Elk Mountain is a high point on the eastern end of Hurricane Ridge. It's located south of the town of Sequim, in Olympic National Park. It is situated east of Obstruction Point and west of Deer Park. There is a narrow white-knuckle one-lane dirt road which 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, there is a 2 mile trail to Elk Mountain. Although the trail does not go to the summit, it's just a short distance off-trail. 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 be seen on a clear day. Also a nice view of The Needles to the east. A longer approach may also be made from a trailhead at Deer Park.
Olympic National Park is home to the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the Pacific Northwest. Named for President Theodore Roosevelt, they are the largest variety of elk in North America.
"It is ironic that today there are no elk in this area [Elk Mountain]... There is a story told that in 1890, William Wooding, a local homesteader, along with some friends, slaughtered 15-20 elk at this spot, leaving their carcasses to decay in the woods. Upon returning to civilization, Wooding made the mistake of bragging about the episode. He and his friends were promptly ordered by the authorities to return to the site and carry out the dead elk." (from Gods and Goblins by Smitty Parratt)
Prominence: 819 feet
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
|Convenient Center:||Port Angeles, Sequim|
Thanks to theyogiclimber for adding this peak.
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