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Klahhane Ridge Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (10)

This spectacular trail has some of the best views in all of the Olympic Peninsula.


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2.7

Miles

4.4

KM

Point to Point

6,033' 1,839 m

High

4,290' 1,308 m

Low

332' 101 m

Up

1,916' 584 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This well-known crest takes some effort to reach, but the views are well worth it on a clear day. From the northern end of the Switchback Trail, take the Klahhane Ridge Trail east through open meadows ringed by pine trees. The trail follows the impressive Klahhane Ridgeline skirting cliffs and ledges. Marvel at the incredible 360-degree views of the entire Olympic Peninsula. (Mount Baker to the east, Strait of Juan de Fuca & Vancouver Island to the north, Elk Mountain to the south)

After covering some enjoyably easy terrain, dip down into the saddle between Mount Angeles and Rocky Peak. After a short climb back up to a rocky knoll, some hikers may opt to make this their turn-around point. For those intent on completing this trail, head steeply downhill to the northeast, aiming for the water-droplet-shaped lake far below. This arduous descent around the south and west sides of the Lake Angeles bowl is still fairly exposed and requires scrambling. The demanding trail rewards users with a refreshing dip in the lake at the end.

Flora & Fauna

Mountain goats, black bear, deer, marmots.

Contacts

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Megan W

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  4.4 from 10 votes

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Amazing sights along the Klahhane Ridge - by Rick McCharles
Jun 1, 2015 near Port An…, WA
Helpful sign!
May 3, 2015 near Port An…, WA
Helpful sign
Nov 26, 2018 near Port An…, WA
Lake Angeles in the basin - by Rick McCharles
Jun 1, 2015 near Port An…, WA
Crossing snowfields on the Klahhane Ridge - by Rick McCharles
Jun 1, 2015 near Port An…, WA
Beginning of the Klahhane Ridge - by Nicholas Shipes
Jun 1, 2015 near Port An…, WA

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Aug 11, 2019
Jas Kanwaldeep Benipal
7mi — 3h 00m
Jul 5, 2019
Bethany V
Sep 1, 2018
Mark Gordon
Aug 27, 2018
Meena Selvakumar
Jul 23, 2018
Ella Gron White
Jul 10, 2018
Phat Ly
Aug 31, 2017
Lee Yang
With Jennifer Wu and Siwei Liu 8mi
Jul 24, 2017
Chris Zuba
My GPS had 3 mi to the split towards the Lake Angeles