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Klahhane Ridge Trail to Lake Angeles is a 12.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Port Angeles, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, bird watching, and horses and is best used from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 12.6 mi Elevation gain 4,514 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Horseback riding

Bird watching

Running

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No dogs

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Getting There

No permits needed, parking is free

Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center 3002 Mount Angeles Rd Port Angeles, WA 98362 Tel:360.565.3100

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Bill T.
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HikingGreat!

Hiked from visitor center to Klannane Ridge and back. 4 miles each way. Plenty of parking available at 10:00 am on a Monday. No snow at all. Trail is in excellent shape. A little crowded, but most folks are wearing masks. Spectacular views. Good wild flowers. Marmots, Deer, and Grouse.

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Kyra Patel
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HikingBugsNo shade

Completed 7/31/20. Fee to enter Olympic National Park. Drive/Parking: Fully paved road and large parking lot. It’s a popular hike so arrive earlier than later. Visitor center bathrooms open. Trail Conditions: You can start this hike at the Switchback Trail (limited parking but it is labeled with a sign) which makes the hike a bit shorter but it has a grueling incline immediately. You can also start it as shown on the map at the Visitor’s Center which gives some awesome starting mountain views but is longer. Trail is dry dirt and somewhat narrow with one side dropping down the mountain, so be carefully especially with kids. Full sun exposure almost the entire hike and lots of bugs. You have a view of the mountain range the entire hike which is marvelous. The trail ends at Lake Angeles but note that the descent down to the lake is steep and not as well maintained (rocky and loose soil) so bring trekking poles. Trail is also worth it just to the lake view but without hiking down to the lake. Loved the panoramic vistas!!! Highly recommend!

Melissa Shenefelt
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HikingBugsGreat!RockyScramble

started at hurrican ridge visitor center at 5AM and ventured up to Sunrise Point View to watch the sunrise the. proceeded to klahhane Ridge. we did not go via switchbacks, which later we learned wouldve been easier. Not many people at the early hours but around 10AM on the way back we had trouble finding spots to move over as the trail is very narrow with cliffs on your sides. Go early to avoid this.

Gracie Crater
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HikingBugsGreat!
Christina Rico
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HikingGreat!

We did Lake Angeles, Klahhane Ridge, Heather Park. It clocked in on our watches at about 17 miles total, but it was the most beautiful hike I've been on recently! We crossed two minor snowfields, and a tiny bit of washed out path, but it wasn't hard to navigate. I recommend this hike for experienced hikers. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to finish the loop and bring a lot of water! We lucked out and ascended on a sunny day, so we had clear skies at the peak! @hikersledge on instagram to see pictures from the amazing hike :)

Rachel Eckert
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Hiking

Great trail! The wildflowers were beautiful!

David Mullins
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Hiking

Fun trail but had Two, 1250ft climbs making it a 5,000 ft out and back so it was a challenge! Some lingering patches of snow remain on the sheltered side of the mountain. Scenery was beautiful from the trail head looking over at the mountain range. The trail was mostly foggy so I somewhat lost out on the views. The grass a lush green with bluebells and other colorful flowers. My most memorable moment was meeting a woman who had been out backpacking for a few days. She was delighted to meet someone so I felt a bit special. We were both heading towards the lake so we chatted for the last mile. Then she asked if I wanted to swim? No thanks, I’ll pass in the ice-melt water. It was a pleasant surprise when she went skinny dipping in front of me. I suppose it compensated a little bit for the poor views.

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Switch-back Chick
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Gary Myers
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Hiking

What my wife Kat said!

Kat Myers
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Hiking

Amazing trail! 9/19/2019. The views were spectacular! Clear day, Glacier views from Hurricane Ridge visitors center before heading out. Trail is a mix of incline & decent. Not too strenuous. Abundant deer on hike. A good mix of wooded and open areas. From the top- our lunch spot, you could see clearly to Canada. Absolutely recommend this one!

Karina Mendoza
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Hiking

Hiked to the Ridge on a perfectly sunny day in late July. The hike up to the ridge was stunning. The switchbacks up to the ridge we’re challenging but worth it. Stayed at the top for an hour lunch break taking in the views.

Heather Schuster
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Hiking

Walk along steep embankments and up steep rocky trails. Worth it when you see the views.

Calvin Wheeler
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That was a crazy trail!!!! To the Ridge was fine, I loved the changes in geography. The ridge to lake is very difficult!!! Some parts even dangerous! Take your trekking poles! Be prepared for brutal elevation gains/losses, I am super tired. Did this as a day hike.

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Tucker Glivar
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Hiking

came on labor day so of course the parking lot was filling up. Didn't hike all the way to Angeles lake, but stopped at the klahane ridge for spectacular views of many mountain ranges and ate lunch. tons of wildlife. had a great time and will certainly be back to hike the connecting trails. Hiking poles reccomended however not necessary.

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Abby Combs
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HikingRocky

Only reason I rate this a 4/5 is how narrow the trail gets at times. Very rocky and steel drops! The views were amazing , worth the awful switchbacks

Chris Woodling
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Hiking

Beautiful trail ! A horrible cloud rolled in around noon and so I couldn’t see anything most of the hike but it was still really nice !

Kevin M.
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Hiking

Hurricane Ridge has amazing views and we enjoyed this hike more than Hurricane Hill because there were fewer people on the trail. Also, this trail is more rustic (mostly a natural single track versus a double track on machine compacted gravel). Like some others, we turned around at Klahhane Ridge to keep the hike within our abilities -- around an 8-mile round trip with only about 1/3 of the elevation gain of the entire Lake route.

Mike Johnson
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Hiking

The further you go, the fewer the people, the more the fog and the wind. Patches of wildflower colors and bitter Fir tips in late August. Several groups of deer with many handsome bucks in full velvet. Excellent single track, very well maintained. Would like to return and hope for more expansive views, still; enjoyed swimming in the wisps of fog at Mount Angeles.

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M A
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Hiking

Very beautiful the entire way. I did not go the entire way to Lake Angeles, but stopped where everyone was having lunch the end of Klahane Ridge. Be aware that this is an up and down, out and back trail so when you're heading back be prepared for another uphill battle towards the end.The last bit of Klahhnane Ridge is GRUESOME. Endless switchbacks with a very steep grade, don't let the easy beginning portion of the hike fool you. Also, if you are afraid of heights, I would not recommend this trail. The entire trail is single lane (very tiny) and you go along many sheer drops to one side with no barrier. I am not afraid of heights, but these portions of the trail were definitely vertigo inducing and had me freaking out inside. All in all, worth the view and hike. Try to avoid going on a cloudy or foggy day if you can because you won't be able to see any of the magnificent views. Would definitely recommend for the experienced hiker.

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