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Klahhane Ridge

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast
47.9871, -123.4609 Map & Directions
Length
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1700 feet
Highest Point
6050 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
Trail along Klahhane Ridge. Photo by Eric Jain.
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

Make a steep ascent through flowerfilled slopes to views of high mountain peaks and pillow lavas that originated on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading

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Hiking Klahhane Ridge

Klahhane Ridge can be accessed from four different directions. The shortest and most direct of these routes is the Switchback Trail which begins on Hurricane Ridge Rd and ascends steeply, gaining 1,500 feet in 1.5 miles. From the trailhead, true to its name, the trail begins climbing via switchbacks through a subalpine, mixed-conifer forest. Enjoy the shade beneath these trees; the trail beyond is out in the open. Make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

In summer, meadows full of colorful wildflowers—Indian paintbrush, lupine, phlox, glacier lilies and more—line the trail. Wildlife also frequents the area; keep an alert eye for mountain goats, marmots, black bears and deer. From the trail, views extend out across Morse Creek Valley to Hurricane Ridge.

After climbing 700 feet, arrive at a junction with the Mount Angeles Trail at 0.6 mile. The trail left leads to Hurricane Ridge, traveling 3.1 miles along Sunrise Ridge. Continue right, ascending to a second trail junction at 5,850-foot Victor Pass. From the pass, the summit of Mount Angeles rises to the west. Note the colorful tilted beds of sedimentary and volcanic rock on the shoulder of the peak.

Consider proceeding farther along Klahhane Ridge, following the Lake Angeles Trail to the right. Exercise caution as the narrow trail, which is blasted out of rock in places, travels over exposed cliffs and ledges. A lofty 6,046-foot knoll 1.25 miles farther makes a good turnaround destination.

WTA Pro Tip: During high traffic periods like holiday breaks or New Years, call ahead and ask about wait times. Parking is limited due to snow coverage (not all lots remain open) and there can be 1-3 hour wait at times.

Hike Description Written by
Lindsay Leffelman, WTA Correspondent

Klahhane Ridge

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.9871, -123.4609 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Port Angeles, follow Race St south for 1.2 miles to Hurricane Ridge Rd, past the Olympic Wilderness Information Center. Continue for 14.8 miles to a parking lot for the Switchback Trail on the right side of the road.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

Olympic National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Elwha North-Hurricane Ridge No. 134S

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