PJ Lake Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Port Angeles, WA that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from June until October.
Directions from Port Angeles: Find Hurricane Ridge Road behind the Pioneer Memorial Museum and drive southward along the highway 5 miles to the park entrance. Within the park the road climbs 3.5 miles southeastward to Lookout Rock. From this overlook Hurricane Ridge Road turns westward and leads 8 miles along Klahhane Ridge to a junction with Obstruction Point Road. Turn left and travel 3.5 miles southeastward to the PJ Lake Trailhead. The trail leads northeastward from the road.
Just finished it with 4 little girls. Youngest (3 years old) hiked back out unassisted in less than 45min. You can do it, but yes it is steep. You will not be sorry to see the falls and the Lake itself. We did have two of the girls get stung by bees because of a ground nest near the first creek crossing, so be careful in late August- early September.
obstruction Rd closed to vehicles.
It was a very steep trail. The rain came down pretty hard and we had to turn around. It was very narrow and slippery. It was a very beautiful view. However it is not a trail for novice hikers.
Incredible. Took us 30 minutes to get there with a 4 year old. The dirt road there is gorgeous. Caught a few brook trout.
This is a beautiful trail but it is steep! Going there isn't too bad (downhill) but coming back is much more challenging. It's not a long trail but it is difficult. I went with my sister and my two kids (3 years and 1 year) and it would have been easier without a kid on your back but it is still a bit rough. Overall PJ lake is a really cool hidden gem.
This is a quiet trail with beautiful sights. While Hurricane Ridge is nearby and attracts hundreds of tourists every day, PJ Lake remains obscure and quietly undiscovered.
The Obstruction Point road to get to the trailhead is a white-knuckle single lane gravel road. However, we were able to make it with a wimpy 2-wheel drive sedan without any trouble.
The trail starts off at an easy grade then quickly escalates into a steep downhill slope. There are switchbacks, but the trail is so steep that it could have used twice as many switchbacks. Soon after the lowest elevation point you come across a beautiful moss-covered waterfall below the lake. After that, the trail quickly ascends and drops you off at the serene emerald lake.
This would be an excellent spot for camping or fishing. Overall, the trail was difficult but short. I highly recommend it.