Happy Lake Ridge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 6.1 miles long and begins at 1,727 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,443 feet.
Happy Lake Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This loop ties together two backcountry lakes: one popular, one quiet and remote. En route you’ll travel through a popular valley graced by a rushing creek, cool plunge pools, hot springs, and big trees. And you’ll traverse a lonesome high ridge that weaves through heather parklands and sun-kissed meadows offering spectacular views of peaks near and far. This trip offers a lot of contrasts, tying together one of the busiest and one of the quietest trails within Olympic National Park."
--Craig Romano, Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes (The Mountaineers Books).
"You may have a hard time staying jovial on your way to Happy Lake. Reaching this subalpine lake requires a stiff climb up a high dry ridge. But once you crest Happy Lake Ridge, a smile is sure to come to your sweaty face.
Open forest, quiet meadows, and heather parklands grace the way. Enjoy breathtaking views, too, of the sweeping Elwha Valley and the impressive Bailey Range.
Dogs are prohibited."
--Craig Romano, Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books).
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