Klahhane Ridge

Port Angeles, Washington

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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.

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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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Port Angeles
Distance: 5.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Mid-June to October
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

Klahhane Ridge Reviews

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8/14/2010
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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7/4/2009
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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