Explore the most popular snowshoeing trails in Olympic National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful trail, great day hike! It is for sure a workout so bring plenty of water also it’s pretty heavily trafficked, so if you’re trying to avoid the crowds go early or late. The trek up is well worth it for the view!

Stunning beauty with nice views of the Olympics. Steep in places but worth the effort. And we met a marmot! Some snow on trail but easily passable now.

A little snowy but easily done. Wonderful views! Would definitely do again

hiking
15 days ago

6/2/18 Great trail in the forest, well maintained. The only real difficulty to this trail is the uphill. Took us about 90 minutes to reach the lake at a good pace, which included 10 minutes in short water breaks. Descending was slightly faster. The hike took about 3 hours total. Lake Angeles is stunning, still and very peaceful.

Passed several groups on our way, but not overly crowded. There were hikers of varying abilities on the trail hiking at different speeds.

Great views through most of this trail. Mostly paved throughout. Still a little bit of snow left.

Great views. Flat to begin with, but there is some steep inclines toward the middle and end. Paved trail most of the way. Good amount of traffics. Saw marmots. Snow is mostly melted, but did have to walk on maybe 200 yards of snow.

backpacking
20 days ago

5-27-2018 Lake completely melted out. Snow left on the ridge. Water is cold but feels great to jump in after the climb. Plenty of little fish if you plan to catch your lunch/dinner. Pack your trash out with you, people...

Awesome views! Deer on the trail. Light snow on the trail.

amazing hike! saw a mountain goat at the summit of mount Angeles. minimal snow, although at the foot of the summit climb there still is some which can make it difficult to follow the trail- nothing crazy though. breath taking views!! did the entire thing & stopped for a picnic in 4.5 hours.

Amazing view. The mountains are so close well
Actually they are very far.

Beautiful trail, fairly easy with children. We turned around about halfway up when we turned a corner and found snow as far as we could see. We’ll have to come back!
Parking lot at the trail head is small, so get here early or you’ll be hiking from a lower lot.

It would be a great short hike but it’s still closed off due to snow. Don’t waste time walking around like we did, drive up to the Hurricane Ridge trail head.

Scenic hike. Breathtaking view of the mountains and Port Angeles. Some snow on the trail but easy to get through.

Great views

Still quite a bit of snow! At certain points, it complete obstructed the path, but we were able to scoot past it along the edge or climb over it. FANTASTIC views, it was truly breathtaking. A moderate hike overall, with some areas steeper than others. Pretty empty on a weekday, allowing you to stop for photos without holding up traffic. Has a paved path, so it's nice and easy. If you have a car you don't need to walk the 1.5 miles on the road, there is parking at the trailhead past the visitor's center (RVs aren't allowed on the road, but these restrictions are clearly marked.)

Amazingly BeAutiful... 360° view of the mountains surrounding the ridge and a bit of the waterfront view from a spectacular view at the top! a must do again♡ great company and a view I won't ever forget!!!!

Beautiful views. Pretty easy walk. There are a couple of steep uphill parts that got a little tough but just had to take my time.

There is no snow on the trail except for the last few meters. The lake is partially frozen.

Absolutely breathtaking.... There’s still quite a bit of snow hanging around. We had our kids with us. If you are concerned about the trail being icy when you come to the fork in the trail about a quarter of a mile in keep to the right. Even though it may not look like it, this was the easiest path for us!

Most of the trail is still covered in snow. I managed to walk up with normal shoes. I parked at the visitor center and had to walk along the road until the trail head (approx 1.5 miles of paved road). Great view!

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked this 4/08/2018 and it was a beautiful trail a little more than half way up we hit ice and snow and it was hard to walk I was just in hiking boots but I was determined when I made it to the lake it was frozen over with about 3 feet of snow but beautiful.

There is lots of snow on the trail still so be prepared. We had to hike on the road for about 1.5 mile before actually getting to the trail head. Most people had snowshoes but we went without so you could do both. It was a pretty hike with all the snow but views were minimal since it was all whited out (reason for 4 stars). Definitely will try again!

25th March. Nice walk. Beautiful views.

You may get winded on your way up, but take your time! The views are spectacular and you may see some mountain goats. Just don't get too close!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

As those have already stated, the trail head is a mile and a half from the visitor's center where you start when snowshoeing. It wasn't overly crowded. Stunning views on a beautiful day. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Not a difficult hike at all. I did the 6 miles round trip, and it’s only 1k elevation change. The weather was amazing but they do call it hurricane ridge for a reason, it’s windy. Good amount of snow from the lodge to summit. Views are amazing, on a clear day, you can see Mt. Baker, Straight of Juan de Fuca, and awesome vistas from the Olympics. Highly recommend!!!

hiking
3 months ago

I started the trail around 10. I reached the lake around noon. Luckily there was one other hiker that had started before me, or I would not have known where to go. The trail is covered in snow and closer to the top it gets around knee deep. I only had crampons but snow shoes and poles would have been nice.

This was a challenging yet doable hike for a beginner snowshoer. Amazing views made it all worth it. Just note that it is a mile and a half from the visitor center to the trail head. We did 6 miles roundtrip. Also, the road to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center was in good condition but only open Friday - Sunday in the winter 9am to 5pm. Best to get there early. We were waiting in line at the gate at 8:40am, got to the Visitor Center parking at 9:30. Started hiking at 10am and back to the car just before 2pm.

It’s all about the views on this one!

Easy and beautiful

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