Grand Pass Trail

HARD 7 reviews
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Grand Pass Trail is a 14.7 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.

DISTANCE
14.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6072 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
10 days ago

15 days ago

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.

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
Monday, June 08, 2015

hiking
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!