Heather Park

Port Angeles, Washington

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Climb a steep ridge high on the shoulder of Mount Angeles to a prominent pinnacle known as First Top. Enjoy a first-rate panorama that reaches from snowy Mount Olympus all the way to salty Pillar Point on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. And gracing this heavenly haven on the mountain of angels are delightful rock gardens and fields of blooming heather. Divine, yes, but it’s a devil of a climb. Start hiking through a uniform forest of second-growth Douglas-firs. The original forest burned over one hundred years ago thanks to homesteaders who didn’t heed Smokey’s sound advice. Through a thick understory, the trail steadily climbs, at times steeply. At 1.5 miles, come to Halfway Rock (elev. 2900 ft), a glacial erratic marking the not-quite-midway point to Heather Park. Dogs are prohibited.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Climb a steep ridge high on the shoulder of Mount Angeles to a prominent pinnacle known as First Top. Enjoy a first-rate panorama that reaches from snowy Mount Olympus all the way to salty Pillar Point on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. And gracing this heavenly haven on the mountain of angels are delightful rock gardens and fields of blooming heather. Divine, yes, but it’s a devil of a climb.

Start hiking through a uniform forest of second-growth Douglas-firs. The original forest burned over one hundred years ago thanks to homesteaders who didn’t heed Smokey’s sound advice. Through a thick understory, the trail steadily climbs, at times steeply. At 1.5 miles,
come to Halfway Rock (elev. 2900 ft), a glacial erratic marking the not-quite-midway point to Heather Park.

Dogs are prohibited.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Port Angeles
Distance: 10 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,940 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Mid-June to November
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Views, Wildflowers
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Hurricane Ridge/Elwha North No. 134S, Custom Correct Hurricane Ridge
Driving Directions: Directions to Heather Park

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