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The hike from Hurricane Ridge to Mount Angeles is a spectacular day hike in Olympic National Park. Along the Klahhane Ridge Trail you have panoramic views over this side of Olympic National Park. To get up onto Mount Angeles, it’s a tough hike that ends with some tricky rock scrambling, but you are rewarded for your efforts. On a clear day, you get 360° views from the peak of Mount Angeles (the highest peak in the Hurricane Ridge area) so getting here is well worth the effort.

In this post, learn how to hike to Mount Angeles. If you are looking for something shorter or less challenging, you only need to hike a portion of this trail to still get some truly amazing views of Olympic National Park.

Here’s how to do it.

Mount Angeles Hiking Stats

Distance: 6.25 miles round-trip (this includes the short spur trail to Sunrise Point)
Total Ascent: 2,550 feet (75% of this elevation gain is on the hike from Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center to the peak of Mount Angeles, the other 25% comes on the return hike)
Starting Elevation (Hurricane Ridge): 5,250 feet
Highest Elevation (Mount Angeles): 6,450 feet
Difficulty: Most of the hike is easy to moderate; the final hike and rock scramble up to the peak is difficult
Length of time: 4 to 6 hours
When to go: The best time to hike to Mount Angeles is during the summer season when the trail is free of snow. During the winter season, the road to Hurricane Ridge is only open on weekends and can close at anytime due to snowfall. Learn more on the NPS website.

Mount Angeles Elevation Profile

Elevation profile


Mount Angeles Hike Map

Please practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace: plan ahead, stay on the trail, pack out what you bring to the hiking trail, properly dispose of waste, leave areas as you found them, minimize campfire impacts, be considerate of other hikers, and do not approach or feed wildlife.


Hiking the Klahhane Ridge Trail to Mount Angeles

Step-by-Step Trail Guide 

Getting to the Trailhead

The trail starts next to the parking lot for the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.

To get here, drive Hurricane Ridge Road to the very end. The parking lot for the visitor center is enormous. However, the trail starts at the eastern end of the parking lot, so there is no need to drive to the end of the lot (unless there is limited parking when you arrive).

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and parking lot seen from Sunrise Point Trail.

Look for the paved trail labeled with the sign for the High Ridge Trail. This is where your hike begins.

High Ridge Trail Mt. Angeles Hike

High Ridge Trail

High Ridge Nature Trail to Sunrise Point

The High Ridge Nature Trail starts off as a paved trail. It climbs up onto a ridge and nice overlook. It then becomes a dirt trail that can be rather dusty if it has not rained recently.

High Ridge Trail View

Sunrise Point and Mt. Angeles

The view along the trail of Sunrise Point and Mount Angeles.

 Mt Angeles Olympic NP

Another view of Mount Angeles and Hurricane Ridge Road


After walking across the ridge, you have the option to hike the spur trail to Sunrise Point. This detour adds 0.2 miles onto the hike. The view from Sunrise Point is nice but honestly, I don’t think you lose much by skipping it. Here is the view to help you decide.

Sunrise Point View

View from Sunrise Point


Hiking to Mount Angeles

Continue past the spur trail to Sunrise Point. The trail goes by two different names, based on trail maps I have seen and online reports: the Sunrise Point Trail and the Klahhane Ridge Trail.

Along this trail, you have great views of Puget Sound and the snowcapped mountains of Olympic Park. You get some great views from this part of the trail, although it doesn’t even come close to what you will get from the peak of Mount Angeles.

The trail alternates between exposed ridgeline and dense forests with wildflowers.

Hiking to Mount Angeles Olympic

Sunrise Point Trail Olympic

Looking back along the trail towards the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.

 Olympic National Park in July

Trail to the Overlook

View of Mount Angeles from the trail. The white line marks the short, easy trail to the overlook. The trail to Mount Angeles is the red line.

Optional Turn-Around Point: If you don’t want to hike all of the way to Mount Angeles, I recommend hiking to the viewpoint along Sunrise Point Trail. Right before you get to the big descent, there is a very short spur trail that takes you to a nice overlook. From here, you can see Mount Angeles and you have a great view along Sunrise Ridge. For those who don’t want to do a big, strenuous day hike, this makes a great turn-around point. On our map of the trail, I labeled this spot as “overlook.” If you just hike to this overlook, you will hike 3 miles round trip with 800 feet of total ascent.

After a big descent followed by a smaller climb, you will come to a fork in the trail. Take the trail to the left to continue to Mount Angeles. When we did this (July 2020), the trail to the left is not marked by any sign. The only trail marker here is a sign labeled “TRAIL,” which marks the Klahhane Ridge Trail.

Fork in the Trail

Hiking/Scrambling up Mount Angeles

Once you get to the fork in the trail, the hike gets radically harder. It is a constant uphill hike, mostly through a forest, although you will get some occasional views out over Olympic National Park. This part of the trail isn’t too bad in terms of difficulty, but that will change.

Wildflowers and Evergreens


Once you emerge from the trees, Mount Angeles will be in front of you. At this point, the trail gets steeper and can be hard to follow in spots. There are no trail signs at this point and very little in terms of rock cairns to keep you moving in the correct direction. Basically, you have to follow the worn trail of those who have hiked here before you, but the trail can be easy to lose in some spots.

Trail to Mount Angeles

Scree and Slippery Trail

After hiking up steep dirt trails and over scree slopes, you have one final climb before you. There is a fork in the trail. If you take the trail to the left, it’s a little bit longer, but it is also less steep with just a little bit of rock scrambling at the very end. If you are not confident in your rock scrambling skills, we recommend going left at the fork.

The trail to the right is a shorter but steeper climb to the summit with some technical rock scrambling. This is the route we took and here are our photos.

Mount Angeles Trail

Rock Scrambling

Julie Rock Scrambling

The last scramble onto the peak is the most challenging. Some other hikers turned around without attempting this part. If you can do it, it is worth it to get to the top, since you get to see those panoramic views you worked so hard for. However, if you get to this point and don’t think you can manage the rock scramble, I recommend retracing your steps to the fork and going up the left side.

Final Rock Scramble


Once standing safely on top of Mount Angeles, enjoy the spectacular view. On a clear day, you can see Puget Sound, Vancouver Island, the mountains of Olympic National Park, and Mt. Rainier.

Mount Angeles View

On Top of Mt Angeles

Julie and Kara Olympic

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Kara and Tim Silhouette


To get down off of Mount Angeles, we hiked down the left side of the peak, and it is much easier than the tricky rock scramble.

To get back to your car, retrace your steps.

Kara in Olympic NP

Olympic National Park Hike

Washington Travel Guide

Tips to Have the Best Experience

In order to stand on top of Mount Angeles, you will have to do some rock scrambling. The rock scrambling in this hike is challenging and if you have never done any rock scrambling before, you should consider skipping this hike. The scrambling is tricky in spots with steep drop-offs, so you need to be confident in your ability before attempting this climb.

This hike is best done on a clear day. If it’s cloudy, you won’t get to see the amazing views that you worked so hard for. Check the weather forecast before you go and if you will be in Olympic National Park for multiple days, consider hiking this trail on the clearest weather day.

Leave no trace. When you are in the park, practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace. This includes packing out what you bring into the park, be considerate of other hikers, stay on the trail, and do not remove anything from the park.

How to Hike to Mount Angeles

What to Bring on the Hike

Hiking shoes. Don’t do this hike in anything other than hiking shoes or hiking boots. The final trail up to Mount Angeles, with the loose rock and scree, is slippery. You will also need shoes with good traction for the final section of rock scrambling.

Hiking poles. Hiking poles take the stress off of your legs and help to ease leg pain and fatigue.

Water and snacks. At least 2 liters of water in the summer.

Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. For much of this hike you will be exposed to the sun, with very little shade.

Rain jacket or fleece. It can be chilly on top of Mount Angeles, even in the summer. Be prepared for all weather conditions.

Check trail conditions on the National Park Service website before you go.

If you are new to hiking or are curious about what you should bring on a hike, check out our Hiking Gear Guide. Find out what we carry in our day packs and what we wear on the trails.

If you have any questions about hiking to Mount Angeles in Olympic National Park, let us know in the comment section below.

More Information for Your Trip to Washington

THINGS TO DO IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK: Hiking one or more of the trails is one of the best things to do in Olympic National Park. See the full list of must-have experiences in our guide to the Best Things to Do in Olympic National Park.

NATIONAL PARKS IN WASHINGTON: In our guide to the Washington National Parks, we give an overview on all three parks, Mount Rainier, Olympic, and the North Cascades. Learn how to visit all three national parks in our Washington Road Trip Itinerary.

BEST OF THE NORTH CASCADES: Don’t miss the beautiful Maple Pass Loop and hiking to Sahale Arm for stunning views across the park. Get the full list in our article Best Things to do in North Cascades National Park.

HIKES IN MOUNT RAINIER: Popular hikes in Mount Rainier include the Skyline Trail, Tolmie Peak, the Mount Fremont Hike, and hiking to Summerland and Panhandle Gap. You can see the full list in our article Best Hikes in Mount Rainier.

NATIONAL PARKS: In our Guide to the US National Parks, get the full list of national parks with important travel planning information, such as things to do in the parks and sample itineraries.


If this is part of a bigger road trip through the USA, visit our United States Travel Guide and our Washington Travel Guide for more inspiration and travel planning tips.


Olympic National Park Mount Angeles Hike


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Comments 11

  1. Avatar for Chema

    Hi Julie!
    Thank you for all the information in your blog, it’s just priceless.
    This is the third time I use your blog to get advise and information. I’m planning on hiking Mount Angeles in Olympic NP and I would like to know if there is a gpx track to download to my phone, to follow the “easy” scrambling part at the end of the hike.
    Thank you, and keep posting amazing hikes.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Chema. I’m glad you like our site! Unfortunately, I don’t have a GPX file from that hike to share. Hopefully my instructions and photos are enough that you can figure out how to stay on the easier route. Have a great hike! Cheers, Julie

  2. Avatar for Felix Renta
    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      It really depends on how much snow they got that winter/spring. We did this in July and there wasn’t snow anywhere on the trail. But since this area gets a huge amount of snow, you might still may have some snow on the trail in May. Hiking up Mt. Angeles in the snow could be dangerous, since the rock scrambling is challenging even without the snow. So, keep an eye on the weather and I believe that you can get updates on snow levels at the Hurricane Ridge visitor center on the NPS website. Cheers, Julie

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  3. Avatar for Marianne
    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Thanks for writing in…I definitely need to clarify that. It is 6.5 miles round trip. It’s a gorgeous hike!! Cheers, Julie

  4. Avatar for Molly
    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      No, we only did the Klahhane Ridge Trail in this area. I would imagine that you would get similar views from both trails. I just looked at the Hurricane Ridge Trail on All Trails…it’s shorter and easier. However, you don’t have to go all of the way to Mount Angeles and the views from the first part of the Klahhane Ridge Trail are stunning (if you are concerned about the distance). Maybe another website has photos from the Hurricane Ridge Trail to help you decide. Cheers, Julie

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    Kathy Younkin

    I think these photos of your hike are the most beautiful mountain shots I’ve seen. With the green fir trees, the blue mountains and the purple flowers, truly stunning!!!!!

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