Heather Park Trail

Olympic National Forest, Washington

Distance5.9mi
Elevation Gain6,469ft
Trailhead Elevation1,848ft
Top5,899ft
Elevation Min/Max1848/5899ft
Elevation Start/End1848/1848ft

Heather Park Trail

Heather Park Trail is a hiking trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest. It is 5.9 miles long and begins at 1,848 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,469 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Halfway Rock (elevation 2,844 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Switchback Trail and Klahhane Ridge Trail.

Heather Park Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

Heather Park Trail Reviews

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9/30/2018
I picked up the Heather Park Trail at the top of the Switchback Trail. My final destination was the trailhead at the Olympic Park entrance. There are two steep climbs on loose rocks to the ridge top that are challenging mostly because the trail is not marked with cairns. Because of the loose rock, it's not always obvious where others have traveled. As I dropped down into the bowl from the top of the Switchback Trail, I had good sightlines of the trail. But once I got into the bowl, I couldn't see the trail leading to the ridge. I hiked what I thought was the trail, only to find myself ankle deep in loose rocks on a steep grade. Not fun. The park service really needs to do a better job marking this section of the trail with cairns. Still, you'll enjoy spectacular views on a lightly-traveled trail. Once you cross the final ridge at the Heather Park campground, you'll descend to the park entrance via four miles of switchbacks through dense forest. I hiked this 10-mile route (from Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center to Olympic Park entrance) solo, something I wouldn't recommend for the casual hiker.
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Trail Information

Olympic National Forest
Nearby City
Olympic National Park
Parks
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Camping
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Features
Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails Hurricane Ridge/Elwha North No. 134S, Custom Correct Hurricane Ridge
Local Maps

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Nov 2018