The last of its kind, this lookout in the heart of Olympic National Park offers unparalleled views of high, snowy peaks towering above deep forested valleys.
To backpack it on primitive trails from the Whiskey Bend Trailhead, start on easy grade along the Elwha River Trail for 2 miles to Michael’s Cabin. Fork right on the Long Ridge Trail and continue along the forested hillside to the crossing of the Elwha River. Top off all of your water here, as this will be your last source until reaching the tarns below Dodger Point.
Aptly named, the Long Ridge Trail travels the eastern slope of the ridge through stands of second-growth forest that were subject to a series of burns between 1897 to 1941. As you climb by way of long, sweeping switchbacks, frequent openings present views of the Grand Canyon of the Elwha, up to a saddle at the ridgetop. Here, the trail crosses over to the western slope and traverses above Long Creek. The Bailey Range—dominated by Mount Carrie and Stephen Peak—is visible to the west. The route then enters a stretch of subalpine forest before opening into meadows marked with mountain hemlock. Hurricane Hill is directly north.
Contouring the west slope, Mount Olympus comes into view, partially hidden by the Bailey Range. Nearing your destination, round the western side of Dodger Point, where the trail crosses a series of alpine meadows dotted with snowmelt tarns, then makes a steady climb to the Dodger Point camping area. Just beyond, a trail junction at a low spot on the ridge forks left and climbs the last half-mile to reach the lookout.
Built in 1933, the point was named after “Dodger” Bender, the first lookout to man the building. The best views are found just below the lookout, highlighted by Mounts Dana, Wilder, Christie, Scott and Barnes and all the way down the Hayes River Valley to Mount Anderson. Mount Olympus dwarfs the closer peaks of the Bailey Range.
WTA Pro Tip: You will need an Olympic wilderness permit for camping and Little D's Woodfired Grill in Port Angeles is the place to stop for tasty pizzas, hearty meals and cold brews post-hike.
- 27.0 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 4,983 feet
- Highest Point
- 5,753 feet
Hiking Dodger Point
Map & Directions
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