Happy Lake Ridge Trail

Olympic National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain6,443ft
Trailhead Elevation1,727ft
Elevation Min/Max1727/5312ft
Elevation Start/End1727/1727ft

Happy Lake Ridge Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Happy Lake Ridge Trail and Happy Lake Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"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." Read more
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"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." Read more

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Trail Information

Olympic National Park
Nearby City
Olympic National Park
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information
Local Contacts
Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus No. 133S
Local Maps

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Dec 2018