Lake Angeles Trail

HARD 67 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

forest

lake

views

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.

24 days ago

Great trail. Well maintained. If your up for the challenge it is worth it. Steady uphill the entire way. Gets more steep after about mile one.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. View from top is nice.

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1 month ago

Worth it.

The hike up through the woods is some work. And it's basically all woods. All the time. Watch out for a little monument stone on the way. A plane came down a couple years ago. After all those trees and the never ending ascend … you will find the lake. A pearl. You will not want to leave. Clear water. Great walls of rock surrounding you. A little island right in the middle of all of this beauty. We only dipped toes because the water was pretty cold already, but this is well worth a dive when temps are higher. Not too many people on the road when we hit the trail. Met two hikers at the lake. Were all alone after like 10 minutes. Just sitting there watching the trout having lunch. A great piece of nature.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing, basically a full uphill battle the whole way but the pay off is absolutely stunning

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2 months ago

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2 months 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
2 months ago

Great hike. Some switchbacks along the way. The trail goes steeply up towards the lake in some parts but there are also flat portions. 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 if wearing regular boots, but snowshoes could be useful. In September there was no snow on the trail. The trail is shaded almost all the way. The trailhead is located just before the entrance to the Olympic National Park, so no pass is required.

hiking
2 months 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!

2 months 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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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Great uphill challenge

2 months ago

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3 months 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
3 months 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

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4 months ago