Deer Ridge Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sequim, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 9.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,952 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

snow

no dogs

Directions from Sequim: Take US Highway 101 west for approximately 2.5 miles. Take a left on the Taylor Cutoff Road to Lost Mountain Road and proceed to the intersection of Forest Service Road 2870. Take a left on 2870, then a right on 2875. Proceed on 2875 until you come to the parking area at Slab Camp. The trailhead is on the right.

hiking
8 days ago

Did this as a quick 7 miler and it was a great non-stop hike. Gorgeous views all throughout, flowers blooming, perfect morning workout.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike, with lots of elevation gain. Minimal snow on trail and lots of wildflowers.

hiking
16 days ago

Lovely trail, only reason I gave it a 4 was because it was too cloudy/foggy to assess how good the view would be. Trail is in good condition, wasn’t too busy for us. The trail is quite narrow so you do have to step off to allow adequate physical distancing when passing. The gradient is manageable even with a pack for most of the uphill, only a few sections which are noticeably steeper.

hiking
21 days ago

Challenging trail, very steep in the beginning but the view is worth it. About 3-ish miles off road driving with many pot holes on the road.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a great first season hike. Definitely a challenging up hill, but worth it. Views all throughout the trail and it’s very well maintained. We saw a few people out and about but not crowded. We did 7 miles round trip and it was the perfect day. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a great day hike.

hiking
closed
icy
snow
1 month ago

Did this one today. Pretty awesome views all along the way. You literally are hiking the ridge and elevation increases along the way. Did a total of 9 miles... sketchy at some points because of the snow 3.5 miles in. Some areas have shushy snow due to it melting...so your feet and legs will go straight through. As long as you’re going slow and have good balance. Do recommend crampons. Pack layers for the top, beanie and gloves. Other than that, good elevation gain. I really enjoyed it. No snow on the drive up. It’s clear... just potholes!

hiking
1 month ago

Wife and I hiked about 4 miles up this pretty trail to about ½ mile past view benches. The trail becomes icy and beyond our safety capabilities at that point although we did have shoe spikes. Steady not to difficult up hill with trail in excellent condition. Met only one family of 2 adults and 2 kids on entire up and back walk

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Just hiked part of this trail. it has INCREDIBLE views and seems like it would be a great hike. However, we were only wearing hiking shoes and couldn't handle the snow and ice that is still covering a lot of the trail. If you do this hike anytime soon I recommend yak traks and hiking poles!

hiking
9 months ago

Deer ridge w Kim

hiking
10 months ago

38% grade on narrow, well maintained trail. You’ll definitely feel the burn.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful views, lots of wild flowers! Just be ready to hike up, up, up the entire way to Deer Park and then down, down, down on the way back.

hiking
Sun May 19 2019

very steep but very rewarding. Lots of wildflowers and bloom, bring your camera. So two herds of deer munching in Meadows of purple flowers. I did about 10 miles round trip and my knees are feeling it.

hiking
closed
muddy
off trail
snow
Fri Apr 26 2019

Very difficult first 5.2 miles....vertical 3000 feet.... 35 degree incline....fantastic views....snow in deer park and it's still closed....gaiters recommended...The 5.2 miles coming down..... steep and dangerous......trekking poles a must.......very rewarding and cold at the top 5350 feet. Bring plenty of water.......no water until 4 miles in......I drank 3 liters...better be in descent shape too, l'm 65.... you can do it....trail can be hidden under snow near the top...map, compass, beacon and or GPS a great idea. Day hiked in.... 4/25/2019...Be sure and use GPS getting to trailhead....easy to get lost.. roads aren't marked very well.

Fri Feb 01 2019

very beautiful trail. only got up about 2 miles, wanted to start back down before dark. We will be doing this one again. A few trees on the trail today and no snow. Lots of mud on the road up but even that wasn't bad.

hiking
Tue Jan 22 2019

Didn't see snow at 3,300ft, we only went up around 1mi but it's still nice. Narrow trail, on MLK day there were about 13 cars at the trailheads. We saw some cross country skiers going up so I'm assuming there is snow further up. We just didn't have the time to go further today. Trail is well marked and easy to find. Dogs are allowed on the first part in the National Forest, had our 2 dogs, we met another dog on the way down.

snowshoeing
Sun Dec 16 2018

Went up yesterday lower trail snow free and hit a good amount at the top. Very beautiful. We used micro spikes then snowshoes.

horseback riding
Wed Nov 07 2018

Awsome trail, very well maintained. Rode with my 2 horses and had a great time. Trail was in very good condition.

Fri May 05 2017

The snow level is at about 5500 on this trail as of today 5/5

hiking
Sun Aug 28 2016

the directions to the trail take you to the edge of the dirt park road. just stay to the right when you see the sign for wolf trail. there is a sign at the beginning of the trail after a couple of miles past that. you will also pass a gun range on the way to it.

Sat Apr 09 2016

love this hike. it is 10 miles but the benches are only halfway up. you need to continue and then go the extra .5 up Blue Mountain for 360 view. Beautiful

hiking
Fri May 09 2014

Loved this hike. It's roughly 10 miles round trip. Very intense slope for the last mile or two up to the summit. Once you get to the summit there are two benches, it's a beautiful sight. The whole trail is in the Forrest so you're covered from the elements as you hike. Halfway up there is a beautiful view, then back into cover. Only one water source about 4 miles in. Advise you being a lot of water. Not suitable for children or pets. 2 miles past the summit, you'll hit snow (at least I did). Couldn't carry on due to lack of gear. The view is worth the huffing and puffing.

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