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Backpack - Heather Park-Lake Angeles Loop

Climb the hill to Klahanie Ridge, Sunrise Ridge and Mount Angeles with glorious views, flowers, wildlife and both a lakeside and a meadow camp. A strenuous trip, but darn worth it.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 17.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,200 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

Meet time in late morning to early afternoon at Lake Angeles Trailhead in Port Angeles.  Meet time will be dependent on ferry schedule and the optional pre-trip Friday morning short day hike at the mouth of Sequim Bay. The Park Service is rebuilding the entrance station and had constructed a temporary entrance 1/4 mile to the North and now the fees station is before the turn off to the Lake Angeles TH--so one must pay the ONP entrance fee or use an America the Beautiful Pass to access the trailhead.

Getting There

From Port Angeles leave US 101 near milepost 249, following Race Street south 1.2 miles to Hurricane Ridge Road (Heart o' the Hills Parkway) and passing the Olympic National Park Visitors Center and Wilderness Information Center. Proceed on Hurricane Ridge Road for 5 miles. Just after the temporary park entrance booth, turn at the second right (west) to reach the trailhead parking area.

Revised Mountaineers Covid-19 Policy--see new Covid-19 blog post

At the discretion the leader, this trip is only open to those that are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and have proof of such.  Per the CDC, no masks are required on the trip and carpooling is an option for those with interest.


Day 1  Optional pre-trip day hike at Sequim Bay to Travis Spit (see note below), then meet at ONP trailhead and backpack up to Lake Angeles Camp, 3.3 miles, 2400 gain.  Set up camp and explore the lake, swim, etc.  Possible evening off-trail exploration.

Day 2  Pack-up and hike with full packs to the  junction with the "Switchback Trail" drop backpacks and dawn light packs and "day-hike" the Sunrise Ridge trail to Sunrise Ridge and on the return take the boot path up Mount Angeles as far as it is safe to travel.  Enjoy the incredible views, meadows, flowers and wildlife. Return to the junction, reclaim our jettisoned backpacks and proceed down and more down to Heather Meadows Camp.  Distance with a full backpack is 4.4 miles with 2200' gain, 1575' loss.  Additional distance with only a light pack is 5.6 miles  with 2000' gain and loss.

Day 3  Possible morning off-trail exploration to Second Top.  Pack-up camp and head back to trailhead. 4.2 miles, 3800' loss.  Optional short day hike on the way back to the ferry at Gibson Spit at the mouth of Sequim Bay.

Note:  The first day and the final day backpack distances are quite short and should take a maximum of 2.5-3 hours each to complete. In order to maximize our time on the Olympic Peninsula, I will offer two additional short day hikes--one before our backpack and one after to round out the days and provide additional natural experiences.  Both of these are beach hikes on the Strait of Juan de Fuca on opposite sides of Sequim Bay.  You can join me for Travis Spit--about 4 miles RT (via Panorama Vista County Park) on Friday morning and/or Gibson Spit--about 2 miles RT on Sunday afternoon.  these should be a fun contrast to our mountain adventure and promise additional scenic beauty and wildlife.  See the following for additional information.

Additional Note:  A bear canister is required. There is a $17 fee per person for the reserved camp spots.  Each car will also need to pay to enter the park.  This trip is leader's permission only.  All participants need to attest that they are fully Covid-19 vaccinated and be willing to provide proof thereof if requested.   This is a strenuous trip.  Please tell me about your backpacking history and what you have been doing this season to be in proper condition for this trip.  Do not request permission before June 28th.  Thanks. Rob


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
  • Small light-weight day pack
  • Bear Canister (an Ursack in not a valid substitute in ONP). A bear canister can be borrowed at the WIC in Port Angeles
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