Deer Ridge Trail Review

By Bret Wirta

June 10, 2009

Distance 5.2 Miles Elevation Gain 3,000 feet

Deer Ridge Trail

Deer Ridge Trail

The Deer Ridge Trail in the Olympic National Forest is a 5.2 mile trail that gains almost 3,000 feet of altitude with most of the gain in the first two-thirds of the hike. It was a moderately strenuous beginning but the last third of the hike is in more level, high-meadow country, surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

I parked at the Slab Camp Trailhead at 6:15am. It was only a fifteen minute drive from the Quality Inn in Sequim. The weather was perfect, sunny and in the low fifties and the trail was dry. As I hiked through wild rhododendrons the trail turned upwards at thirty degrees and the trail remained steep for long periods of time during the first hour of hiking. There were a couple of knobs that gave me an excuse to take a breather and look out over the Gray Wolf River Valley and the snow-capped ridges beyond.

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