Deer Park, Olympic National Park
Deer Park is very appropriately named; we had several deer wander through our campsite without any fear. We even saw a doe with two very young fawn (still had spots) stroll though the full campground. The campground is located fairly high on the mountain. There are several trails from or near the campground, the only drawback being all trails from the top of the mountain lead downward.
We hiked the Three Forks Trail, which was an elevation loss of ~3000 ft in 4 miles. Of course, going down means having a 3000 ft elevation gain back up. But along with a good workout, we enjoyed the plant and wildlife along the way. The meadows near the campground were bursting with color; the flowers were still blooming late in the summer.
We also hiked the short and easy Rain Shadow Loop to the top of Blue Mountain, a short distance from the campground. On top of the mountain, we enjoyed the 360° view of the Puget Sound and the surrounding mountains of the Olympic National Park.
Other Critter List
Pacific Tree Frog.
Common Red Paintbrush
Directions: on the eastern edge of Port Angeles on hwy-101 turn south onto Deer Park Road.