Elk Mountain is a "lesser" peak within Olympic National Park. [I say "lesser" only because it is not very well known or a sought after summit; at 6764' it is by no means lesser among the Olympics!] It is best accessed from the Obstruction Point Trailhead and is a relatively simple two mile hike from the parking lot. While not a major snowcapped peak like many around, Elk mountain affords absolutely spectacular views of the Olympic interior and Mount Olympus and is well worth the relatively easy hike to gain the summit.
The hike may be a relatively short one, but the views are incredible! [Have I stated that yet...?] It takes place entirely above treeline, as the Obstruction Point parking area is at 6100'. So, the trail only gains 664' over roughly 2 miles, which makes for a nice easy hike that affords spectacular views into pure untamed Olympic glory. Once atop the peak, one could easily sit for hours and soak it all in...
[Trust me, I have!]
Alternately, one could reach Elk Mountain from the Deer Park trailhead. Elk Mtn. is about 5.5 miles from this trailhead.
Red TapeThe only red tape is the entrance fee into Olympic National Park [$15 for a week; $30 for a year; $80 will get you into any National Park or Recreation Area for a year]
This movie was shot on the summit of Elk Mtn. It begins facing west towards Mt. Olympus and pans southward into the heart of the Olympics before ending with the nearby Maiden Peak: