Lake Angeles Trail

HARD 118 reviews
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Lake Angeles Trail is a 6.4 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
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,437 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.

backpacking
7 days ago

Did an overnight stay here packing in our gear with us. The hike was a bit strenuous for someone who doesn’t do much hiking, but the experience was worth it. The hike itself is spent mainly in the trees with little sun in the afternoon, but plenty of views to make up for it at the top! Took about two hours with our group, toting gear and food for the nights stay. So warm up there didn’t even need a sleeping bag, just a hammock. Definitely coming back here for a longer stay soon!

hiking
11 days ago

Hiking in trees for the majority of the trail, with occasional peekaboo views. The lake and cliffs surrounding are picturesque. our group of 5 took 1 hour 45 min to get to lake and about an hour 20 to return. if you exercise regularly you'll break a sweat but should have no issue with the hike.

27 days ago

Very steep and rocky trail. Uphill all the way and downhill all the way down. Very tiresome. There are stunning panoramic views at the top. Just be ready to work hard to get there. Also, lots of mountain goats along the trail.

hiking
28 days ago

constant uphill hike, ended up not being as long as I expected but still required several breaks (I am also not in pristine shape - RIP my quadriceps). Definitely worth it for a view of the lake, though. Jumped in after lunch. EXTREMELY COLD on July 15th.

1 month ago

great hike! I wish I had gotten an overnight pass to camp up there, it was so beautiful and worthy of more time to explore around the lake. definitely bring bug spray, those mosquitoes are relentless!

1 month ago

I went about two weeks ago. I started around 3 and was back by 6. It took me about an hour and a half to get to the top. I ran periodically on the way down and made it right at an hour. it was chilly and foggy once I started down. It was beautiful and worth the sore legs on the way up.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail, great day hike! It is for sure a workout so bring plenty of water also it’s pretty heavily trafficked, so if you’re trying to avoid the crowds go early or late. The trek up is well worth it for the view!

hiking
2 months ago

6/2/18 Great trail in the forest, well maintained. The only real difficulty to this trail is the uphill. Took us about 90 minutes to reach the lake at a good pace, which included 10 minutes in short water breaks. Descending was slightly faster. The hike took about 3 hours total. Lake Angeles is stunning, still and very peaceful.

Passed several groups on our way, but not overly crowded. There were hikers of varying abilities on the trail hiking at different speeds.

backpacking
2 months ago

5-27-2018 Lake completely melted out. Snow left on the ridge. Water is cold but feels great to jump in after the climb. Plenty of little fish if you plan to catch your lunch/dinner. Pack your trash out with you, people...

3 months ago

There is no snow on the trail except for the last few meters. The lake is partially frozen.

hiking
4 months ago

I hiked this 4/08/2018 and it was a beautiful trail a little more than half way up we hit ice and snow and it was hard to walk I was just in hiking boots but I was determined when I made it to the lake it was frozen over with about 3 feet of snow but beautiful.

hiking
5 months ago

I started the trail around 10. I reached the lake around noon. Luckily there was one other hiker that had started before me, or I would not have known where to go. The trail is covered in snow and closer to the top it gets around knee deep. I only had crampons but snow shoes and poles would have been nice.

hiking
6 months ago

Good trail! All uphill to the lake, not for the out of shape unless you have all day. We went during the winter so it was snowy about 30 minutes into it. Beautiful view at the lake though.

hiking
6 months ago

hard and beautiful view❤️

6 months ago

So pretty!

hiking
6 months ago

Lovely trail. The ascent through the clouds and the forest is all made worthwhile when you’re greeted by the beautiful Lake Angeles. We did this hike about a week back, no snow shoes required.

hiking
7 months ago

Was not fully prepared for how difficult this trail was, but stuck it out and finished. it was absolutely worth it!! recommend bringing ample water PLUS purification tablets or other water filtration system. also might want to bring small snack to refuel at the top for your hike back down. Would definitely go back, except I would camp overnight instead of using as a day trail next time.

9 months 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
9 months ago

Nice trail. View from top is nice.

hiking
10 months 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
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 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
11 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
11 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!

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

Great uphill challenge

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

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
Saturday, August 05, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Heart o the Hills Trailhead-Shaded, switchback, steep hike up to the Lake Angeles; then, mostly ridge walking, exposed, steep climb w/ some minor snow crossings along Klahhane Ridge up to 5920ft elevation; looking over at Heather Park trail connector was steep w/ some snow crossings as well but there were tracks thru them; decided to hike down to Mt Angeles Rd instead of completing full loop and was able to get a ride w/ a family i met along the way. Weather was excellent, trail is in great shape even w/ the snow; a couple streams at lower elevation below lake, one meltwater stream along the ridge, map shows Heather Park trail as dry (definitely dry at 5900ft)-definitely a recommended hike!

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

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

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