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Cirque Rim Nature Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Port Angeles, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 377 ft Route type Loop

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

No dogs

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Please check trail and road conditions before leaving. Snow is common in the area. Check road and trail status on park website for most up to date information.

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Reviews (110)
Photos (322)
Recordings (72)
Completed (398)
Trudy C.
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HikingGreat!

Nice views

Mackenzie Icenogle
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HikingGreat!

This was my favorite trail in Olympic National Park, I would definitely recommend! It has great views all the way up to sunset point!

Kevin McKendree
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HikingGreat!

We arrived around 11am on a saturday, small wait to enter the park (the line was much longer when we were leaving). There were plenty of parking spots when we arrived at the trailhead. Unfortunately, it was heavy overcast while we were there, but I would imagine the views would be beautiful on a clearer day. A nice paved path around made for a quick walk. Most people wore makes, but a few did not. Trail is wide enough in most spots to keep your distance.

Amy & Patrick Stark
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Hiking

Relatively easy hike, paved part of the way. It’s unpacked and gets narrower and uneven near the top. Crowded at the Sunrise portion but most people were wearing masks. We saw several marmots on the part of the trail that goes by the snow patrol house on your way back to the parking lot.

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Greg Simon
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Hiking

Nice simple trail..saw a black tail buck...too cloudy in the morning to see far

Sam W.
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with great views

Denny B.
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Hiking

Wet and windy and absolutely beautiful view.

David Neel
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Take the side trail to Sunrise Point for beautiful views of the Strait of Juan du Fuca. It’s steep but worth it.

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N Merchant
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Hiking

A beautiful view on both sides. The parking lot has snow capped mountains while the short walk takes you to another panoramic view. The road to the hurricane ridge visitor center is steep and winding. It’s 40 minutes from Port Angeles

Jeff K.
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Hiking

Incredible 360 views and the best hike at Olympic. We saw deer and marmots a few feet away. We spent a good amount of time on this trail since Hurricane Hill trail was closed for construction.

Sarah Anzalotti
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Hiking

Very easy hike with some good views. Lots of deer hanging out munching on the grass!

Seth Eddington
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Hiking

Very easy hike all paved! Saw deer as well.

Jena Elizabeth
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Hiking

Easy, nice, paved!

Jeff Aro
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Hiking

Epic 360 panoramic views

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Stephen Wallace
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A nice easy walk with rewarding views. Try to plan it for a clear day as low cloud will obscure most views. Keep an eye out for marmots!

Rick L
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HikingOff trail

still lot of snow on the trail. at the time I went it was cloudy and foggy so decent views except for beautiful snow views.

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Jose Larralde
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Lilianna Garza
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HikingSnow

There is a lot of snow! Incredible view from every angle!

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Scott Caldwell
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Hiking

I would call this more of a leisure walk, not a hike. Very good for small kids and older outdoor enthusiasts. Saw a couple small deer walk out into the meadow, obviously not afraid of people that were on the trail. Paved trail the whole way, but a nice walk. Nice views!!

Mike Sheehan
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Hiking

you drive right up to the views so it's not really a hike but it is stunningly gorgeous. we we're lucky enough to experience a clear day, being able to see all the way to the Canadian Rockies. apparently it's typical to not even be able to see the water!

Mike Sheehan
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Hiking

Feels like cheating driving up to the top, but the views are amazing. Real easy trails up here. Gorgeous views all around. Got very lucky with visibility and were able to see all the way to the Canadian Rockies!

Roger Moffatt
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Hiking

Amazing to see some snow blocking part of the trail in July (although easy enough to walk over with care) on this lovely short hike. Great views from Sunrise point and the deer and marmots were in abundance too. Hurricane Ridge road has some major roadworks leading to a one way stretch with a pilot truck that causes delays - but we noticed that by arriving late in the day (4pm) and leaving around 7pm, the road was fully open on the way down making return faster. Wildflowers currently seem best on the slops a bit lower down, so maybe a few weeks from peak higher up.

Esther Mehl
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Walking

We did this short paved walk (along with Hurricane Ridge trail - it’s basically the same trail) at 7 pm and it was BEAutiful! Deer are everywhere and they’re not afraid of humans at all. The lighting was fantastic for pictures and the landscape was unbeatable for almost no effort. If you have a quick half hour to waste, do it up here. There’s still a couple of yards on the Cirque rim trail that are closed due to snow, but there are other paths diverting from that one that it doesn’t make much of a difference.

Karen Austin
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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.

Cheri Jessup
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It’s all about the views on this one!

Pavel Hanc
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Walking

We were hoping to do more in the area but in the end ran out of time. This short trail is just perfect for such an occasion - it takes very little time and the views in all directions are just stunning. Not much of a hike, but as short walks go, it's great. Also the deer and marmots seem used to humans, so you can watch them from fairly close up.

Michael Gieseking
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Hiking

Breathtakingly beautiful area... we were there in mid-May and there was a lot of snow on the peaks and in the visitor center area.

Caleb Romberger
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Hiking

Beautiful views and wildflowers as well as some deer.

Timothy Annable
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L.ots of deer and marmot. Great views

Marilee Tueller
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Loved all the mountain goats!

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