Lake of the Angels

Cupped in a high cirque on snowy, craggy Mount Skokomish, Lake of the Angels in the Valley of Heaven is one of the prettiest alpine lakes in the Olympics. But reaching this divine destination first requires a passage through hell. The trail was laid out by climbers-it's brutally steep and requires use of hands in one short section going over a headwall. It's not dangerous, but hikers skittish on ledges may want to opt for another trail. For those who work hard to get to this celestial setting, expect one of the most dramatic backdrops in the Olympics as your reward.

Location:
Putvin Trail (#813)
Olympics -- East
Statistics:
Roundtrip- 8.0 miles
Elevation Gain- 3400 ft
Highest Point- 4950 ft
Difficulty: 5
Green Trails The Brothers No. 168 and Mt Steel No. 167
Directions:
From Hoodsport travel US 101 north for 14 miles. At milepost 318 turn left (west) onto the Hamma Hamma River Road (Forest Road 25). Continue for 12 miles (the first 7.5 miles of which is paved) to the trailhead.
From Day hiking Olympic Peninsula by Craig Romano
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  • Lena

    Guys, I was reading a hiking book and realized what the goats wanted. According to the boock, they still hiking boots! :)

    August 12, 2013

  • Richard

    CRUD!!!! I only have email at work........... didn't get notice till MONDAY!

    August 12, 2013

    • Teresa

      I thought you were out hiking somewhere else! Missed you - if you have not done this hike, it is well worth the pain!

      August 12, 2013

    • Lucia C C.

      Richard, you missed an awesome uphill workout!

      August 12, 2013

  • Bill V

    Lake of the Angels destination is awesome! Trail from park boundary to the lake is very steep and hazardous. Kudos to my hiking partners for completing this trek.

    August 12, 2013

  • Lena

    What a challenging hike! My first scrambling attempt and goat attack :)

    August 11, 2013

  • Lucia C C.

    Oh it was awesome uphill workout! I even saw the famous Oly Goats! Thank you Teresa for hosting this great hike! We had such a great fun group!

    August 11, 2013

  • Teresa

    It is a climb (to say the least), to get to the Lake of the Angels. The grueling trek is well worth it! The lake was serene and the mountain goats - they were spectacular! What a hike!

    August 11, 2013

  • Bill V

    From Top Foods, it will take an hour and a half to get to the TH. 59 miles. Tomorrow's forecast - high of 75 degrees, partly cloudy. Good hiking weather.

    1 · August 10, 2013

    • Teresa

      Thank you for the update!

      August 10, 2013

  • Teresa

    I am still waiting for Leigh, Kyle and Allie2 to acknowledge that they have read and understand the Guidelines. If you do not do this before tomorrows hike, I am sorry, but you cannot attend. Please do this, as I do not want you to miss this hike!!

    August 10, 2013

  • azar

    Hi, I need a carpool from Olympia

    August 9, 2013

    • Teresa

      Azar - You can ride with me. Let me know!

      August 10, 2013

    • azar

      see you at 7 a.m.

      August 10, 2013

  • Lena

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, if anyone joining from Bellevue -Kirkland area, can I get a ride from Kingsgate P&R in Kirkland? Will share the gas:)

    August 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If no one is coming from Eastside, can someone pick me up in DT Seattle area? I can be at Downtown near Westlake Center at 6:20am.

      August 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Will join you next time!

      August 10, 2013

  • Teresa

    I will be meeting at the Olympia Top Foods. I can take 3 people with me, if anyone wants to carpool. Please let me know who is mtg. where, so I can keep track. I am looking forward to a fun day of hiking!

    August 6, 2013

    • Bill V

      Yes, 3rd Shelton exit at the top of the hill, stay in the right lane.

      August 9, 2013

    • Teresa

      I will see you in the morning! Nice to hike with you today!

      August 10, 2013

  • Mischellean

    Getting home way too late. See ya all next week!

    August 10, 2013

  • Allison

    Sadly, I have to miss this one - have fun!

    August 10, 2013

  • Deborah

    Sorry this is last minute. I have family matters to take care of.

    August 10, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Allie2, Kara, and Leigh if you still intend to hike on Sunday please acknowledge that you have read and will abide by the guidelines. If you do not reply or change your RSVP to no by Saturday at 3pm, I will be removing you from this hike. Thanks!

    August 9, 2013

  • Teresa

    I need for Kara, Allison, Allie 2 and Leigh, to all acknowledge that they have read the guidelines and abide by them - before we hike on Sun.. Thank you!!

    August 9, 2013

  • Teresa

    I just want to make sure, that everyone on this hike, is mtg. at the trailhead? I have only heard from Christie who is mtg me in Olympia. My cell phone # is[masked]-8535. I just don't want to leave anyone behind.

    August 9, 2013

  • T.-

    :(

    August 7, 2013

  • Dave P.

    Have to work. I was really looking forward to this hike.
    Bonnie hope your knee is better!

    August 7, 2013

  • Lucia C C.

    Hello! I am coming from Lakewood, does anyone wants to carpool from 512 P&R? meet at 0625?

    August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey I made it . Now I have to make it into a hike . Have fun!

      August 5, 2013

  • Bonnie

    PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN MEETING PLACE. Hikers coming from Tacoma can always meet up at the 512 park-n-ride then meet the rest of the group at the Top Food/Pier 1 location (at 7am) or the trailhead (not sure how long it takes to get to trailhead). Just let Teresa know where you plan to meet the group. Thank you!!

    August 5, 2013

  • azar

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I read the guidelines and will abide by them.

    August 5, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Since I hurt my knee on the last hike, Teresa has graciously volunteered to host this event. I will be up dating the carpool info soon. Thank you!

    August 5, 2013

  • Dave P.

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines.

    August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ended up having to work

    August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Need carpool from downtown Seattle, anyone?

    July 19, 2013

  • Scooter

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines.

    March 27, 2013

  • Christie

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines.

    March 27, 2013

  • Mischellean

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines.

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines.

    March 27, 2013

  • T.-

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines.

    March 27, 2013

  • Bill V

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines.

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i will follow rules

    March 27, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Thanks Lucia and Allison for reminding me of the guidelines!
    To all who sign up for this hike, please read the guidelines on the discussion board and then acknowledge that you have read them and will abide by them. Thank you!

    1 · March 26, 2013

  • Allison

    I will bring the 10 essentials and follow the guidelines. I've been wanting to do this hike for years!

    March 26, 2013

  • Lucia C C.

    I will bring my 10 essential and follow the rules/guidelines.

    March 26, 2013

  • Lucia C C.

    Hi! I will bring my 10 essentials and my MOFA skills!! I am looking forward this trip!

    March 26, 2013

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