Third day of exploration of Olympic National Park took us on a hike to the Klahhane Ridge. We took the switchback trail route to the ridge. We started very early in the morning. This is HIGHLY recommended, as it gets extremely hot as the day progresses, and a good majority of the hike you are not under shade. Bring more water than you think you need.
I was a little skeptical to go on this hike, as the night before Charlie read me a story about a man getting gored to death by a wild mountain goat on this trail. Needless to say, I diligently watched for wild animals the whole time.
There was only one other car in the lot when we started. The trail started out steep, but once we go to the switchback it leveled out some.
About 20 minutes into the hike, we stumbled onto a trail guide. She walked ahead of us for a good 5 minutes!
After what felt like forever, we finally made it to the top (this took just under 2 hours). The views were spectacular, as we could see Mount Olympus, Port Angeles, and even Canada! I also took some nature photos.
On the way back down was much faster, since it was all down hill. Total hike time was 3 hours, and according to Strava the round trip was 4.3 miles.