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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 trail-did the last part of it around Lake Angeles the other day!

Beautiful panoramic scene at the top

A beautiful ridge hike with lots of mountain meadow views as well as a really nice panorama of the mountains of the Olympic National Park.

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.

Biked this trail 7-16-2018. Not much traffic on a Monday mid-day. We have hybrid bikes, skinny tires would be a problem. Tunnel is no problem, lights not needed. Eastern half of trail is packed rock or dirt, western half is paved. There was a short section mid-trail where the dirt trail became narrow and close to the edge, as inexperienced trail riders we walked our bikes through this, otherwise an easy ride. The paved half was a slight grade uphill but easy biking because the grade is so gradual. On the return just for fun we coasted the first four miles without pedaling! Entire trip took about 3 1/2 hours including a delightful picnic on the lake.

hiking
5 days 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.

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

You will love the view

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.

Trail is closed July 11-18, July 25-August 1, August 8-15, August 22-29! Happy adventuring :)

Well worth the effort. Thank goodness for the ropes.

We were so lucky today! Got there later than we wanted but visibility was excellent! Great trail over all! Besides all the peaks, we also saw a bear down in valley, many deer close to trail and a screaming marmot! There is a slow down because of construction and trail is closed every other week.

Backpacked this loop on 7/7 - 7/8. Going clock-wise with a long 1st day (15 miles) and camped at Dear Lake, out 2nd day. The trail still has snow at the peak of High Divide but footprints were simple to follow. The basin was still full of snow and all basin lakes were still frozen, which was kinda disappointing. If you plan to come for basin lakes' photos, maybe 2-3 more weeks will be much better.

A most excellent hike today.

The trail is well maintained and there is a lot to see. Deer and marmots were sighted along the trail at a number of points.

There were times when the cloud cover was heavy but it was countered by some great vistas.

Suggestions:
1. Wear layers. The temperature can vary during the hike. It was 48°F when we started.
2. Watch for baby marmots - they pop up by their parents from time to time!
3. There's a lot of Flora to observe on the way, including wild sage - it smells great!

Enjoy!

Great trail for a easy day hike. Take the trail to the side of the tunnel for bridge access. Tons of access points to jump in the lake and cool off on a hot summer day.

Awful visibility today; maybe 30ft. The mountains and valley were 100% hidden from sight. Everything was completely veiled in fog, which is apparently very typical weather pattern for this time of year, or so I was told by a ranger.

Important to note: The trail is generally closed for repairs / renovation through early Aug but is open for a few days every other week. Be sure to check the website for the latest updates or have a backup hike in mind.

Trailhead parking is closed but you can park at Picnic Area B and walk an easy trail which runs parallel the last 1/4 mile of road. Trail conditions were fine other than the visibility issue.

Bring gloves for the ropes!!! You will thank me later ;)

hiking
15 days ago

Just don’t forget your gloves! poles can also be helpful on the way back reducing the stress on your knees, enjoy the view!

Area around the trail is gorgeous, but we didn’t get to hike it on 7/2/18 because the trail was closed. Barely any signage notating the closure until the trailhead. There is also construction on the road leading to the visitors center/trailheads with up to 20-30 minute delays in both directions.

Be sure to check the print out of trail conditions in the front top floor of the visitors center, closest to the parking lot, as it’ll be closed for long spans of time intermittently throughout the summer as it undergoes required work.

Instead, we did the High Ridge Trail/Sunrise Point and part of the Klahhane Ridge trail, which were all gorgeous!

nature trips
20 days ago

Really steep hike down and of course what goes down must come up. Incredible view of a gorgeous lake. We were the only ones there. Rough hike back up but it took us longer to get down.

It was cloudy today so we couldn’t really see any of the mountains. It was still a nice hike, but you should absolutely go on a clear day or I’d recommend one of the other hikes in the area. I think there’s a webcam you can check of the conditions up there. We did see tons of wildlife - deer all over the trail, a few marmots, and a black bear.

hiking
24 days ago

50 minutes in and 55 minutes out for me and my friend. The trail was way steeper then we anticipated but the waterfall and lake at the bottom was definitely worth it. Even though it's summer we only came across 3 other groups and the scenery was wonderful.

Easy hike, spectacular views. Quite crowded, which is a disappointment, hence the 4 stars. It is best to go when the snow is still solidly covers the trail: more wildlife and less people.

Steep and a challenge for those like me with a fear of heights. Totally worth it for view at top. Beautiful hike and views.

A beautiful hike, quite challenging but loved climbing the ropes to the very top, definitely worth continuing after the “end of maintained trail” sign.

Just outside Port Angeles this short out and back trail does not disappoint. Peaceful, quiet, and serene are just a few words used to describe. The elevated boardwalk about 3/4 way down has seen better days so watch your footing.

Beautiful, but the swimming area draws a crowd. Definitely worth a visit for an easy stroll against a gorgeous backdrop.

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike, gorgeous views up on the top. The ropes can get a bit challenging.

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