Happy Lake Ridge Trail

View From Happy Lake Ridge
View From Happy Lake Ridge

Jim Patterson

Trail Conditions
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Description

Ecosystem type: Montane forest, subalpine meadow, subalpine forest
Trail tread types: Primitive
General elevation trend: Moderate to steep
Unique features: River
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 9.5 miles
Elevation change: 1,300 feet to 5,409 feet
Best Season: July through October

 

Camping

Permits/Reservations: For the most up to date information on permits click here.
Food Storage Method: Bear canisters are required where food cannot be hung at least 12 feet high and 10 feet out from the nearest tree trunk.
Campsites: Anywhere off of vegetation and 200 feet from water sources.
Toilet Facilities: None. Bury waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: Much of the Happy Lake Ridge trail lacks water sources, so fill up at Happy Lake or other nearby streams when possible. Always boil, filter, or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent Giardia.
Stock: Allowed. See Stock Use for regulations.

 

Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace during your stay to protect vegetation and other park resources. Camp in established sites or on bare ground.
Campfires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are prohibited above 3,500 feet. Where fires are allowed, leave no trace of your fire ring. Burn dead and down wood only.
Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage, and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day. Bear canisters are recommended in this area.

 

Safety

  • Always carry the 10 Essentials: map, compass, flashlight, knife, matches, nylon cord, extra food and water, and rain gear with warm clothes.
  • Map & compass navigation skills may be necessary in places along this trail. Snow may cover higher reaches of this trail in any season, so know how to navigate without a trail for guidance.
  • Let someone know where and when you are taking your hike. Make emergency plans for them to follow if you do not return.
  • Watch the weather before and during your hike. Storms move quickly. Whiteouts are sudden. Read the weather forecasts, but remember to read the weather in front of your eyes.
 

Last updated: September 7, 2021

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Port Angeles, WA 98362

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