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Climb steeply uphill to the summit of Mount Angeles.


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3.5

Miles

5.6

KM

Out and Back

6,202' 1,891 m

High

4,409' 1,344 m

Low

1,794' 547 m

Up

1,794' 547 m

Down

20%

Avg Grade (11°)

56%

Max Grade (29°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features 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.

Overview

One of the easiest-access summits in the Olympic Mountains ends with a pretty spicy scramble. The views are unbeatable!

Description

This route begins up the Switchback Trail. Climb steeply uphill, switchbacking until you reach the junction with the Hurricane Ridge to Switchback Trail, usually signed. Turn left and proceed south on this narrow trail for about 0.5 mile when you exit the trees and reach a broad saddle. There is a faint trail to your right, which is the Mount Angeles Summit Climbers Trail. Follow this extremely steep trail until it reaches a flat area among some talus and scree.

From this point on, please use best judgement on whether or not to proceed to the summit. The trail will disappear, and there is a risk of rockfall if you proceed into the gullies. You'll want shoes that gain purchase on rock so you don't slip. This is a challenging and dangerous scramble--please don't take it lightly!

Be mindful of people above or below you, and don't be ashamed to turn around at any point. The summit is a wide area that could fit a few people, and it grants incredible views when it isn't in the clouds.

Flora & Fauna

Deer. Wildflowers in mid to late summer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Maura Treaccar

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Looking at Unicorn Peak and horn.
Jan 26, 2022 near Port An…, WA
The road as it winds down the hill.
May 10, 2018 near Port An…, WA

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