John Guilford's Hikes
Badger Valley, O.N.P. on 2015-06-21
People: (including myself): Pam
Obstruction Point: 11:40 6100 0
Badger Valley Trail: 11:55 6100 0.2
Trail Junction: 12:20 5340 1.1
Deer Park Trail: 1:25 6650 2.4
Obstruction Point: 2:45 6100 4.4
With the warm dry winter the snow melted out earlier than usual
and the road into Obstruction Point as well as all the trails were
clear of snow. Originally we had planned to hike the Grand Lake loop
with the Badger Valley Trail and Lillian Ridge Trails.
However, by the time we got to the trailhead, we realized that we really
didn't have enough time to do that hike and still get back to Sequim
for a dinner reservation, so we decided to do this shorter hike.
To get to the Badger Valley Trail, take the Deer Park Trail
almost a quarter mile until an (unmarked) trail heads east, switch backing
down into the head of Badger Valley. Though it was cool and windy up on
the ridge, as we descended into Badger Valley it warmed up and the breeze
died down. We passed a number of back packers coming up out of
The trail continually descends into the valley with things getting
wetter and greener. We saw quite a bit of wild flowers along with
butterflies. We saw a few marmots and many more marmot holes. There was
some shade but the route was mostly in the sun.
We wondered how obvious the side trail up to Deer Park Trail
would be. We needn't have worried. About a mile into the valley we came
across a wooden signpost at a clear trail junction. Here we turned left
up the side of the valley instead of continuing down Badger Valley towards
The nature of the hike changes drastically. Till now, we'd been
heading downhill most of the time. The side trail wastes no time steeply
grinding out elevation as it climbs the side of Badger Valley. We both
started sweating with the extra exertion. The grade was steep so we just
went slowly, with the grade moderating a bit near the top. This was the
quiet part of the hike where we saw no other humans.
It was past lunch time and we were getting hungry, but we'd
set a goal of getting to the top (Deer Park Trail) before eating.
After an hour's slog we reached the trail and stopped for lunch.
From here you get a good view up into Grand Valley with Moose Lake and
Grand Lake easily seen. Here you also get a good view of how low you drop
below the lakes when doing the loop and how much elevation you need
to make up to get back to Obstruction Point. You also get a good
view of Mt. Olympus. It was cooler on the ridge and my jacket went on to
block the wind.
The Deer Park Trail is more popular and we saw more hikers (both day hikers
and back packers) using it as well as a couple who were doing the same
loop we did, though in the opposite direction. After lunch we had a
relatively easy hike back along the side of the ridge, descending back
down to Obstruction Point.
View down into Badger Valley from Deer Park Trail.
Wild flowers and butterflies in Badger Valley.
Pam starting the climb out of Badger Valley to Deer Park Trail.
Pam continuing climb with cascade in background.
Pam still continuing the climb. Getting nearer to Deer Park Trail.
View up Grand Valley from Deer Park Trail. Grand Lake and Moose Lake
View of Mt. Olympus from Deer Park Trail.
Beginning of Deer Park Trail and switchbacks leading down into
Map with elevation plot for hike.
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Last updated on: Thu Jun 25 16:23:56 PDT 2015