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.

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
11 days 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!

18 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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
3 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
4 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.

hiking
5 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.

hard and beautiful view❤️

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.

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.

backpacking
8 months ago

Stepped off on Friday 3 November 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed the hike. Went as far as Lilian river camp on Friday due to stepping off so late on Friday. The trail was maintained and easy to follow. Plenty of additional sites to visit along the way to include mikes cabin. Set up camp along Lillian river and enjoyed the sound of the rushing water. Plenty of deer along the path which made for some great moments. Saturday was a different story with plenty of snow fall during the day. On Sunday I headed back. Needed to use some crampons for better footing but the trail was still easy to follow. All in all great trip and a great area.

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.

Great trail, with incredible views and great wild flowers depending on the time of year.
Despite what this page says, pets are NOT allowed on this trail. There on only a couple trails in Olympic National Park that allow pets. They are the Peabody Creek Trail, Madison Falls, The Spruce Railroad trail and the beach from South beach on north to Ruby Beach. Other wise pets are not allowed on any trails. They are allowed in the parking areas and picnic areas.

hiking
9 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.

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