Lake Angeles Hike in Olympic National Park, Washington

Lake Angeles hike

Olympic National Park
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Lake Angeles hike

Distance: 11.4km
Elevation: 719m
Time: 3-4.5h

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The sustained incline as you hike up to Lake Angeles is admittedly dull at times. However, the incredible, fortress-like views of the mountain’s cliffs surrounding the lake make the ache in your thighs feel justified.

Lake Angeles hike Map

Getting there

From Port Angeles go south on S Race Street past the Visitor Centre. Veer right onto Hurricane Ridge Rd. Follow for 8.2km until just before the entrance station where you will turn right, following signs for the Lake Angeles Trailhead.

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About

When to do

June through September

Backcountry Campsites

Yes at Lake Angeles, permits required

Toilets

No

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Low

Route Type

Out and back


Lake Angeles
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Route Description for Lake Angeles

This is a pretty straightforward hike. There are two trails which start from the parking lot, make sure you are on the Lake Angeles Trail, to the left. You’ll begin and almost immediately start ascending. The trail is extremely well graded and maintained.

Up and up and up you will go. You’ll face some heavy climbing, and – frustratingly – you will gain many false ridges.

Finally, however the trail will even out, and you will arrive at a totally unmarked junction. Go straight here, and very quickly you’ll find yourself arriving at the campground surrounding the lake.

Head down to the water to enjoy the pristine view. Surrounding the south side of the lake you will see the ridge of the aptly named “Rocky Peak”, as well as the mesmerizing island in the middle of the lake. Enjoy the ambiance of the still water and the logs floating on its north end before returning 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

  • You can continue along the trail around the west side of the path. This allows you to connect this trail with the Klahhane Ridge Trail; however, there is a lot of climbing involved!

  • This is also a fantastic and easy backpacking trip.

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Papa smurph 2 months ago

It is a gorgeous turquoise lake sitting at the base of tall rugged mountains.

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Tara Green 2 months ago

The views at the top are definitely worth the effort. Highly recommend.

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Lambert O 3 months ago

Trail is well maintained, you will have challenge going up but doesn't matter when you see the spectacular views.

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Jellybean 3 months ago

Payoff is solid - Great Lake view. A test of your endurance as it is uphill the whole way, but nothing too steep.

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Stewart Graham 3 months ago

Perfect trail condition. I was lucky to see the lake because of good weather. Highly recommend.

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footfall 3 months ago

Perfect trail condition to Lake Angeles. The lake is beautiful and the views just continue to get better as you climb.

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John Savage 4 months ago

Nice trail up through to Lake Angeles. Hike through woods takes most of the time but is worth it when you reach the lake. Steady incline all the way. It was foggy but within 30minutes the fog cleared up and it was stunning.

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T Rob 5 months ago

A great hike! Pretty challenging, as it is a little bit steep uphill climb. The views at Lake very worth the trip

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Terrynosaurus 1 year ago

The hike was fairly challenging. It drains you walking up all the time. But I must admit, seeing the brute mountain slopes and knowing that you really finished this challenge was great. It boosts your self-esteem a lot.

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HereComesScott 1 year ago

Lake Angeles was a bit average but the end was amazing - nice views.

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