Grand Pass Trail

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Grand Pass Trail is a 14 mile out and back trail located near Port Angeles, Washington that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October.

14.0 miles
5,869 feet
Out & Back








wild flowers


no dogs

From Port Angeles, north 2 miles on Race Street as it turns into Mount Angeles Road. Veer right at the fork and continue on Mount Angeles Road 17 miles to Obstruction Point Road. Turn left and drive 7 miles to Obstruction Point Trailhead at the end of the road.

2 months ago

June 26/27 2018 We did this as a 2 night backpacking trip. Started late in the afternoon and go to Moose Lake about 5pm. traversed some snow patches but easily passed with boots and poles. no mosquitoes at this time. Tried r make it over Grand Pass, but there was too much snow and we didn't bring mirospikes. Lots of deer, saw 2 approx day old fawns.too cute! lots of very large marmots. Lots of wildfowers!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Three day, two night backpack trip last week.

Significant more elevation gain and loss than expected, but this route was INCREDIBLE!

Day 1: Obstruction Point to Deer Park to Three Forks campground.

Day 2: Three Forks along Cameron Creek to Grand Pass, down Grand Pass to Gladys Lake.

Day 3: Gladys Lake to Moose Lake, past Grand Lake and up Lillian Ridge and back down to Obstruction Point.

Special notes from trip:

- Two black bears followed us a while along the forested ridge before Deer Park, saw lots of prints down Deer Park to Three Forks. Neighbors camping at Gladys Lake startled a black bear when they went to the lake to eat breakfast in the morning. Lots of deer, young bucks specifically.
- Trail is pretty overgrown from the second footbridge along Cameron Creek to the junction where you begin ascending Grand Pass. One steep and sketchy ravine to cross... the nps rangers are aware of it and have left ribbons so you know where to enter again on the other side.
- Wildflowers were AMAZING!!!
- Being enough water when going from Obstruction Point to Deer Park... none available along there, and it's a hot, bare and exposed ridge.
- The "shelter" along Cameron Creek is just a three sided skeleton remnant of a past shelter, don't expect shade there.
- Salmonberries and blueberries were ripe for picking!

Next time I'd do it in a 4 day trip, not 3.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Some of the most grand views in the park. I did it as a long day hike and there is elevation gain both ways (down to the lakes, up to the pass, back down to the lakes and up to the ridge on the way out). The road is in good shape. Still some snow on the way up to the pass that you will have to cross but I just used regular hiking shoes and hiking poles.

Friday, July 31, 2015

This trail is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. My friend and I started at Obstruction Point and didn't quite make it down to the lakes before we decided we should head back (it was getting a little late). The views along the ridge are truly breathtaking. If it's a little cloudy, it only makes it more awesome-- you're right up in the clouds. On this partly-cloudy day we hiked, the clouds were hanging out on one side of the ridges, just kind of billowing, so facing one way we were staring into an eerie misty void and on the other side looking across a sunlit valley at some awesome glacier-carved peaks. We were pretty overwhelmed by the beauty. It's a fairly steep hike down into the basin where the lakes reside, which is difficult on the return trip with tired legs, but totally worth it. We can't wait to come back.

Beware the slightly scary, narrow gravel road that leads to the trailhead... it's pretty bumpy and there are places where you might feel a little too close to the edge of the road and a steep tumble downhill. My sedan handled it okay, but my passenger and I were a little tense!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Do this trail. You will need a permit to stay at Grand & Moose Lake but well worth it. Stay at Moose Lake if you can, it's beautiful. The views from Grand Pass are breathtaking!

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