This was a last minute hike on the Grand Ridge Trail, AKA Obstruction Point to Deer Park Trail. Its a very beautiful trail, and is said to be the highest trail in the Olympic Mountains. Robert L Woods, in his book Olympic Mountains Trail Guide lists this trail as the Grand Ridge Trail. When the Park Service decided to rename this the Obstruction Point to Deer Park Trail is unknown to me. Why would you name a trail after the trails it connects? The This Trail to That Trail, Trail. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me, and seems lazy. But then again it is the Park Service we're talking about here. Anyone remember the Waterhole Ski Hut controversy? Or the Hurricane Ridge only open on the weekends policy?
I apologize. You didn't come here to listen to my diatribe. But I do feel better getting that off my chest.
Some history on the trail. Robert L Woods writes. "The trail is accessible by road at both ends-the Deer Park Road in the east, the Obstruction Point Road in the west. The Forest Service planned to connect the roads, and construction crews worked from both ends. However, the western crew stopped near Obstruction Point, and the one at Deer Park built less than a mile of road. Later the National Park Service considered reviving the project, but hikers conservationists, and ecologists objected to converting the Grand Ridge Trail, the highest in the Olympic Mountains, into a road, and the plan was abandoned."