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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 Please read our guidelines for participation (found on the discussion board) and acknowledge that you have read these guidelines and will abide by them. Thanks.


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