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This is an exposed, no nonsense grunt up to the spectacular Klahhane Ridge.


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1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Point to Point

5,867' 1,788 m

High

4,446' 1,355 m

Low

1,421' 433 m

Up

13' 4 m

Down

18%

Avg Grade (10°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Trailhead is accessed via Hurricane Ridge road, entry fee required. Hurricane Ridge road is open every day in the summer but only Fri - Sun & Holidays (weather permitting) from 9am - 4pm during the winter season. Hurricane Ridge is snowbound in winter. Avalanche dangers exist, winter navigation skills required.

Description

There are several ways to reach Klahhane Ridge, but the Switchback Trail is the shortest and most efficient. It is very steep and without much shade, so be prepared. This challenging climb begins its ascent immediately from the Switchback trailhead parking lot off Hurricane Ridge Road. Initially, the trail passes through dense dark conifer forests and crosses several streams. To stay on the Switchback Trail, keep right at the intersection with the Mount Angeles Trail. Shade provided by tree cover decreases the higher you go.

Continue to navigate the steep switchbacks, climbing the southern flank of Mount Angeles towards Klahhane Ridge. Admire the mountain's striped layers of sedimentary rock made from lava. The trail hugs the base of improbably colored basalt towers. The Switchback Trail ends upon reaching the junction of Heather Park Trail and the Klahhane Ridge Trail. From here you'll already be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the Olympic Peninsula in all directions.

Flora & Fauna

Mountain lion, black bear, marmot, deer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Megan W with improvements by Maura Treaccar

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Ennis Creek drainage.
Jun 10, 2023 near Port An…, WA
Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) on Olympic National Park Switchback Trail
Mar 24, 2015 near Port An…, WA
Descending from Klahhane Ridge via the Switchback Trail.
Sep 9, 2019 near Port An…, WA
Helpful sign!
May 3, 2015 near Port An…, WA
One of several deer found on the trail Saturday afternoon.
Oct 9, 2017 near Port An…, WA
Mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) on Switchback Trail to Klahhane Ridge
Mar 24, 2015 near Port An…, WA

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Aug 13, 2022
RJ P
Jul 2, 2021
Emily Davies
Tough but beautiful hike straight up! 3.5mi
Oct 14, 2019
Samo Beroe
1mi — 13h 30m
Aug 17, 2019
Alicia Zag
Pretty wildflowers, lots of mist at the top. No goats 3.8mi — 1h 45m
Sep 2, 2018
Pradyumna Agrawal
Jul 6, 2018
Michal Zawirski
Aug 18, 2017
Chris W
Aug 16, 2017
Samantha Orley
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