Backpack - Heather Park-Lake Angeles Loop


Backpack - Heather Park-Lake Angeles Loop

This strenuous 3-day loop backpack of 19.1 miles and 5500' total elevation gain is an extraordinary ridge-ramble from the Heart of the Hills trailhead on the Olympic Peninsula with views of the ocean and lovely glaciated peaks as well as a glacier carved lake, mountain goats and wildflowers.

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  • Mon, Aug 31, 2015 — Wed, Sep 2, 2015
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 19.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,500 ft

To be determined.  Trailhead is at Heart of the Hills campground, about 2 hours and 40 minutes from downtown Seattle off the Hurricane Ridge road.  Google map directions from Seatttle:,+WA/48.0391,-123.4319/@47.6746389,-123.4457126,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x5490102c93e83355:0x102565466944d59a!2m2!1d-122.3320708!2d47.6062095!1m1!4e1?hl=en

Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course credit. In addition, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.

Day 1: Ferry from Edmonds to Kingston, drive to Port Angeles to pick up permits. Drive to trailhead at Heart of the Hills.   Hike 3.7 miles, gaining 2,350 feet to Lake Angeles and set up camp. Day 2: Climb 2,000 feet in 2 miles to attain Klahhane Ridge. At 3 miles from the lake, come to a junction with the Sunrise Ridge Trail. We’ll probably drop our gear at the junction and sidetrip 3.3 miles to Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, gaining about 1,000 feet, and return back to the junction, then hike 2.2 miles to Heather Park and set up camp. Day 3: Complete the loop by hiking 4 miles back to the trailhead, and return home.

Please note according to the "Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula" book by Craig Romano, there is some loose scree and semi-exposed areas along Klahhane Ridge. They are described as "exposed ledges and precipitous cliffs" where in a few spots, the trail has been blasted into the rock.


Heather Park-Lake Angeles Loop

  • Green Trails Hurricane Ridge/Elwha North No. 134S

    Custom Correct Hurricane Ridge

    Green Trails Mt Angeles No. 135

    Green Trails Port Angeles No. 103
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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