Deer Park Road

MODERATE 15 reviews
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Deer Park Road is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Sequim, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, scenic driving, and off road driving and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
11.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,455 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

kid friendly

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

off road driving
22 days ago

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.

backpacking
8 months ago

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

off road driving
9 months ago

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.

off road driving
Friday, June 30, 2017

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

off road driving
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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.

off road driving
Saturday, June 17, 2017

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.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

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!

off road driving
Friday, August 09, 2013

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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