Klahhane Ridge hike in Olympic National Park, Washington
Klahhane Ridge hike in Olympic National Park, Washington

Klahhane Ridge hike

Olympic National Park
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Klahhane Ridge hike

Distance: 11.8km
Elevation: 521m
Time: 3.5-4.5h

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Beginning the hike from the incredibly high alpine-viewpoint that is Hurricane Ridge, the trail along Klahhane Ridge provides some of the most picturesque panoramas in the park. Plus, this hike isn’t too physically demanding.

Klahhane Ridge hike Map

Getting there

From Port Angeles head south on Race Street. Pass the Visitors Center, and veer right on Hurricane Ridge Rd, following signs for the Heart O’ the Hills Campground. After 29.0km you will reach the parking.

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About

When to do

July through September

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Yes, at trailhead.

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Low

Route Type

Out and back


Klahhane Ridge
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Route Description for Klahhane Ridge

Find the eastern-most trail and begin heading up it. Initially the trail is paved; however, it will turn to dirt. Veer right at all the junctions and gain a small amount of elevation to a ridge. Here you will be able to look out and see the immense skyline of snow-covered mountains to the south. You might be able to see Eagle Point to the southeast.

Descend a short ways from this viewpoint to a junction. You will veer right again, following signs for Klahhane Ridge. Descend a short ways, along a treeless alpine bowl. The crowds will now thin considerably.

This trail undulates up and down as you follow the alpine ridge towards Mt. Angeles. You will reach an unmarked junction at the end of the main ridge. Turn right and descend a short ways, contouring along the south flank of Mt Angeles.

The trail you’re on meets up with the switchback trail halfway across the east shoulder of Mt. Angeles. Merge onto the trail and begin switchbacking up. Here is the brunt of the elevation gain for the hike, and to add to that it is quite sun exposed, so take your time.

Finally, you will clear the pass and have some absolutely stunning views in all directions. Looking south, the aforementioned snowy-peak skyline will still fill the horizon, with the immense Mount Olympus to the right. Looking west the striated Mt Angeles looms above you, and Second Top sits to the north. If you look in the foreground to the south, you will easily be able to see the beautiful Steeple Rock Pillar.

After enjoying the stunning views, return the way you came.

Check out more amazing hikes in the Olympic National Park, like the Hoh River Trail, Ozette Triangle or the Obstruction Point hike.

Insider Hints

  • Make sure to do this hike on a clear day. When we did this hike some smoke blew in halfway through, which detracted from the views as we hiked back.

Comments

Abra Pepel 2 months ago

There's no way you wouldn't get carried away by the beautiful ridge! This hike is not that tough, but the scenery was astounding!

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T Rob 4 months ago

A beautiful and amazing hike that is worth the visit

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Sally S. Norbert 4 months ago

The hike was amazing! It was challenging and beautiful.

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Lambert O 4 months ago

The views in coffee bay will always make you stop and enjoy the peace and raw beauty of nature at its best. Worth It!

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Suzy TQ 4 months ago

This was by far the absolute best weekend we've have ever had. There are many points to take in the incredible views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker, the Cascades, and Vancouver Island, so make sure you turn around!

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Jellybean 4 months ago

Switch back trail is strenuous and exhausting but the views were some of the best I've ever seen.

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Stewart Graham 4 months ago

Great and fun trail! The wildflowers were beautiful!

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footfall 5 months ago

Trail is a mix of incline & decent. Not too strenuous. The ridge was stunning

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HIllaryPNW 5 months ago

Excellent single track, very well maintained. Would like to return and hope for more expansive views, still; enjoyed swimming in the wisps of fog at Mount Angeles.

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Tara Green 6 months ago

its a long road with a nice view of the forest and other peaks

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