Heather Park Trail
ElevationAscent: 4,426' 1,349 m
Descent: -392' -119 m
High: 5,883' 1,793 m
Low: 1,848' 563 m
GradeAvg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 48% (25°)
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“This demanding run supplies spectacular views in abundance.”— Megan W
Continue steeply up the hillside eventually contouring around the southeastern side of First Top. Here the forest becomes sparser and the views greatly improve. An arduous set of sharp switchbacks deposits you at the ridge just north of Heather Park camp. The camp is situated in lovely meadows below rugged Second Top. Many folks think the views from First Top surpass the views from Second Top.
Continue southwards, just to the west below the crest over more moderate terrain. Cross over the ridge at a saddle and head down a number of steep switchbacks. Now on the eastern side of Mount Angeles, cross through a snowy cirque and climb the last steep pitch to the ridge. The Heather Park trail ends here at the junction between the Klahhane Ridge Trail to the east and the Switchback Trail to the west.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Olympic National Park