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With the fire going on, there's too much smoke. And no shade. Good workout, but mediocre Vista. I'm sure it's splendid when visibility is good.

It is definitely a moderate trail...some really steep hills . I personally thought the view while walking was better than the water view at the top. We saw a deer as well when we reached at the top.
The trails that branch off at the top are kinda nice.
Would suggest to go on a clear day...60F and sunny will feel very very hot while walking.

hiking
1 day ago

Love this hike! The views are amazing. We saw a lot of mountaingoats near the trail. And there was one on the end of the trail, super cool. The way up was easy but steep. The way down was al tough because of the loose sand. You need good walking boots.

Great hike for all skill levels. very rewarding view at the top. plenty of other trails branch off from the main trail to turn a few miles into a few days in the Olympics.

I came here twice. Once in the afternoon and another time in the morning to catch the sunrise. You could see cascade mountains on one side and Victoria, B.C on the other side. The hike is very easy and paved. There is only 1 part of the hike that has a steeper incline. It takes about 45 mins from the trailhead to the peak. It was definitely a nice hike, but not the best Olympic has to offer.

Nice hike with good shade from the tall tress. Unfortunately we didn't make it to the end because there was very fresh bear scat on the trail about 1.2 miles into it. Decided to turn around and not risk it. Trail starts in a very nice campground with the nicest bathroom I've ever seen in a campground. There were a lot of downed trees but that's nature.

Really gorgeous, steep hike. There were 2 sections of switchbacks. The first set are not long, but extremely steep. The 2nd set are pretty long, but managable. There are many bees, but they are busy with more important things. We saw tons of wildflowers, lots of chipmunks, plenty of deer, at least 30 goats, and these animals that looked like giant groundhogs. Once you get to the summit, all the hard work really pays off. Fog had rolled in and made us feel like we were in the clouds! Will definitely be returning.

Beautiful views the entire way up! Loved this hike!

great hike, slightly challenging for us older folks, but well worth the effort. Views are spectacular and wildlife did not disappoint. Not a lot of shade and it was a sunny warm day, so bring sunscreen and of course water. Enjoy the hike.

Wow! This trail was amazing. It was more difficult than expected.... straight incline pretty much the whole way up and because it’s mostly above the tree line it got pretty hot with no shade. But it was worth it! The views were amazing and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. We saw a marmot, but that was really the only wildlife. It’s a mile and a half past the Hurricane Ridge visitor center and we made the mistake of parking there and walking down to the trail head. The guy at the visitor center said there wouldn’t be any parking and acted like it was no biggee to just walk to the trailhead, but it’s a steep decline there and felt even steeper coming back on a curvy road and no shoulder or sidewalks, so it was a little nerve wracking. So... advice... try the trailhead parking lots first and if there isn’t any parking, park at the visitor center as a last resort. Otherwise, it was really beautiful!

Awesome trail. Beautiful views. It was a bit intense for our 4 and 2 year old (carried them a fair amount) but our 6 year old was a total champ.

hiked this trail yesterday evening. the trail was well maintained, there was so much wildlife we saw deer, marmots, mountain goats, and multiple grouse with chicks. the trail was worth the leg burn.

Visited on the first day being open during the temp construction closure periods. Friends and I camped the night before at Heart o the Hills so it made an early arrival that much easier. Also it helped that we are from the east coast and all woke up at 5am local time with no alarm clock.
Upon arrival we drove past the visitor center right to the picnic area parking and then walked to the trail head. Once on the trail it was easy to follow with almost no way to get off course. The ascent was easier than I had expected with only a few steep spots. We encountered many deer on the trail easily in a arms reach. Some were so close the thought of being gored by a deer entered my head. Fortunately that didnt happen. Needless to say the views are stunning the entire way. At Hurricane Hill we saw (what are labeled in the visitor center as) mountain beavers. From the approach to the hilltop these things would stick their heads up and then duck down again. They are elusive animals but dont leave your stuff unattended. I felt like they were a pack of velociraptors. The leader would stand up right in front of us a few yards away as a distraction. Meanwhile it would send its subordinates around the sides to go steal our stuff or eat us. But we lived. We had the entire trail to ourselves for about 30 min after we hit Hurricane Hill. Once we spotted some others heading up we moved on down the trail. A short while later there was a snowbank. Being from FL it was amazing even though it was hard, compact, and somewhat dirty. The clouds were stuck down in the valley maybe around the 3000 ft area. Not sure how it normally is but we had clear visibility for as far as you could see but only the mountains poked up through the sea of clouds. Would do this trail again in a heartbeat. What a treasure that has preserved for all to see.

This trail was everything I hoped it would be! Sufficiently challenging for our fitness level with so much beauty all around as we hiked toward the top & amazing views when we arrived at the top! We saw deer along the way, a mountain goat & some sooty grouse. We were fortunate that the trail happen to be open the days we were there, as it was closed before & after our visit.

hiking
17 days ago

destination wasnt worth the hard hike.
it was nice but ive seen better.
lake edge had a lot of pond scum so dont expect to swim.
very pretty meadows and view...

glad i did it but wouldn't do it again

My family and I were finally fortunate enough to enjoy Hurricane Ridge 20July2018. Boy did it not disappoint. SPECTACULAR views from everywhere. We arrived Friday evening (8 p.m. ish) planning to Watch the sunset. The place was pretty deserted by then which was nice to see. were able to park at the picnic area closest to thr trail. Trail is mostly paved and in great condition. Almost walked into a doe hiding behind some trees and later had to basically walk around a big buck who was on thr trail. Also spotted 2 black bears near the top. One was lower in a valley and the other came from a treeline up top. The bear at the top actually crossed the trail and caused a few other hikers to stop in their tracks while he/she meandered through. They said it was not aggressive at all. After all that excitement we stuck around and watched a beautiful sunset. Hiked down in near dark which I wouldn't recommend unless you're carrying a gun and headlamps/ flashlights (we had both). My only regret is not sticking around longer to watch the stars. We've hiked MANY trails in the Cascades and Olympics and this one ranks towards the top. Especially when you factor in convenience and ease of hike. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!! saw 2 black bear, 2 buck, 3 doe, 3 marmot and a few chipmunk ; )

The vistas and hike were incredible to say the least. This hike kicked my butt. I probably have 60 extra lbs on me and carried a small day pack with water and towel for the water. We took about 50 min to get there including stops along the way for photos etc. Coming back a little over an hour. The lake was incredible and great place to stop. Nicely chilled but bearable. Yes there plenty of flying insects but manageable. 7-25-18

hiking
26 days ago

Caught the sunrise from here, it's pretty spectacular. Views pretty much all the way up. A good half of the path is not well maintained but that's likely from how few traffic through (I was the only one on the trail during my hike). The mountain is a good climb for novice and intermediate climbers, I simply went up with a water bladder, my phone, and a flashlight. A good amount of wildlife can be spotted, too!

great hike! go early it gets very crowded...

The first mile is more like a leisurely walk, beautiful old growth forest. I think not as many people make it through the second mile, as the trail is a bit more overgrown and gets more rugged--steeper, more roots in the path. But it's a good hike for beginning or intermediate hikers.

Got there at 6pm so no issues with construction delays! Passed a few people that were coming down while we were going up but it was not crowded at all. Absolutely stunning views almost the whole time. Pretty easy path to follow-not too difficult to get all the way up. Only difficulty comes with change in elevation. Several deer that got close enough to almost touch! Saw one marmot and a glimpse of a bear in the distance! A lot of the trail is in direct sunlight which could be hot/require sunscreen at a different time in the day.
Overall, hiking perfection!

Great trail, not too long but for sure a good workout. In total, took us about an hour and a half there and back, but taking our time up. The view is well worth it at the top! Saw a lot of goats from a distance. Working off of a mcl tear and going down is steep and a bit hard on the knees-wouldn’t suggest if you are fresh off an injury or struggle with balance!

Beautiful panoramic scene at the top

The hike to the destination was absolutely beautiful. I was with a friend and we did this hike in Mid-July and we only encountered two other hiking groups. We had the whole lake to ourselves. The water was not warm whatsoever. We didn’t swim but we did go under the waterfall. Definitely recommend this hike. It’s pretty easy and took about 30 minutes or so to get all the way down. The scenery is stunning.

hiking
1 month ago

Every review on this trail is spot on. Serious downhill and your toes may pay a price. Beautiful wildflowers in July. Great waterfall and the lake was so clear you could see the trout in the middle. Definitely worth the effort but it requires some work.

My husband and I just hiked this trail today. We wanted to hike hurricane hill but unfortunately it was closed. So we figured we should do another hike in the vicinity since getting up to hurricane ridge took so long due to construction on the main park road. We felt like we went up and down 3 small mountains/hills to get to what didn’t even feel like the summit. We did see a mom and baby mountain goat (so cool!) but besides that felt like the hike was just meh. Also we keep seeing the hike labelled as 2.5 miles and we were confused because we definitely hiked more than that. We were going to settle for it just being an unfortunate hike until downloading this app and reading the comment that says we were supposed to veer LEFT at the arrow “trail” sign when we in fact went RIGHT because we saw people in front of us heading that direction (it seemed like the arrow was pointing that way). Now I feel dumb and annoyed. Oh well. Everyone else: stay left at the unclear arrow sign if you want mount Angeles!

Amazing hike with lots of wildlife and great panoramic views at the top.

A great challenge! There was a tiny bit of snow left today but definitely no longer impassable. Bright, sunny day and we could see for miles. What a view! Incredibly close to Mt Rainier and still able to take in the whole mountain.

Awesome hike with great views of the mountains and wildlife. Saw lots of deer, a bear family with mom and three cubs, a marmot. Can be windy and chilly when the sun is covered. Fairly easy hike.

A note to Android users: do NOT use Google maps to find this trail head. It took us up wrong forest service roads and we ended up turning around and heading back down until my iPhone had enough reception to use my All Trails app. Click the “directions” link in All Trails, this will take you to the proper location. We definitely needed 4-wheel drive, the roads are extremely rough with large trenches, pot holes, and rocks. It was an adventure, and when we finally made it to the trail head we enjoyed the hike and the beautiful views. Some snow patches remained between Lake Christine and Mt. Beljica, though they were small and the trail was easy to follow. Bugs/flies abounded but nothing was biting, just flying and buzzing (we did not use bug spray but brought it just in case). We enjoyed clear views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, the Olympics in the distance, and of course the stunning view of Rainier. I brought my Golden Retriever who loves to hike, and he did great.

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