Mount Angeles is the highest peak in the Hurricane Ridge region, and it is easily identifiable from the Port Angeles area. Bagging the summit is a tad strenuous and requires a bit of technical scrambling, but the 6,454-foot peak is also one of the easiest in the area to access thanks to the the Hurricane Ridge Road. The summit is also a terrific way to escape some of the crowded visitor areas of the ridge and take in some magnificent panoramic views of the interior Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
There are a few primary routes to begin the ascent: one begins from a steep switchback trail located at the pull-out parking lot near mile 15 on Hurricane Ridge Road, and another is via the Klahhane Ridge Trail from the Hurricane Ridge visitor center. This adventure covers the former, which involves approximately 1,000 feet of additional climbing and approximately 2 miles less total distance. The route selection is a matter of personal preference, and both provide stunning scenery. Alternatively, one could opt for a route beginning at one and ending at the other, but this requires additional transportation logistics.
The Switchback Trail ascends nearly 1,000 feet in under 1 mile before linking up with the Klahane Ridge Trail. Traveling west on this trail for a half mile will bring hikers to a sharp spur trail heading north to the Mount Angeles summit. This trail quickly climbs toward the summit before giving way to an unmarked technical scramble. Many routes can be used to reach the summit, and the choice is left to the discretion of the individual. Those attempting to summit should plan on traversing a Class 3 scramble at a minimum.
Given the relative ease of access, abundant wildflowers, wildlife viewing, and expansive views of majestic peaks and waterways, this is adventure is an underrated must-do for any outdoor enthusiast visiting the Olympic Peninsula.