NE DESTINATIONS - SWITCHBACK TRAIL...2.6 MILES
CONNECTS TO: HEATHER PARK TRAIL HURRICANE RIDGE / KLAHHANE RIDGE TRAIL
LAKE ANGELES TRAIL
DIRECTIONS TO : DEER PARK TRAILHEAD - MILEPOST 253
NEAREST CAMPGROUND: Heart of the Hills (12 miles from Hurricane Ridge)
RANGER STATION : Ranger station, toilets, phone, restrooms, snack bar, water
INFO ABOUT TRAIL :
.....For the heartier hiker, Mt. Angeles proffers a 5-mile hike from the Lodge up to Mt. Angeles, its peak at nearly 6000 feet. The Switchback Trail takes you up to the Klahhane Ridge through rarefied alpine meadows and provides unsurpassed views of Mt. Angeles, the Olympic Mountain Range and the city of Port Angeles.
.....The Klahhane Ridge Trail begins at the east end of the Big Meadow parking lot near the visitor center, elevation 5,225 feet. The first half-mile is paved before it becomes a regular trail, which winds along the crest of Sunrise Ridge toward Klahhane Ridge and Mount Angeles. The main trail is well maintained and easy to follow, even with a dusting of snow.
At about 2-1/2 miles, the trail meets the Switchback Trail, which climbs a steep half-mile from the road three miles below the visitor center. Hike another easy mile or so to Klahhane Ridge, elevation 5,900 feet, and consider other hiking options.
Or stay put and enjoy the views of Mount Olympus and the San Juans. A trail to Lake Angeles descends 1-1/2 miles and continues down to the Heart o' the Hills campground, for a total of 10 hiking miles.