Deer Park, elevation 5233, is situated on Blue Mountain, elevation 6007. The views from Deer Park include Port Angeles, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island, The Olympic Mountains, and Mt. Baker. Deer Park is also the starting point for many back country hikes, and one of the most popular is the Obstruction Point Trail, which connects Deer Park to Hurricane Ridge. Enjoy spectacular views, and great photo opportunities.
Best Time of Year:
Open Late Spring, Summer, Early Fall .
Overnight camping sites, No RV's, No pets, Closed in Winter
This is definitely a nice park to visit, and you really can see deer! Check it out. There are small fire pits at your tenting location, if I remember correctly. Check it out! Port Angeles is kind of a fun little town if you're looking for little-town-excitement. :-)
Deer Park is located 19 miles south of Port Angeles located in the Olympic National Park. The road to deer park is gravel, so travel in a car/suv with good clearance is required. The road has run off's that must be navigated when oncoming traffic is met and steep drop offs. The site has no running water and wood is not for sale, so these items must be brought in.
The night we got there it was the first night the park had open in June since the snow had finally cleared up and the road was opened. We arrived at our camp site and had our choosing of the one facing all of the Olympic mountains. The view was amazing and it was a full 180' of beautiful back country.
The first night was amazing, we had a full moon that rose late and saw so many stars! It was like being in a planetarium, then when the moon rose the view of the entire valley changed. It's something that you have to see once in your life, nature untouched and at its grandeur.
We had a lot of visitors through out the night, there are soo many deer up there! They are attracted to the salt in everything that is brought up there so be-careful not to leave anything that you wouldn't want taken. The have been know to eat socks, shirts, shoes, again anything that has sweat they will take. Also the fire pits are an attraction and you will hear the deer take turns licking the grill.
The camp site was great except during the day there was no shade. There had been a fire about 10 years ago and all the trees that provided the shade burnt down. So we moved to another site for the remainder of our trip.
The camp site is great if you enjoy taking your little ones on hikes. My older son and I went on a 2 mile hike before having to turn around due to the cliffs and drop offs which were not safe to take him on. But the time on the trail talking and the views over looking the valley was amazing. We rested and had some snacks while watching a thunder storm roll into the valley.
Due bring activities for the kids to do since there isn't much for them to do but enjoy nature. We played during the day looking for birds, making bow and arrows, running along some of the opened fields.
We enjoyed the rain shadow loop trail which was a very easy hike for all in the group and the view again amazing!
Due bring lots of mosquito repellent! As we had our good share since those little evil things showed up right at dusk to feed.
Please be sure to look for this camp ground in Port Angeles, WA. I was tired when I submitted this review so I kept thinking Port Townsend.