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Klahhane Ridge

Parent Category: Hiking
in North
Created: 21 July 2014
Location: Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park
Roundtrip of the trail: 5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 6046 ft.
GPS Coordinates: 47°59'13.6"N 123°27'39.2"W
Season: All year round

Photo from Olympic Peninsula, Klahhane RidgePictures below will take you on a virtual tour along the hike, enjoy the wildlife and gourgeous scenery!


 Klahhane Ridge is located to the south of Port Angeles near Hurricane Ridge. This ridge can be accessed by different hiking trails that offer perfect views of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Photo from Olympic Peninsula, Klahhane Ridge

The word “Klahhane” is a Chinook word, which means "outdoors."

To be more concrete, the Klahhane Ridge is accessible by four different ways: from the north – the heather Park Trail and the Lake Angeles Trail, from the south – the Switchback Trail and from the west via the Sunrise Ridge Trail.

The Switchback Trail is considered to be the shortest but the steepest among these four ways. Be prepared that the trail ascends 1500 feet in 1.5 miles.

Photo from Olympic Peninsula, Klahhane Ridge

Hikers recommend taking an early start if you do not want to be stuck in the midday heat. This steep trail provides gorgeous views of the Vancouver Island’s summits and the peaks of the Olympic Mountains.

In about 0.6 miles, you come to a junction with the Mount Angles Trail. Here you are to turn left and follow the trail. Sometimes hikers may encounter bears. Sunrise Ridge Trail leads you through beautiful and full of summer flowers alpine meadows. From this trail hikers will surely see the Klahhane Ridge.

The second junction on your way will be at Victor Pass. From here hikers should take the right trail if they want to reach the Klahhane Ridge, or the left trail if they want to go to heather Park. Keep in mind that the trail that leads to the park is usually covered with snow till the middle of summer.

Photo from Olympic Peninsula, Klahhane Ridge

The views from the Klahhan Ridge are spectacular, including Vancouver Island, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Elk Mountain and the Grand Ridge, beautiful Cox Valley and Mount Cameron.


From Port Angeles

Leave US 101 and continue on Race Street to Hurricane Ridge Road. Pass the Olympic National Park Visitors Center and Wilderness Information Center. In winter, park here.

In summer, follow the signs and drive to the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center and continue on Hurricane Hill Road till the trailhead parking lot for the Switchback trail on the north side of the road.

These pictures were taken on June 10, 2014

In order to get the directions click on the link below:

Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Pavlo Petryshyn

Information: Marina Petrova

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