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Rain Shadow Loop

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast
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Length

0.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 170 ft.
Highest Point: 6007 ft.

Rating

4.40 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
 
 

A short half-mile hike, the Rain Shadow Loop takes you to the top of Blue Mountain. Views of the Cascades, Vancouver Island and the Strait of Juan De Fuca, Gray Wolf Ridge, and so much more await you here.

The loop starts heading uphill, then levels out at the top of Blue Mountain. There are so many views surrounding you, so don't forget your camera. Cities as well as extensive views of the water, islands, mountain ranges, and river valleys spread out at your feet. Keep an eye out closer in as well; you'll also see wildflowers and sightings of deer and wild rabbits.

The drive up to the Deer Park Campground and Blue Mountain is easy. After 9 miles of paved road, it turns into a dirt, mostly single car lane road. There are turn offs, for oncoming vehicles. Because the road is narrow, this area is only open from late spring to late fall, but it's worth the trip! 

Call the ranger station to be sure this road is open -- the trailhead is very high, and snow sticks around late in the high country around here. 

 

Rain Shadow Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.9546, -123.2594 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

Olympic National Park

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Guidebooks & Maps

Great Walks of the Olympic Peninsula by Robert Gillmore

Getting There

Headed west on Hwy 101 towards Port Angeles, turn left at Deer Park Rd. Travel along the paved road, and continue along the dirt road. Once you reach the dirt road, you will be within the National Park boundaries. It is 18 miles from Hwy 101 to the trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
 

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