The best section is Heather Park, and Klahane Ridge, these sections offer the most gentle grades of the run, and the most stunning views.
Steep, long up, and be prepared for a knee pounding downhill. Not runnable in the snow.
The trail starts in what I call "dead forest," forest with little or no undergrowth. You'll be on the route up by taking the Lake Angeles Trail
and will complete the route clockwise. At the start, you're greeted by Ennis Creek along which an abundance of life forms go about their business. Be careful on the first bridge, because the scenery is distractingly amazing. After a while, it turns to a quieter tableau of evergreens, who keep you company on your way to the lake.
There is nothing too steep or scrambly, and the smooth trail makes for moderate running. Just be mindful of the other trail users. The trail climbs through the same forest type for about 5 miles and you'll pass Lake Angeles on your left.
Here you can stop to take a dip in the lake, or swim out to the island. After another short climb on the Klahhane Ridge Trail
, you'll emerges in Heather Park.
Stunning views, exposed rock, and craggy ridges await. The trail follows the impressive Klahhane Ridgeline skirting cliffs and ledges. Marvel at the incredible 360-degree views of the entire Olympic Peninsula. (Mount Baker to the east, Strait of Juan de Fuca & Vancouver Island to the north, Elk Mountain to the south)
On the way back down, take the Heather Park Trail
. This will be a long descent, and be prepared for a strenuous downhill.
Marmots, goats, and deer near the top.