“1 of America's best scenic drives”
It is the most easily accessed mountain area within Olympic National Park. In clear weather, fantastic views can be enjoyed throughout the year. Hurricane Ridge is located 17 miles south of Port Angeles on Hurricane Ridge Road, off Mount Angeles Road. The road is open throughout summer. During the winter season, the road is scheduled to be open from 9:00 a.m. until dusk, Friday through Sunday, holiday Mondays, and additional days during the Christmas holiday, weather and road conditions permitting. All vehicles must carry tire chains during the winter season. Make sure to check the status of the road before coming. The nearest campground to Hurricane Ridge is Heart O' the Hills, 12 miles north of Hurricane Ridge, between Port Angeles and the Ridge. Open year-round, Heart O' the Hills has 105 campsites in the old-growth forest. The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is a great place to start. Located just before the end of the road, stop here for brochures, maps, snacks, and tips regarding your stay. It is open daily in the summer, and whenever Hurricane Ridge Road is open during the remainder of the year. Hurricane Ridge has a number of hiking trails, from ridgetop traverses to steep trails that descend to subalpine lakes and valleys. Obstruction Point Road (weather and snow permitting, open from July 4 through October 15), branches off right before the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, and provides access to a variety of trails as well. Hurricane Ridge can be enjoyed throughout the year. During the winter months, snow enthusiasts enjoy the winter scenery, along with snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sledding. Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered on the weekends and are a popular way to explore and learn about the Ridge's winter environment. Weather permitting, the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club operates two rope tows and a Poma lift.
Bit of road construction going on as of late May 2018, but nothing major. Didn't have time to stay and hike, although Hurricane Hill looked great. Drive was really not as windy or as narrow as I feared. Oh, and be on the lookout for wildlife. I saw a bear and it was really neat!
We missed our ferry to Victoria and had time to kill til the next one. I see it as a happy accident because we wouldn't have driven to Hurricane Ridge otherwise. It's worth it
Spectacular views of the mountains to the South and San Juan de Fuca to the north. Take the easy trails -- we saw deer and marmots.
Our family really enjoyed Hurricane Ridge! There certainly was plenty of snow up there. While planning our trip, we were intending to do the cool trails out to the Sunrise View Point, but the snow was too deep and you would need snow shoes during this time of year (March). After talking with the park rangers, the area is converted into a skiing area during the winter months. They did advise you could do parts of some trails, but it would be difficult. The views were breathtaking at the top. ***DO NOT*** get discouraged while driving to the top if it is foggy down below. You will drive through fog and eventually it clears up at the top. The park rangers are extremely friendly and helpful inside of the building at the top. The hot chocolate was fantastic! Lastly, this area is very cold and windy. Dress accordingly. Your hands will freeze without gloves. Enjoy!
Only one more weekend for winter skiing at Hurricane Ridge.
Reopens on April 30th for summer season
Beautiful drive up to a beautiful area! We saw deer and marmots on the trails and really enjoyed the sights!
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Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center
- Tue: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
- Sun, Mon, Wed - Sat: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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