine zone near Gray Wolf Pass. Cedar Lake way trail is not maintained and stock are prohibited on this trail.

Maps
Custom Correct - Gray Wolf - Dosewallips
Green Trails - Mt. Angeles #135
Tyler Peak #136

Access
The Gray Wolf trail can be access via the USFS Gray Wolf Trailhead, the Slab Camp Trailhead, or the Three Forks Trailhead.

Trail Use
This trail receives moderate use. The majority of hikers start from Deer Park and come in via the Three Forks Trail. There is plenty of water available once one hits the Gray Wolf trail. Campsites exist at Three Forks, Camp Ellis, Falls Shelter. Hikers must camp in pre-existing sites.

Stock Use
There are no stock facilities at Deer Park or the Three Forks Trailhead. Stock users should follow signs at Three Forks to the horse ford. DO NOT follow the foot trail. Stock will not be able to ford this way as the river enters somewhat of a canyon.

0.0 Three Forks (2250 ft. elevation)
2.7 Camp Ellis (3200 ft.)
5.4 Falls Shelter (4000 ft.)
9.5 Graywolf Pass (6200 ft.)
13.0 Dosewallips River (3600 ft.)

Off Season Use
During the winter, spring, and early summer season, Gray Wolf Pass will likely be under snow. Avalanche conditions may be present and ice ax is recommended. The trail is also subject to great numbers of windfall and washouts.

Management Concerns
Campers must camp in pre-existing campsites and use designated fire rings for campfires where allowed. Campfires are prohibited above 4,000 ft. Cedar Lake Way Trail is not maintained and may be difficult to follow in places. No Fires at Cedar Lake.


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