Lake Angeles Trail

HARD 61 reviews
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Lake Angeles Trail is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Port Angeles, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2519 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

hiking

snowshoeing

lake

wild flowers

no dogs

Directions from Port Angeles: Find Hurricane Ridge Road behind the Pioneer Memorial Museum and drive southward along the highway 5 miles to the park entrance. Within the park the road climbs 3.5 miles southeastward to Lookout Rock. From this overlook Hurricane Ridge Road turns westward. Follow the road 5 miles to the Third Peak Trailhead, which lies on the western side of the road.

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8 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

This trail has everything: beautiful alpine hike (uphill but not too steep), shaded by the forest, several bridge crossings of streams, no bugs... And the lake is stunning. Clear, refreshing water surrounded by cliffs. Island in the middle reachable for strong swimmers. Deer were scampering around camp. Several places to dry off after swim and eat lunch. Can't recommend this hike enough, highlight of our trip. 2.5 hours up, 1 hour 40 mins back. Plan for an hour (at least) at the lake to take it in and hike around the lake's perimeter.

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike. Some switchbacks. In March half of the trail was still full of snow and the lake was all frozen over and looked magnificent. In winter it is slippery so you need to be careful of wearing regular boots, but snowshoes would be useful.

hiking
16 days ago

Hiked on 8/26 in the AM. The trail is well maintained and wasn't too buggy. From the trailhead, it's a pretty steady climb up. There are a few neat bridge crossings and it's interesting to see how the forest transforms as you work your way up. The lake is beautiful - I'd recommend following some of the trails that go around it.

For a Saturday, the trail wasn't busy at all - we passed only 1 or 2 couples during our hike up. There's plenty of parking and no pass/permit was needed!

20 days ago

The water is crystal clear, and you can see the island from the shore, while submerged if you're daring.

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22 days ago

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22 days ago

Great uphill challenge

28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice steep trail that finally finishes at Lake Angeles. Unfortunately it was a populair trail and we had a group of loud teenagers next to us but it's beautifull, especially in the morning when the sun comes up and a deer stands in front of your tent saying good morning.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is incredibly steep and exhausting seeing lake angeles at the top is SO WORTH IT. Highly recommend.

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3 months ago

made it up in 57 minutes and back down in 29 steady uphill climb easy on the way down. no snow trail is in good shape

hiking
3 months ago

We did this hike on a rainy, drizzly, foggy day which made the forest rather mystical at times, but unfortunately we didn't have great views of the lake. I was a little disappointed there were not more places to sit and enjoy the lake, but it was heavily forested. The rain also prevented us from exploring as much as we would have so there may have been more options at the south end of the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

Up hill, little muddy but trail is largely in good condition.

hiking
3 months ago

The directions here have you parking past the ONP gate. If you don't want to pay the $25 entry fee, park at the trailhead just before the gate.

It's an all uphill 3.3 miles, which I did briskly in 80 minutes. Most of the hike is covered without much of a view until you reach the lake, which is gorgeous. Worth the hike up. The trail was free of snow as was the lake.