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Obstruction Point Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Obstruction Point Trailhead from the trail South (Jerry Adams)

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This is the trailhead for hikes to the Grand Valley, Badger Valley, and the trail down to Deer Point.

From Portland, drive North on I-5 to Olympia, about 110 miles.

Drive North on highway 101 to Port Angeles about 120 miles.

A little after you enter Port Angels, but before you get into the city center, turn left at the sign to Hurricane Ridge. You can stop at the visitors center for permits, about 5 miles from highway 101. Hurricane Ridge is 18.5 miles from highway 101 – paved, two lane. It's fairly narrow, steep uphill, and curvy.

The road to Obstruction Point is right at the beginning of the Hurricane Ridge parking lot. It’s a sharp left. I always miss it, turn around in the parking lot, and try again. It's about 8 miles to Obstruction Point Trailhead.

The road is single lane gravel with turnouts. Regular passenger vehicles have to go a bit slowly at places because of loose rock and potholes. Expect to pass a few cars coming the other direction. Most places are wide enough for two cars to (slowly) pass or you can see ahead if there are any cars coming and wait at a good spot. There are a few places with no visibility that would be difficult if a car came the other direction.

The parking area is fairly large, but especially on summer weekends it gets crowded and cars park on the side of the road a ways back.

It's about 256 miles from Portland, maybe 5 hours to Port Angeles, 1/2 hour to Hurricane Ridge, and 1/2 hour to Obstruction Point..

If you want to camp near the trailhead, the Heart O The Hills campground is pretty good. It's half way up from Port Angeles to Hurricane Ridge. It's fairly good and not that super popular. Campsites are in fairly heavy forest with a little privacy from each other. The ranger said you can usually find a vacant site, although if you got there at 6PM on a Friday, for example, it might be full.

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