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Rain Shadow Loop

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast
47.9546, -123.2594 Map & Directions
Length
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
170 feet
Highest Point
6007 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
View from the Rain Shadow Loop. Photo by Pacific NW Seasons. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Good for kids

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

A short half-mile hike, the Rain Shadow Loop takes you to the top of Blue Mountain. Views of the Cascades, Vancouver Island and the Strait of Juan De Fuca, Gray Wolf Ridge, and so much more await you here. Continue reading

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Hiking Rain Shadow Loop

A short half-mile hike, the Rain Shadow Loop takes you to the top of Blue Mountain. Views of the Cascades, Vancouver Island and the Strait of Juan De Fuca, Gray Wolf Ridge, and so much more await you here.

The loop starts heading uphill, then levels out at the top of Blue Mountain. There are so many views surrounding you, so don't forget your camera. Cities as well as extensive views of the water, islands, mountain ranges, and river valleys spread out at your feet. Keep an eye out closer in as well; you'll also see wildflowers and sightings of deer and wild rabbits.

The drive up to the Deer Park Campground and Blue Mountain is easy. After 9 miles of paved road, it turns into a dirt, mostly single car lane road. There are turn offs, for oncoming vehicles. Because the road is narrow, this area is only open from late spring to late fall, but it's worth the trip! 

Call the ranger station to be sure this road is open -- the trailhead is very high, and snow sticks around late in the high country around here. 

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Rain Shadow Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.9546, -123.2594 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

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

Headed west on Hwy 101 towards Port Angeles, turn left at Deer Park Rd. Travel along the paved road, and continue along the dirt road. Once you reach the dirt road, you will be within the National Park boundaries. It is 18 miles from Hwy 101 to the trailhead.

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Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

Olympic National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

Great Walks of the Olympic Peninsula by Robert Gillmore

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