Deer Park Road

Deer Park Road

Deer Park Road is a scary drive in Clallam County, Washington, United States. There are a number of sharp turns and dangerous ledges. Gravel, narrow, winding and steep in places. This is one of those roads that is easier for the driver than the passengers.

Located within the Olympic National Park, the road is 18 miles long. It is paved to about halfway, turns to dirt and gets very narrow, 10 feet wide. The route has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. It should only be attempted in good weather. Along its way the drive offers 360 degree views of mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from the top of Blue Mountain, the end of the road at 1.830m (6,003ft) above the sea level. The road does get busier at weekends and in the main holiday season. It’s an epic alpine climb with expansive views.

This challenging winding road is usually closed between October and April at the park boundary, about 9 miles from Highway 101. Driving at night, or in poor visibility, is not recommended for drivers unfamiliar with the road. It leads to some of the most beautiful views in Olympic National Park. It shouldn’t be attempted by those who don't know how to reverse.  Off-road 4WD or AWD vehicle is recommended. When descending, watch for washboarding in the corners, things can get pretty bone-rattling at the end of the dry season.

It’s a scary drive known for its stunning views. Go slow, take your time and pay attention to the road. It is not suitable for RVs or trailers. Please use caution. It is narrow and steep with occasional turn-offs. There are a lot of sharp curves where you can't see what's on the other side. It barely wide enough for two cars so when you do meet an oncoming vehicle one must pull over to let the other pass. This is definitely not a Sunday drive. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with dangerous dropoffs. Expect sheer drops, tight corners and no room to pass. You must go when the weather is nice. Take your time, no rush, both hands on the wheel. The drive is absolutely beautiful. You better have confidence in whoever is driving the car.
Pic: Olympic National Park