Explore the most popular camping trails near Port Angeles with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

Such an incredible hike! We hiked up in 1:45 hours and the view at the top is stunning. You can walk to the other side and jump of the rocks, have a picnic, or swim out to the little island in the middle. The water wasn’t too cold - and was crystal clear. You can camp overnight around the lake as well. We stopping for lunch and a swim before heading back down. The trail was very well maintained and you do not need a park pass for a day hike because the trailhead is just inside the Olympic National Park. Highly recommend!

hiking
2 days ago

Love this hike! The views are amazing. We saw a lot of mountaingoats near the trail. And there was one on the end of the trail, super cool. The way up was easy but steep. The way down was al tough because of the loose sand. You need good walking boots.

limited camping along the way. outstanding scenery, not for the light hearted

backpacking
12 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
15 days ago

We did this hike August 5th 2018, we started from the other end to Lake Angela and to Khallane ridge trail and to Heather Park Trial, so 12.6miles not 15miles, over 8hours with breaks. Stunning views with all different type geographical makeups, forests, saw a herd of mountain goats. Very challenging around Khallane ridges and part of heather park trails. Worth every step and sweat’

hiking
17 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.

backpacking
20 days ago

We backpacked this trail in 4 days and a wake-up. We got dropped off at Hurricane Ridge and took the Wolf Creek Trail 8 miles down to the Whiskey Bend Trail Head. A pretty quick drop in elevation definitely was hard on the knees and makes your ears pop. Then stayed in Lillian Camp the first night. Great spot close to the river with great amenities. The trek wasn't too bad getting to Hayes River the second night. There is a great swimming hole under the bridge. Martin's Lake was not an easy find at the Low Divide the third night. The trail was empty until the third night. The Sixteen Mile campground could use a sign or two with some direction as to where to Ford the River. A couple of Cairns on the other side helped us find our way. From Low Divide we hiked to Wolf Bar; another wonderful site. The original plan was to stay at Elip Creek, but it was taken over by Volunteers cleaning the trail. (Thank you!) Not a single downed tree from Elip to Quinault. Only 4 stars due to trail conditions and not very scenic compared to the south fork Enchanted Valley.

Amazing views offset any negatives this trail offers. Expect lots of steep climbs and descents and lots of horseflies if you're going in the summer. Despite the "heavily trafficked" notation in the trail description, parking was easy and we didn't pass many other hikers on the trail. Definitely recommend.

I hiked to Eagle Lakes from the Sol Duc Valley this weekend. It was wet, but the trail was in great shape. People have been telling me terrible things about this trail for the past 15 years, but I loved it. The first 2 miles is overgrown with nettle and blackberry. Make sure you are wearing rain pants and gaiters. The trail does most of it's ascending in the first 2.5 miles. Strange forest ecosystem up there. Tons of mushrooms. We thought we would have the lake alone, but alas we did not. We learned that there is a small second campsite on the low ridge between the lakes. The main campsite was wonderful. It had a creek, view and a helpful canopy. A mountain beaver burrowed all around it.

I did probably 3/4s of this trail total, from Deer Park to around the fork for Obstruction Point/Grand Valley. So, not fully completed, but enough to call it absolutely worthwhile.

From Deer Park you'll start by going downhill for around half a mile, and then start heading uphill pretty hard for maybe 3 miles through forest, until you get up on the mountain ridges. From there it's a bit easier but still plenty of uphill. It's also completely exposed at that point so you'll want to bring sunscreen for the sun and potentially extra layers for the wind.

Once at the ridge you'll have spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Depending on the day you may even end up above the valley clouds which look really cool. If you get far enough (past Roaring Winds) you can even find patches of snow in July.

The Roaring Winds campsite is about halfway across, and I highly recommend it. It's a single, reservable campsite so at the end of the day you'll feel like you have the entire range to yourself. At least on the day we stayed there the wind was not roaring at all so it was a bit buggy, bring some spray. It's at around 6000' so you'll see some spectacular stars at night as well. We had one deer bug us for a while, seemed like he probably had feasted at the site before.

After roaring winds you start going steeply uphill for a while, and the trail gets very narrow and slanted. It worked out fine overall but I was a little concerned about coming down it on tired legs, so just be prepared for that.

Overall had an amazing time with some incredible views of park's glacial lakes and mountains. It's a long day hike but definitely worth it, at least to Roaring Winds.

Great trail, not too long but for sure a good workout. In total, took us about an hour and a half there and back, but taking our time up. The view is well worth it at the top! Saw a lot of goats from a distance. Working off of a mcl tear and going down is steep and a bit hard on the knees-wouldn’t suggest if you are fresh off an injury or struggle with balance!

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.

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.

on Grand Pass Trail

backpacking
1 month ago

June 26/27 2018 We did this as a 2 night backpacking trip. Started late in the afternoon and go to Moose Lake about 5pm. traversed some snow patches but easily passed with boots and poles. no mosquitoes at this time. Tried r make it over Grand Pass, but there was too much snow and we didn't bring mirospikes. Lots of deer, saw 2 approx day old fawns.too cute! lots of very large marmots. Lots of wildfowers!

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.

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.

We did an extended stay in this area and it was incredible. Loved the hike, loved the nature, loved the views. Our original goal was different than what happened in reality but the trail never disappointed. We went in mid May. You will enjoy Bears, Deer, and hopefully some Elk. Elkhorn was our favorite campsite

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...

hiking
2 months ago

The switchbacks were killer! You'll gain about 1,600 ft in a mile and a half. There were a few stream crossings and downed trees on the trail, but they were all pretty easy to get around. A lot of bear scat on the trail though, so I'd definitely watch for bears.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of downed trees on the trail. Encountered a black bear sow and two cubs about 40 yards away where the trail starts to reach the clearing.

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

hiking
3 months ago

Loved the hike. Had great weather and the park to ourselves. It was kinda like a ghost town due to the washout closing the park.

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.

The Olympic hot springs road is currently closed at the Madison Falls Trailhead parking lot and further to all vehicles due to major road washout! You can walk/bike in along the road. According to the sign it’s approximately 3 miles from the parking lot to the Glines Dam overlook.

Cheers!

This trail is an amazing workout in the forest. The trail climbs up steeply. There are several switchbacks but they are usually short. At the end of March, there was slippery, iced over snow on the trail starting at about 2 miles in.

This is a great hike to camp 1/2 way at Roaring Winds. Three spots available. End up at Deer Park for camping, relaxation and wait to get picked up.

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.

I didn't really want to give stars because I didn't get a good enough feel. we started our hike at the trail head with 6, 7, 9,9, and 13 year olds. we only made it about 1.5 miles round trip because trees were falling all over the place at around 2100 feet up. what we saw was beautiful, but it wasn't worth risking injury.

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