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.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
377 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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!!

hiking
3 months ago

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!

hiking
3 months ago

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!

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4 months ago

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.

walking
4 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

9 months ago

It’s all about the views on this one!

walking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
Friday, November 03, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Beautiful views and wildflowers as well as some deer.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Loved all the mountain goats!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Worth the time, since you drove up there, it's the least you can do at the top, otherwise there really is not much other to get out of the car for other than to snap a few shots looking SW at the mountains. Stretch you legs out before your return trip to Port Angeles

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