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Sunrise Ridge delivers the same jaw-slacking views as Hurricane Hill, but without the asphalt and crowds. Chances are also good that on Sunrise Ridge you'll encounter some resident wildlife, especially in the morning. Deer, bear, coyote, and the ubiquitous chipmunk all make themselves at home along this delightful trail. And wildflowers-they grow in profusion, from magenta paintbrush, to spreading phlox, penstemon, lupine, bistort, and larkspur. When your nose isn't glued to the ground admiring a myriad of blossoms, your eyes will be strained from scanning the horizons.

From the parking lot, head north on the Mount Angeles Trail, the first 0.3 mile following the paved High Ridge Nature Trail. Real tread begins after cresting a small knoll. Just beyond, in a small saddle, come to a junction. The trail left leads 0.1 mile to Sunrise Point, a 5500-foot viewpoint on the ridge. It's a nice spot, but it gets better down the trail. Carry on, dropping 250 feet from the saddle, leaving the hubbub of Hurricane Ridge behind.

Undulating between groves of subalpine fir and resplendent alpine meadows, the trail works its way over and around a handful of knolls. Gaze north, out across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to massive Vancouver Island and its scads of mountains. Scan the strait eastward to snowy Mount Baker rising above a myriad of islands and inlets. Turn your attention south to the Olympic interior, to an emerald sea punctuated by craggy summits adorned in ice and snow. Mount Olympus, the centerpiece of this magnificent wilderness setting, dominates the southwestern horizon.

Of course, it's impossible to ignore the imposing peak in front of you-the one growing taller with each step-6454-foot Mount Angeles. At 2.6 miles the trail delivers you right to the base of this locally prominent peak. A climbers path takes off to the left, while the Mount Angeles Trail continues right, skirting the southern slopes of the rocky mountain. Feel free to venture a ways up the steep climbers path through more meadows and subalpine forest. Stop when the trail reaches scree, unless you're trained and prepared to make a class 3 scramble. In any case, the views along Sunrise Ridge are as good as any from Mount Angeles.
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 17.5 miles to the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center. The trail begins on the north side of the large parking area.

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Sunrise Ridge — Aug 12, 2013 — briana
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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First time hiking out of the Hurricane Ridge area and we were very happy with the results! Our so...
First time hiking out of the Hurricane Ridge area and we were very happy with the results!

Our son is a little over two years old and hiked most of the way. It got a little hard for him in the switchbacks coming down onto the last ridge before Mount Angeles. The clouds were on either side of us for most of the trip, but we did get some great views too and it kept us from getting too hot.

The signage for this hike does not say anything about "Sunrise Ridge" and the rangers call it Klahhane Ridge. I think this is only if you continue going past where the trail forks at the end of the Sunrise Ridge trail. Go past Sunrise Point and that will get you there.

We did see a couple of bucks too. Not too busy of a trail, but still busy for a Monday afternoon.

Great hike overall!
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Sunrise Ridge — Jul 06, 2013 — Stephen
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Water on trail | Snow on trail
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Beautiful day in Olympic National Park. This trail has a fair amount of ups and downs but the views ...
Beautiful day in Olympic National Park. This trail has a fair amount of ups and downs but the views more than make up for it. Go early before the afternoon crowds come. Wildflowers are out in force!
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Sunrise Ridge — Jul 05, 2013 — AJ
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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My criteria were: snow free, mountain views, kid friendly (low elevation change), and drive able fro...
My criteria were: snow free, mountain views, kid friendly (low elevation change), and drive able from home. I think we found the only qualifier in Western Washington and this may become our early summer go to hike when Mt Rainier still has snow above the valleys.

We saw a group of mountain goats, several deer within yards, and the expected chipmunks. Another hiker reported a bear on klahhane ridge trail.

We had planned to start out around 10am but got a late start at 1:00pm,which worked out to our benefit as the clouds/fog enveloped the ridge both before and after our hike. I'd suggest looking for a really clear day otherwise your visibility may be measured in feet.

This would be the perfect trail for the family, out of town guests, and new hikers - all the rewards for little work. The parking lot was full, so don't expect privacy, but once you get past the first junction, it's fine (even on a holiday weekend).
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Sunrise Ridge, Switchback, Klahhane Ridge — Jun 19, 2013 — stephen.alvarado
Overnight
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Snow on trail
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This was my first time hiking in this part of the Olympics and I was pretty impressed on how relativ...
This was my first time hiking in this part of the Olympics and I was pretty impressed on how relatively snow-free the trail was this time of the season! My normal stomping grounds in the Cascades are still under tons of snow, so it was nice finding dry ground up here.

We started out from the Hurricane Ridge parking lot and headed up to our overnight camping spot at Klahhane Ridge via the Sunrise Ridge and Switchback trails. Being the middle of the week with rain in the forecast, we only saw four other people the whole time we were out. Saw lots of critters though: marmots, deer, ravens, chipmunks, and even a black bear! No goats on this trip.

There are a few patches of snow here and there, but all are easy to cross in just boots. Along the Sunrise Ridge trail there was only one big snowfield that we had to cross (actually we glissaded since it was downhill). There were larger snow patches to cross once we got to Klahhane Ridge, but they were all easy to get by. The rain held off for most of the day, with showers off and on throughout the afternoon. It did get foggy at times, but we still were treated with some great views. It was pretty neat watching the clouds drift over the grassy meadows and craggy peaks.

For more photos and a more detailed description of the hike, check out my blog! http://salvarado24.wordpress.com/[…]/
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Klahhane Ridge, Sunrise Ridge — Aug 02, 2012 — Meredith
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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The wildflowers saved the day! I drove 2.5 hours from Tacoma with my in-laws in tow to show them th...
The wildflowers saved the day! I drove 2.5 hours from Tacoma with my in-laws in tow to show them the sweeping panoramas from Hurricane Hill. Well, the road to Hurricane Hill was closed, which didn't matter much because we were fogged in anyway. We walked a couple of miles toward Klahhane Ridge and admired the wildflowers instead. The display is truly magnificent right now. An added benefit is that there were relatively few people around. As we headed back toward our car, the fog lifted enough for my in-laws to get partial views of Port Angeles, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the surrounding Olympic peaks. Nothing more satisfying than hearing out-of-towners give that gasp of delight when they take in the view. This was also my inaugural hike for Hike-a-Thon. Three miles down and forty-seven to go!
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Location
Olympics -- North
Olymic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Statistics
Roundtrip 5.2 miles
Elevation Gain 1000 ft
Highest Point 5500 ft
Features
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views
Wildlife
Ridges/passes
User info
Good for kids
Dogs not allowed
National Park/Refuge entry fee required
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)
Green Trails Elwha North-Hurricane Ridge
No 134S
Custom Correct Hurricane Ridge

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