Lake of the Angels

Hoodsport, Washington

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Cupped in a high cirque on snowy, craggy Mount Skokomish, Lake of the Angels in the Valley of Heaven is one of the prettiest alpine lakes in the Olympics. But reaching this divine destination first requires a passage through hell. The trail was laid out by climbers—it’s brutally steep and requires use of hands in one short section going over a headwall. It’s not dangerous, but hikers skittish on ledges may want to opt for another trail. For those who work hard to get to this celestial setting, expect one of the most dramatic backdrops in the Olympics as your reward. Dogs are prohibited at park boundary.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Cupped in a high cirque on snowy, craggy Mount Skokomish, Lake of the Angels in the Valley of Heaven is one of the prettiest alpine lakes in the Olympics. But reaching this divine destination first requires a passage through hell.

The trail was laid out by climbers—it’s brutally steep and requires use of hands in one short section going over a headwall. It’s not dangerous, but hikers skittish on ledges may want to opt for another trail. For those who work hard to get to this celestial setting, expect one of the most dramatic backdrops in the Olympics as your reward.

Dogs are prohibited at park boundary.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hoodsport
Distance: 7.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,350 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Late July to mid-October
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Views, Wildflowers
Local Contacts: Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene and Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S, Custom Correct Mount Skokomish–Lake Cushman
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake of the Angels

Recent Trail Reviews

6/6/2010
0

Well this trail lived up to it reputation of being a climber's hiking trail. The trail starts climbing as soon as you leave the rail head and has very few grade reversals until you reach the last bit of trail by the lake. I encountered snow at about 4400 feet with the lake being covered and running water revealing snow up to at least 12 feet deep. I encountered no down tree but there maybe some under a fresh avalanche towards the top.


6/1/2003
1

Definitely a hard hike. Don't go if you have bad knees.



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