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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.

Length9.2 miElevation gain2952 ftRoute typeOut & Back
HikingNature tripsBird watchingForestViewsWild flowersSnowFeeNo dogs
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Getting There

Olympic National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

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.

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Dana Lawson
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Richard McKinney
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Stephen Carver
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HikingGreat!

True to its name! A short ruthless, relentless steep climb. It definitely would have been easier with 4 legs and hoofs. An advanced hike. Within the first 3.75 miles there is a 1000 ft elevation gain each mile near the top you are definitely on a narrow ridge line trail with extraordinary views even though I had the wildfire smoke haze. Just what i needed in a day hike. I forgot to bring insect repellent the bugs at Deer Park Camp are swarming and not any water sources on the trail so bring at least 4 liters of water. I would definitely do this again.

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Sijia Liu
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HikingGreat!

The trail is in great condition with a few slightly strenuous uphills from around Mile 1 to Mile 3.6. There’s a campground at the end of the trail. We saw a few deer hanging out less than 20 feet away from us. The view of the Olympic mountains was absolutely gorgeous along the way. But if you would like to reward yourself with something more spectacular, keep hiking for about 1 more mile up to the nearby Blue Mountain. I am so glad we did it. We got to see an amazing panaroma of the Strait, BC, the San Juan Islands, and the Cascade mountains. We hiked on Labor Day and encountered less than 15 hikers the entire trip.

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Jeff Wilhelm
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BackpackingGreat!

Beautiful trail and all the more pleasant since this was the last leg of the 8 miles coming up from deer park camp.

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David Walz
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HikingGreat!

This trail was not for the faint of heart. There were a few stretches that were steep, but there are two benches at the top of the hardest stretch, with would provide a great view on a clear day. We started in the morning and the clouds covered any view. The trail was dry, easy to follow. After enduring the climb, the meadows were nice with some wild flowers still in bloom, but we missed the peak wild flowers blooming. The trail comes into a camp ground with a pit toilet there. Don’t stop at the campground, keep going up the dirt road. There is a great view point that would give you a beautiful view of the mountains. I was unlucky because of the clouds, but look forward to going back on a clear day. On the way back, the clouds left and we got the stunning views. I would recommend, but again, be prepared for some steep climbs, go on a sunny day, bring water, and hiking poles.

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Barbara Rowlette
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If you are looking for a trail that is a moderately difficult day hike that offers a good workout, if you appreciate wildflowers in bloom, and you want to be rewarded with spectacular views then Deer Ridge is the perfect trail for you! My friend and I loved this trail. It is in great condition but may be steep enough for some to require hiking poles. I didn’t bring mine but managed ok. The day was a perfect low 70’s degree, sunny and clear day, so our views were brilliant. There is also enough shade to keep you cool on a warm, sunny day.

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Ken Gross
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This trail is rated as hard but is probably better rated as slightly on the hard side of Moderate. It’s a nice steady uphill that allows you to set a pace and maintain it from bottom to top. We took a leisurely three hours up and two hours down and at the top of the hike there’s an area shaded and with picnic tables. The weather today was beautiful and the Meadows in the upper half of the hike were blooming with multiple colors. For those that find somewhat steep uphill hiking to be a problem there are a few other options. If you have friends with an extra car they could drive up BlueMountain to the top of this trail and just do the downhill walk and you could exchange car keys with them at the halfway point. We started on this trail at 6:30 AM and missed the hottest part of the day. On the entire up and down track we only saw a total of six other people.

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Rich Johnson
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I hiked this from Slab Camp trailhead to the Deer Park campgound. Took me three and a half hours to work my way up to the top. Definitely drained my energy. I originally thought about doing the whole trail up and then turning around and hiking down, but my legs weren't up to the challenge, so I hopped a ride back to town and then drove back to Slab Camp to rescue my truck. Thanks Don and Debbie for the ride. Awesome hike … awesome people.

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Greg Barber
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Make sure to do this trail on a clear day to take advantage of the great views of the Olympics.

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Julie Iwayama
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Goregeous, but I wish I would have brought my poles. We saw only one other person. Lots of different wildflowers to go crazy over, as well as more recently grown mossy forest and mountain views. The forest roads were in fair condition with scattered small potholes. We made it just fine in our Corolla hatchback.

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Heather Mann
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HikingMuddy

Such a bummer. Went on a cloudy day and saw no views. Steady incline and it was def a leg burner. Very muddy. Flowers were pretty and it was dead silent except for the occasional airplane.

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

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

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Amy Lowe
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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.

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Laarni Kendra Aguila
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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.

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Megan Borman
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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.

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Victoria Cruz
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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!

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Ken Gross
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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

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Jake H.
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Stephanie Sweeney
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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!

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Sandy Loam
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Deer ridge w Kim

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

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Karen Ahrndt
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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.

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Jeanne Panciera
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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.

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