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Mount Angeles

Start from the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center parking lot, following the paved High Ridge Nature Trail. Pass avalanche lilies and a chairlift as you ascend, and come out of the trees onto a bare ridge, with Puget Sound to the north and a beautiful panorama of the Olympic mountains to the south.

Continue on the Klahhane Ridge Trail until you come to a fork, about 2.5 miles in. A distinct climbers trail branches off to the left here, and you begin a steep climb through meadows and subalpine forest, until you come to a scree slope. Snow stays here well into summer, be careful of stepping through rotten snow as late as July or August.

This is where the real climbing begins. Do not attempt summitting Mount Angeles unless you are experienced in scrambling and ready to take on a class 3 ascent. The views are staggering from the top, but don't get distracted when you descend. It's a rough fall.
Driving Directions:

From Port Angeles leave US 101 near milepost 249, following Race Street south 1.2 miles to Hurricane Ridge Road (Heart o' the Hills Parkway) and passing the Olympic National Park Visitors Center and Wilderness Information Center. Proceed on the Hurricane Ridge Road for 14.8 miles to a small parking lot for the Switchback trailhead on the north side of the road.

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Mount Angeles — Jul 06, 2013 — nwroth
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Snow on trail | Bugs | No water source
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Trail is great, clear and easily hiked. Saw some mountain goat fur snagged on wildflowers in mea...
Trail is great, clear and easily hiked.

Saw some mountain goat fur snagged on wildflowers in meadows. Lots of flowers in bloom. View spectacular.

Boot trail up to Mt. Angeles clear, some snow coverage still, so missed an essential turn. Went too far to the left and ended up scrambling up a less accessible route than the one more frequently used. Still managed to get up onto the rocky peak and had lunch with a nice view to the northwest. Downclimbing OK, probably would have been better on more utilized route.

A beautiful, quick dayhike offering gorgeous views of peninsula and straits. No water, but what we carried was enough. Bugs buzzing - bring spray to avoid being bitten.
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Mount Angeles — Aug 26, 2012 — ruggedstickman
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming | Ripe berries
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Mount Angeles (summit) via Heart O' The Hills Trailhead. 13 miles 5,000ft vert (including other sm...
Mount Angeles (summit) via Heart O' The Hills Trailhead.
13 miles
5,000ft vert (including other smaller climbs)
Trailhead Elevation: about 2100ft
Summit Elevation: 6454ft
No snow, debris. Perfect trail conditions.

Hiked the loop clockwise from Heart O' The Hills. Trail rises slowly through the trees with minimal views. At 3.5 miles, Lakes Angeles is nice but not worth stopping at considering what is ahead. Trail rises VERY sharpy out of Lake Angeles as you make the approach to Klahhane Ridge. From the ridge views are AMAZING and you get the first glimpe of Mt Angeles and Mt Olympus. Ridge walk was stunning. For summit, follow boot beat path on the south countour from the ridge, west towards the summit. Scree fields very stable with lots of good footing on rock. Not a difficult scramble, but slightly exposed in some spots. Return (once back on the trail) is generally straight foward with a fun/exposed trail on the west side of the returning ridge with great views of the Straight and coastline. Trail returns to 5800 ft on a ridge notch, then descends 3700 ft back to Heather Park and the Heart O' The Hills trailhead.
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Mount Angeles, Sunrise Ridge — Aug 06, 2011 — austineats
Day hike
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This hike is near Disney like at first. A paved trail, deer that contentedly munch flowers just a fe...
This hike is near Disney like at first. A paved trail, deer that contentedly munch flowers just a few feet from the parking lot and views that can not be beat. After twenty minutes on the trail the crowds thin out. Frequently the trail side hills and on occasion it rides the top of the ridge. Snow exists at one spot where there is a drop in elevation.

Mount Angeles is accessed via a side trail a few miles along the ridge. The trail climbs steeply and is quite dry and slick. After a bit a meadow is reached and wildflowers abound. The trail cuts up the hillside. Rotten loose rocks make up most of the trail. It isn't difficult, just loose.
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Mount Angeles — May 30, 2011 — Mark Goodro
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail | Avalanche danger
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Still 3-4 feet of snow on the trail, much more than I expected. 36 degrees at the trailhead at both ...
Still 3-4 feet of snow on the trail, much more than I expected. 36 degrees at the trailhead at both 10am start and 3pm finish. This is still probably a snowshoe hike. I did not bring snowshoes, so I ended up postholing most of the way up. I followed the hiking trail as closely as I could on the way up, but also followed snowshoe and ski tracks. Visibility was very poor due to heavy fog and light rain. The snowpack is fairly stable with signs of recent avalanches only in the steepest gullies; low to moderate avalanche risk. I heard several small avalanches in the chutes on the East side while on the summit ridge. An ice ax is highly recommended for the steep traverses, and especially is you go straight up (or down) any of the steeper slopes. The summit ridge was mostly free of snow. By early afternoon the snow was too wet to glissade down any but the steepest slopes.
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Mount Angeles — Oct 28, 2007 — MITllama
Day hike
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Wanting to avoid encounters with hunters, we elected to stay within the national park and chose this...

Wanting to avoid encounters with hunters, we elected to stay within the national park and chose this old favorite. When we left the TH at 9:00 AM there were only a couple of cars near the visitors center. The weather was light fog and pleasantly cool as we soon warmed up on the ascent to the ridge. There were patches of snow on the leeward side of the ridge but the trail was clear and mostly dry with a few frost crystals. Once we reached the side trail to Mt Angeles the steep uphill climb was clear until we reached the summit block. The final gully was partially filled with snow to a depth of not more than 2 feet, enough to plant an ice axe occasionally without hitting rock. We had a few seconds to enjoy 360 degree views before clouds blew in from the west but were never in a white-out. At the beginning of the descent we both slipped a bit on the same icy spot, and we were glad there wasn't more ice or we would have had to descend by the eastern route (which we had climbed in 2004 and remembered as more difficult) because it was drier. It was a relief to down climb the gully and get back to scree, and we stopped there to eat lunch and drink a thermos of tea. From there it was a straightforward return and we now met quite a few hikers on the ridge and beyond just coming out. They must have slept in hoping for clearer skies but the sun never came through except for a few seconds at a time to give me a shadow.

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The view just below the east side of the summit of Mount Angeles. Photo by nwroth.
Location
Olympics -- North
Olympic National Park
Statistics
Roundtrip 6.25 miles
Elevation Gain 1254 ft
Highest Point 6454 ft
Features
Coast
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views
Summits
Ridges/passes
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National Park/Refuge entry fee required
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Green Trails Elwha North-Hurricane Ridge No. 134S

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