Klahhane Ridge Trail

Olympic National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain3,087ft
Trailhead Elevation5,884ft
Elevation Min/Max4281/6056ft
Elevation Start/End5884/5884ft

Klahhane Ridge Trail

Klahhane Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 5,884 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,087 feet. This trail connects with the following: Switchback Trail, Heather Park Trail and Lake Angeles Trail.

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Snowshoe Routes: Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"Klahhane Ridge towers over Hurricane Ridge Road, providing outstanding views of Mount Angeles and the long sweep of Hurricane Ridge. The trail climbs steeply, but once the work is done, snowshoers can trek along the long ridge stretching between Mount Angeles and Rocky Peak."
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"Of the four ways to reach the rugged, rocky, and wide-open Klahhane Ridge, the Switchback Trail is the shortest. Ascending 1400 feet in 1.5 miles, this direct approach wastes no time ruthlessly reaching the high ridge crest. This south-facing ascent guarantees an early-season entry into the high country but also exposes you to plenty of direct sunlight. Pack extra water and sunscreen. And don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers—they’re profuse. Mountain goats frequent this area too, especially the ridge’s high crags. Dogs are prohibited."

Klahhane Ridge Trail Trip Reports

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I hiked the Klahhane Ridge Trail to the Switchback Trail, then picked up the Heather Trail toward the visitor center. It was a warm and sunny day in late September. Moderate hike. Some of the paths along Klahhane are narrow with loose rocks. Tread carefully and enjoy the fantastic views.
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Spectacular views! Very nice day hike! Better to get here via the switchback trail rather than the one from the visitors center. It's much shorter and not too steep. The views along the way are awesome too.

However, be aware of the dusty dusty trail, and wear black socks if you don't want your white socks to get stained by the red dust like mine!
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The view from the top is definitely worth the hard work. We saw some Olympic Marmots as well as Mountain Goats along the trail. We did not start at the Switchback Trailhead but rather started from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center making about a 3.8mile trip total. This had us intersect the switchback trail for the last mile of the trip that ascended about 800ft in elevation. It was a hot day making it even tougher. Parts of it are kind of steep.

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Trail Information

Olympic National Park
Nearby City
Olympic National Park
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Views, Wildflowers
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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