Lake Angeles hike
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.
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.
|When to do|
June through September
Yes at Lake Angeles, permits required
Out and back
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.
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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