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Moose Lake

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast
47.9396, -123.4195 Map & Directions
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1,500 feet
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Hurricane Ridge will be closed to the public from 3/27 through 5/25/23.

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  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes

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A hike with great scenery in the high country of Olympic with good opportunity to see the endemic Olympic marmot and wildflowers! Continue reading

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Hiking Moose Lake

The trail to Moose Lake starts out high with spectacular views even from the often-crowded parking area. In the Olympics, it’s uncommon for hikes to mountain lakes to begin high and then drop down into subalpine valleys, but this trail does just that. This means quite a workout awaits you on the way back, so be prepared!

From the parking area, the trail follows dry and nearly treeless Lillian Ridge up and down through meadows, eventually ascending to this hike’s high point at 6,450 ft. at 1.2 miles. From here the trail turns downhill and begins a serious set of steep switchbacks through more meadows, scree, and subalpine trees.

At 3.0 miles you finally reach a lush meadow overlooking Grand Lake and in another .5 mile you come to the junction with the Badger Valley Trail, which leads to Grand Lake. To reach Moose Lake, stay right here and soon pass lovely Amaila Falls. Continue climbing steadily through the meadows and forests of Grand Valley to finally reach Moose Lake at 4.1 miles. The lake is surrounded by rocky, forested mountains and in the summer it is ringed by showy displays of subalpine flowers.

A ranger cabin here is staffed in the summertime, and camping is an option at Moose Lake. Keep in mind, however, that if you want to overnight, you'll need reservations and a backcountry permit.

Hike Description Written by
Kelsie Donleycott, WTA Correspondent

Moose Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.9396, -123.4195 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Hurricane Ridge will be closed to the public from 3/27 through 5/25/23.

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Port Angeles leave US 101 near milepost 249. Left on Race Street for 1.2 miles to Hurricane Ridge Road. Pass the Olympic National Park Visitors Center. Proceed on the Hurricane Ridge Road for almost 17.5 miles. Just before the large parking lot at Hurricane Ridge, turn on to Obstruction Point Road. Follow this narrow gravel road about 8 miles to its end.

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