Deer Park Campground

Deer Park Campground

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Olympic National Park, WA
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ekwagner wrote a review Mar 2010
Seattle, Washington
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I would recommend this campground to any campers who can get up the rugged road to it! The road is very narrow and step, but my girlfriend's little hyndai accent was able to make it up and back down safely.

The views at the top were incredible, especially at night and early morning. Plus this puts you very near the top of a mountain. You can hike the rest of the way or even drive to within 1 mile of the top, great for those who can't hike long distances.

And it's called Deer Park for a reason. A mom and two little ones, they walked right thru our campsite multiple times, even with people out and about. Then they came back at night and that did startle me a bit but it was totally worth it!

Maybe not the best choice if you have very young kids (pit toliets, no electricity, might not even be running water) but I would highly recommend for anyone else.
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Date of stay: May 2009
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Danny F wrote a review Jul 2014
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Hands down, this is one of the finest campgrounds in Washington State, if not the country. The views are amazing and the deer walk right up to you. Sites are $10/night. Two of the sites have nice lean-to's that sleep up to six people. Unfortunately, we weren't able to sleep in ours due to pack rats that had made a home there (when one of them scurried past my face at night, I decided to pitch the tent). There is no access to any water whatsoever (from taps or streams), so be sure to bring plenty. The pit toilets are always well maintained and never smelly. While the gravel road that leads up to the park is long (about 10 miles), windy and narrow, it is overall well groomed and easy to get up for most vehicles. My friend once drove her Toyota Celica up there (probably not the best idea, but she made it just fine). I can't
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Date of stay: July 2014Trip type: Travelled with family
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trgunn wrote a review Jun 2009
Seattle, WA
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From the Olympic National Park website:

"Tents only. Near treeline, but among groves of subalpine firs; elevation 5,400'. Access road is winding, gravel, not suitable for RVs or trailers."

From me: incredible views, few campsites, pit toilets, NO POTABLE WATER AVAILABLE, and DO NOT DRIVE DEER PARK ROAD UNLESS YOU HAVE AN SUV WITH DECENT CLEARANCE and are not afraid of heights. There are steep dropoffs with no shoulder and the road winds in switchbacks and hairpins.

You can walk from the campground to the top of Blue Mountain for an incredible 360-degree view of the Olympic Range, Vancouver, and the Puget Sound.
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Date of stay: June 2008
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Sadeeq S wrote a review Jul 2016
Olympia, Washington
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The drive up was enough to genuinely scare my passengers, but it was very manageable when taken slowly. It's steep, narrow, and winds endlessly to the top.
There are only 14 sites. All are in decent repair and have firepits. Some have great views of the mountain ranges below (yes, you are looking down at the ranges around you).
The restroom was the cleanest I've ever experienced in a campsite. It smelled like floral scented cleaning supplies, and had both toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Be sure to bring lots of water for all purposes. There is none there.
The deer and chipmunks are curious and used to people. Don't leave your food unattended, and please be quiet as noise travels great distances in the clean clear alpine air.
Lots of day hikes and backpacking options are available from this point. Plan carefully and bring your 10 essentials.
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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RRH-pdx wrote a review Sep 2015
Wood Village, Oregon
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First thing is this: If you are really afraid of heights, be aware that the road to get here is narrow, winding, and has sheer drops. Second tip is to bring water, as there is none on top or easy to reach rivers. If you're still with me... The views are spectacular. The campsites are big, and there are even some "lean to" style shelters with bunk "beds" ready for a sleeping bag. You will drive up through clouds and then at the top you'll gaze down on an ocean of grey clouds. It's unreal and awesome. When I went in July there were horseflies and biting bugs, so come prepared, and it's also really dusty with a powder that gets everywhere... but... *the views* are so good that you'll remember those with a smile.
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Date of stay: July 2015
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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kathrynm222017 wrote a review Aug 2017
Takoma Park, Maryland
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We stayed in campsite 9 with some Dusky Grouse and black tailed deer. Beautiful views, even with wildfire haze from BC. YOu can see the glacier covered peaks in the rest of the park. Good hiking and scrambling, beautiful sunsets. Some lean-tos available.

My only complaint was how incredibly dusty it was, but after a summer of very little rain up there, that is to be expected.
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Site 9 was lovely!
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David M wrote a review Jan 2017
Algonquin, Illinois
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On a Saturday morning my son and I left the warmth of the Port Angeles (June 2016) and drove up the 10 mile gravel /muddy road to Deer Park Campground & found a few campers brushing the snow off their tents. It warmed up to mid forties by mid day - lots of sites avail. Ours had a tremendous view; I loved this place. About half of the campers were doing hikes; we were ok with a warming fire and good books. Bring a couple gallons of water; the deer are fun at first but then a bit too friendly/inquisitive/annoying. but they bugger off if there is no food. The drive is better in a car /suv with some ground clearance. Great view to the north from Blue Mtn. road
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Date of stay: June 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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rnbnut wrote a review Jun 2015
Friday Harbor, Washington
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Relatively undiscovered, only a 45 minute drive off 101, Deer Park is an unforgettable camping experience. Reminiscent of some of the alpine camping I did as a young man and could backpack 10 miles a day, this campground is accessible by car.
There are approximately 10-15 campsites, hard to tell because some of them are quite secluded. Others are open to some of the most magnificent views imaginable. Either way you'll get a great camping experience. Many deer, squirrels, birds, wildflowers (depending on time of year), and yes, mice in the night. Be prepared for bears, keep anything that smells in your car.
The road in is 8 miles of pavement, then 8 miles of twisty one-lane dirt track. We had a Subaru, but I wouldn't hesitate to drive my van up it. No trailers or bus-sized RVs. Campers OK.
Water--No water available. You need to bring enough for drinking, cooking, washing, and putting out your fire. I designate at least one gallon per fire, usually enough if I let it pretty much burn itself out first. Bring your own firewood, none available at the campground.
Don't forget to either hike or drive to the end of the road for more incredible views.
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Date of stay: June 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Eric H wrote a review Sep 2018
Seattle, Washington
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Deer Park is my go to place to go up into the mountains, stare at the most beautiful peaks and find camping bliss. I almost didn’t want to write a glowing review because of the fear that this gem of a spot will start to get overcrowded. But nevertheless, having trekked around much of the PacNW, this park is a complete jewel for those whole like to experience the splendor of camping deep and high in the mountains, but still have the luxury of taking your car/suv. Go there! There are a couple dozen camp sites, some mountain front views and some in secluded trees or meadows. All are great options. The sites all have picnic tables and firepits, and are extremely well maintained. There are also primitive toilets but no running water. The drive up the mountain is winding and steep but if you go slow and don’t rush, it is no big deal (about 45 mins). For hikers, there are many trails from the campground. The sunset views from the top are not to be missed - you get sweeping 360 views of Hurricane Ridge, the straights of Juan de Fuca, and Olympic Park. This is a slice of heaven on earth.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Brittany S wrote a review Jul 2017
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I went last weekend to deer park campground. It was a longgggg drive to the top with narrow gravel roads most of the time. Our Honda crv did fine going up the road but we would just have to pull off to the side when cars went the opposite direction. We arrived Friday around 11am and almost all of the pull up sites were taken. We got the last one near the parking lot. There are a couple walk in sites too. Our site was quite noisy due to being near the cars parking, unloading and pulling out. I would recommend going up on a Thursday if you are trying to get a good spot for the weekend. There are multiple trails that are not that far of a walk before you see a gorgeous view of the mountains. We drove a little further to the top and we got a 360 view of the mountains and the water of Port Angeles. So incredibly beautiful!! We were able to have a campfire in our pit at the campsite and we were allowed to bring our dog but just not take him on the trails. It was almost 90 degrees Friday and then quickly it dropped to 40's the next couple days with less visibility. I recommend bringing warm clothing! The bathrooms were pit toilets but seemed very clean with hand sanitizer on the door, no potable water. It was a great experience. If I were to do it again i would have left my dog at home so that we could explore more of the trails. Happy camping!
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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kathrynm222017 wrote a tip Aug 2017
Takoma Park, Maryland5 contributions3 helpful votes
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"Site 9 was lovely!"
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Nearby attractions include Deer Park (0.9 km) and Buckhorn Wilderness (4.0 km).
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