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Deer Park Road is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Port Angeles, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for ohv/off road driving and is best used from April until October.

Length 11.8 mi Elevation gain 4,455 ft Route type Point to Point
Ohv / off road driving Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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This is a single lane gravel road for highway-legal vehicles to get you up to the Deer Park campgrounds and trailheads. Technically, you can walk or run it but it is primarily used by drivers. When the trailhead closes for winter, you can park at the entrance and snowshoe up the main park road. Do not drive too close to the edge as there are soft shoulders. Pull-outs along the way help easy traffic for people going different directions. This route is safer to drive on when it hasn't rained recently.

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Sarah Lane
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HikingRocky

Open on 7/17/2020 — check out reviews on the other Deer Park route (short loop, 0.4)- this is at the top of this route- great views and well worth it, but last 8 miles of this road is curvy and gravel.

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Gokusview IG
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Hiking

Still closed):

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Christopher Kluge
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HikingClosed

6-21-2020 Road closed where the pavement ends.

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Monica Guzman
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Hiking

Got up to dirt road today and gate is closed. Sadly, we’ll have to try the drive again some other time.

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Charles Krause
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Hiking

The road up is a bit stressful, but otherwise not hard. My friends and I just found some trails and eventually just hiked different areas. Stunning at the top. a great place to explore without having concrete plans, great views whoever you go!!!

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Matthew Cartwright
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Scenic driving

pretty drive but it is a FS road that leads to the top of the mountain

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Aaron Burks
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Hiking

Does anyone know if this trail is still open? Wanting to drive up and camp out

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Lexa Dundore
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Scenic driving

This drive was gorgeous! Even on a fairly foggy day, it was wild to see the mountain tops peek out through the mist. We saw a few deer along the way. Once at the summit there is a campground and several trails. Did the easy Rain Shadow loop with some breathtaking views and alpine scenery, and went along the Deer Park Trail for about a mile towards Slab Camp that was very narrow with a freaky drop off to one side. Both home to the tiniest chipmunks I’d ever seen! Unfortunately we did encounter one person with a dog, and someone else had left a couple of poo bags just sitting along the trail. No pets allowed folks! Will definitely return to camp and hike further.

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Vince Moriarty
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Off Road Driving

Very nice scenic drive! you can probably do this in a 2WD, just go slow cuz there are lots of blind corners. Spectacular views at the top!

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Kevin C
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Hiking

Good views Dirt road Use caution lots of blind turns Fun day

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Justin Nelson
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Off Road Driving

This trail is a rather easy drive. I passed a honda fit on the way up. it can get narrow, and it's not all that steep. the down side to my trip was at the top it was real foggy.

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Cindy Zetina
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HikingOff trail

Amazing views! Road is steep and narrow but worth doing. Super fine dust gets over EVERYTHING at campsite.

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Brian Thompson
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SnowshoeingSnow

Trailhead was closed for winter, so we parked at entrance and snowshoed up the main park road. Tons of fresh powder and super deep. Seems to be very popular for cross country skiing and snowshoes this time of year. Very quiet, easy snowshoe.

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David Tillery
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Off Road Driving

Writing a semi-review of this road in the hopes that it's helpful to others who want to head up to Deer Park and are a little intimidated by what they read about this drive. First off, as stated by others this isn't a hike or something I'd suggest traveling by foot. This is a single lane gravel road to get you up to the Deer Park campgrounds and trailheads. I guess you could walk or run it but I'd be a bit concerned with avoiding cars, or more specifically them freaking out. I drove up this road on Wednesday during July, the height of tourist season. There are steep drop-offs to the side as you go up. However, while it is definitely a single-car road it is not so narrow that I felt afraid of going off at any given point when by myself. Just go slow and you'll have no issues. The only time things got hairy were when encountering opposite-direction traffic. There are little pullouts relatively often along the road, some giving more space than others. I went up Wednesday around 10AM and down Thursday around 1PM and only encountered 3 cars both times. Obviously your mileage may vary, and going on the weekends will probably be worse, but in general if you can go during the week and schedule yourself to to when you think people will least likely to be on the road (after the early morning campers pack up and leave, after the day-hikers arrive, etc) you'll probably be fine. And again, the pullouts work well mostly. There are some spots I probably would have been more concerned about than others, but generally everyone works well together to get around safely. I went up in a Toyota Corolla, no 4WD, and had no issues. It's not super steep, just go slow and careful around the bends and you'll be fine. It was completely dry so exercise more caution after rain. In summary, I don't think anyone should be intimidated away from making this drive, as the hiking and camping at the end are absolutely spectacular. The road itself is straightforward, and as long as you take it slow you'll have no issues. Your experience will probably come completely down to the traffic you encounter. But it's totally worth it.

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lance smith
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Backpacking

the road opens late july and closes mid september. the park service locks a barrier across road and markes it illegal to drive past.

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Timothy C.
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Off Road Driving

Pretty easy drive. Just be careful not getting too close to the edge (soft shoulders)! Went up there around 5, made it just in time for sunset. 4 wheel drive not needed unless your trying to beat the sunset.

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Alex Leach
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Off Road Driving

Road is steep, but easy, very accessible when dry. View can't be beat.

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Anthony Munson
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Off Road Driving

This was a very easy drive. Would not recommend it though if you don't have all wheel drive or a 4 wheel drive vehicle. That being said, there was a mustang at the top.

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Nichelle Reyes
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Off Road Driving

This was a really beautiful drive but I wouldn't try to drive it unless you have really great tires with good traction as it's really muddy up there. It can be really foggy too and the lane gets really narrow- definitely hard for 2 cars to be on it at the same time. If there's a parking lot up at the top or a trail, I don't know about it because we didn't make it all the way to the top. This is only a drive, no hiking trail that we saw but it's beautiful and seems like not many people use the road.

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Julia Dessert
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Great views being in the rain shadow of the other mountains. At night we hiked to the top (about .5 mile from the upper parking lot.) we could see the whole Milky Way horizon to horizon, Victoria all lit up, and deep into the mountains. Glorious on a clear night! Get there early though if you want to camp! Goes quick!

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Nivaun Rahne
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Off Road Driving
First to Review

This is a good sightseeing road. It's close to home so I usually take first time visitors of the Olympics down this route.

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Tyna Antonson
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Hiking
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Meghan Ponce
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Hiking
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Molly Peterson
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Hiking
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Nessa G
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Off Road Driving
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Ryan Lucido
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Hiking
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ERIC ARMSTRONG
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Off Road Driving
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Ian Hamilton
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Adam Balest
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Dylan Peña-Lippert
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Scenic driving
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