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Mount Angeles Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (19)

This is a scenic and delightful high alpine trail through meadows and along ridgelines.


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Map Key

2.3

Miles

3.8

KM

Point to Point

5,485' 1,672 m

High

5,073' 1,546 m

Low

240' 73 m

Up

552' 168 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This trail presents a more family friendly option to the Switchback Trail. Enjoy more moderate grades across a still-manageable length of trail as you climb the ridgeline.

Description

Compared to the Switchback Trail, this is a more gentle but time-consuming way to approach the spectacular Klahhane Ridge area. (Note: on some maps the Mount Angeles Trail is also called the Klahhane Ridge Trail)

To reach the start of the Mount Angeles Trail, find the entrance to the Cirque Rim Trail at the far eastern end of the parking area. Follow the Cirque Rim Trail briefly until the High Ridge Nature Trail splits off to the right (east). Travel on the High Ridge Nature Trail through the meadow then steeply uphill to the junction of the Sunrise Point Trail and the Mount Angeles Trail.

Take the Mount Angeles Trail downhill and to the right towards a saddle along the spine. Soak in the great views towards the east. Begin a gentle ascent of the open ridge line between scattered trees. After the high point, utilize switchbacks to descend a rocky knob. The grade eases considerably and travel becomes more mellow. A long, undulating section of narrow trail passes through fields of wildflowers and then through more dense forest heading north. At the intersection with the Mount Angeles Summit Climbers Trail, stay right (east) to continue on the Mount Angeles Trail.

Contour below the southern face of Mount Angeles on a pleasant descent through more wildflower covered slopes. After a stream crossing in a steep ravine, the Mount Angeles Trail ends at a T-junction with the Switchback Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Mountain goats, deer, black bear, marmot.

Contacts

Shared By:

Megan W

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  4.4 from 19 votes

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Jul 20, 2022
Ben Markoch
Beautiful panoramic hike through alpine meadows and forests. Amazing views of the Olympic mountain range! 4mi — 2h 00m
Jul 7, 2022
Jason Musgrave
Sep 25, 2021
Natalia Stilnovich
2.5mi
Aug 30, 2020
Samantha Bernecker
5mi
Aug 9, 2020
Anna Cunningham
Jul 25, 2020
Holly Gagnon
Jul 19, 2020
Douglas Everson
2.3mi
Jul 14, 2020
Abby Hric