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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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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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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.

Patrick Stöckl
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Jesse G.
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Hiking

Great views of snow capped mountains. Could see out over ocean at top of the switchbacks.

Ted Sendler
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Hiking

great trail from Hurricane ridge to Klahane ridge, the wow are the views through out and particularly about 1/2 mile into the Klahane ridge trail. they include sweeping views of ONP, P of A, and wildflowers.

Chris Becca Lupton
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Hiking

We did this yesterday via Switchback and it was stellar. Views forever! Perfect weather. Lots of people in the first bit to the first big view, then apparently most folks turned around. Unfortunately, my son lost his cell phone somewhere along the trail.. If anyone finds it, please email us at abcdelupton@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

Ryan B.
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Hiking

By far one of the best hikes in the area, and also one of the toughest hikes I've done in a while. Visibility was very poor for most of the hike and I encountered several people who'd turned back because they were disappointed by the lack of views. Personally, that was their loss; the trail was absolutely wonderful even when the fog was so thick that I couldn't see more than 100 ft down the trail. On the rare occasion that the fog broke open enough to offer a view, the sight was breathtaking. It was almost otherworldly. I will say that the elevation gain on the way back is a real leg-burner, even if you pause at the lake to explore and eat lunch. The trail is also a little slippery in the areas where melted snow has left behind super squishy patches of mud and there are some steep stretches of trail, so a hiking stick comes in very handy. As far as wildlife goes, there were deer everywhere, and tons of birds and other little critters. I didn't see any bears or cougars this time around, but I did come across plenty of fresh scat and tracks from both. Be sure to bring bug spray if you plan on hanging around the lake; the rest of the trail seems to be mosquito-free.

Dee McNay
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We started the day at the visitors center, then backpacked from Hurricane ridge to Kihanee ridge, down to Lake Angeles. This trail or route is not for the faint of heart especially wearing a backpack. we Walked through snow. water, rock scrambles elevation loss and gain. Seen so many animals and the most beautiful scenery. Although hard, the views make up for the terrain and because of the holiday we got the lake to our selves. Beautiful couple of days ... remember to pack extra water, there is only one place to fill up on a overlook going down the ridge

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