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This trail leads ten miles one way from Heart of the Hills Campground to Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. It provides access to high, subalpine terrain and great views.

This track leads ten miles one way from Heart of the Hills Campground to Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. The trail ascends the northern slopes of Mt. Angeles, reaching a high point of 5,285 feet. It then descends the southern flanks of the mountain to reach Hurricane Ridge. Camping sites are available in the backcountry along this route at Heather Park. The slopes between Heather Park and Victor Pass may be difficult to traverse due to snow through late July.

Begin this hike from the western side of Heart of the Hills Campground. The trail leads along the southern shoreline of Lake Dawn before turning southward. Once past the lake the track begins to ascend the northern flanks of Mt. Angeles. The climb is steady for the first mile then gets steeper as it nears Halfway Rock, a large glacier erratic, evidence of the last ice age. Switchbacks begin a half mile before Halfway Rock, which lies two and a half miles from Heart of the Hills.

Beyond the erratic the trail turns eastward and contours the mountain for a quarter mile before turning to the south and climbing steeply. At the top of this second set of switchbacks the trail contours the ridge for a quarter mile to the east then heads south to Heather Park. It reaches the northern ridge crest of Mt. Angeles shortly north of Heather Park Camp. The camp lies four miles from the trailhead in the midst of large meadows. Second Top summit lies east of the campsites and First Top lies north along the ridge line.

South of the camp the trail crosses the ridge and descends slightly along the eastern side of Mt. Angeles. It then ascends to Victor Pass. At the pass the Lake Angeles Trail comes in from the east along Klahhane Ridge. On the southern side of Victor Pass the Heather Park Trail begins to descend. In a quarter mile the Switchback Trail forks to the left. Follow the Heather Park to the right as it heads southwestward to Hurricane Ridge.

The trail descends the rocky slopes of the southern flanks of Mt. Angeles to Sunrise Ridge. The last two and a half miles to Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center the trail follows this ridge on a relatively level grade. Ten miles from Heart of the Hills the trail reaches Hurricane Ridge at an elevation of 5,120 feet.

Directions: From Port Angeles, Find Hurricane Ridge Road behind the Pioneer Memorial Museum and drive southward along the highway 5 miles to the park entrance. Within the park the road climbs 3.5 miles southeastward to Lookout Rock. From this overlook Hurricane Ridge Road turns westward and leads 8 miles along Klahhane Ridge to a junction with Obstruction Point Road. Continue past this junction a short distance to Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. The trail heads north from the parking area.

Elevation: 1,840 feet

Ending Elevation: 5,118 feet

Usage: Heavy in Summer

Difficulty: Strenuous

 
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