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Grand Valley via Grand Pass Trail

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast
47.9183, -123.3822 Map & Directions
Length
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
4070 feet
Highest Point
6450 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Grand Lake, the lowest point on your trek through Grand Valley. Photo by Sean P. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Lakes

Discover some of Olympic National Park's most inspired alpine scenery among the meadows, lakes, and vistas of Grand Valley. Continue reading

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Hiking Grand Valley via Grand Pass Trail

It is no secret that Olympic National Park's Grand Valley is aptly named. Grand Valley is grand. Unquestionably popular, this trail is an unlikely place to find solitude--the views encountered in the first mile alone are enough to draw a crowd. But don't let this deter you There is enough beauty and splendor to go around.

Although an enjoyable loop can be had by connecting the Badger Valley and Grand Pass trails, to maximize views and time for exploration, consider entry into Grand Valley via the more direct Grand Pass Trail.

The Grand Pass Trail starts just south of the Obstruction Point parking lot and immediately begins an open traverse of tundra-like terrain. Watch for marmots and wildflowers as you take in the spectacular scenery on all sides. the trail follows Lillian Ridge, in an up-and-down fashion, to a high point at 1.5 miles. From here, prepare for the 1,500-foot descent into Grand Valley. Steep at times, the trail switchbacks through scree slopes, meadows and stands of subalpine fir.

Grand Valley contains three lakes: Grand, Moose and Gladys. Opportunities for camping exist at designated campsites near all three lakes; just remember overnight stays require reservations from May 1 through September 30 and additional passes.

Grand Lake, the lowest lake of the trio, is a short descent from the junction with the Badger Valley Trail at 2.6 miles. Moose and Gladys Lakes are reached at 0.5 and 2 miles beyond the junction. Traveling past Gladys Lakes, the terrain grows ever more enchanting as the trail roughens and begins the final climb to Grand Pass, 1.5 miles and 1,000 feet of elevation gain from Gladys Lake. At 6,450 feet, Grand Pass offers rewarding panoramic views on a clear day. Rest, relax, and revel in the grandness.

Hike Description Written by
Kelsie Donleycott, WTA Correspondent

Grand Valley via Grand Pass Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.9183, -123.3822 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From westbound Highway 101 (Front Street) in Port Angeles, turn right (south) on Race Street, and follow it about a mile to Hurricane Ridge Road/Heart O'the Hills Parkway. Pass the Olympic National Park Visitor Center and fee station. Continue on Hurricane Ridge Road for roughly 18 miles. Right before the Hurricane Ridge parking lot, make a sharp left onto the Obstruction Point Road. It's a rough 8 miles to the trailhead at road's end.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

Olympic National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails No 134S Elwha North

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