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black Heather Park Loop

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11.8 mile 19.0 kilometer out and back
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Elevation

Ascent: 4,730' 1,442 m
Descent: -4,758' -1,450 m
High: 6,033' 1,839 m
Low: 1,848' 563 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 54% (28°)

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Trail shared by Pete B

A long slog up, but once at the top, the views, and exposed rock are amazing.

Pete B

Features Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

The best section is Heather Park, and Klahane Ridge, these sections offer the most gentle grades of the hike, and the most stunning views.

Need to Know

Watch for goats!

Description

The trail starts in what I call "dead forest," forest with little or no undergrowth. You'll be on the route up by taking the Lake Angeles Trail and will complete the route clockwise. At the start, you're greeted by Ennis Creek along which an abundance of life forms go about their business. Be careful on the first bridge, because the scenery is distractingly amazing. After a while, it turns to a quieter tableau of evergreens, who keep you company on your way to the lake.

There is nothing too steep or scrambly, and the smooth trail makes for moderate hiking. Just be mindful of the other trail users. The trail climbs through the same forest type for about 5 miles and you'll pass Lake Angeles on your left.

Here you can stop to take a dip in the lake, or swim out to the island. After another short climb on the Klahhane Ridge Trail, you'll emerges in Heather Park.

Stunning views, exposed rock, and craggy ridges await. 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)

On the way back down, take the Heather Park Trail. This will be a long descent, and be prepared for a strenuous downhill.

Flora & Fauna

Marmots, goats, and deer near the top.

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Jul 14, 2019
Emi H
May 26, 2019
Dakota Native
Starting loop 11.8mi
Sep 1, 2018
Y B
11.8mi
Aug 21, 2018
Sophia Riffkin
12.7mi
Aug 3, 2018
Andrew Burkhrdt
May 26, 2018
Justina Sutherland
Still snow on the trail for the last bit before you arrive at the basin. Also saw a lot of blood in the snow probably from a cougars lunch! 9mi — 6h 00m
Jan 3, 2018
Matt Berninghaus
Went up the Heather park head with hopes of making it the 4 miles to the park. Knee deep snow stopped me just over 3 miles in. Quite a few fallen tree 7mi
Oct 8, 2017
Margus Rumberg

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