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.
- 5.0 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 1700 feet
- Highest Point
- 6050 feet
Hiking Klahhane Ridge
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 47.9871, -123.4609 Open in Google Maps