Obstruction Peak

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Obstruction Peak is another high point on the eastern end of Hurricane Ridge. It's located in Olympic National Park, at the end of Obstruction Point Road. This narrow white-knuckle one-lane dirt road ends eight miles from the visitor center on Hurricane Ridge, right below the south slope of Obstruction Peak. From the parking area at road's end, it's a short walk of 5 to 10 minutes to the summit on loose scree. There is no trail to the summit, but curiously there is a trail across the shale summit. From the summit one has a great view into the interior peaks of the range as well as distant views across the Straight of Juan De Fuca to Canada's Vancouver Island. Mount Baker can also just barely be seen from the summit rising behind Elk Mountain. Also a nice view of The Needles to the east.

"Amos B. Cameron may have been the one who named the point when, in 1910, he found it to be an obstruction to his goal of building a trail along the ridge. Cameron was a well-known settler, trapper and hunter in the area. Nevertheless, it is more popularly believed that a road-building project in the 1940s - expected to run a full-circle loop from the Elwha River to Hurricane Ridge and Deer Park, then on to Port Angeles - was stopped here. Loose shale and inherent instability of the slopes in the vicinity were listed as the primary reasons - and the snag was commemorated here at Obstruction Point." (Gods and Goblins by Smitty Parratt)

Prominence: 250 feet

Elevation (feet): 6,450
Elevation (meters): 1,966
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Olympic Mountains
State: Washington
Latitude: 47.922094
Longitude: -123.381557
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Seattle-Tacoma
Convenient Center: Port Angeles

Thanks to theyogiclimber for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

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  • Log #22526 - by theyogiclimber on June 05, 2016
    Solo, a nice crisp day.