Hurricane Hill via Hurricane Ridge
Hurricane Hill via Hurricane Ridge is a perfect hike for beginners, families with kids, strollers, and hikers using wheelchairs, who can enjoy the first quarter mile. This 5.5 km route is paved and extremely easy to follow, allowing you to simply enjoy the expansive views. When it comes to views versus effort, this is an excellent payoff. With a rolling blanket of mountains stretched out before you, you’ll see why this hike is used by so many adventurers every year. It’s a great way to soak up the beauty of the Olympics without needing to work too hard, and the location makes it easily accessible from Port Angeles. Oh, and don’t worry- there are usually no hurricanes here.
The road to the trailhead is subject to seasonal closures, so make sure you check the status before planning a winter trip. The ridge is open for skiing in the snowy season.
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Route Description for Hurricane Hill via Hurricane Ridge
When it comes to effort to reward ratio, the hike to Hurricane Hill via Hurricane Ridge is a top contender. Easily accessible from Port Angeles (under an hour’s drive) and easy enough for young kids, beginners, and those with some mobility limitations, this is a fabulous trail to take with the whole family or when you just want the views without the effort.
If you can, we recommend planning this hike for a clear day. Of course, this isn’t always possible, but it’ll give you the most expansive views from the top.
The ridge is normally free of snow from about June through September, and it’s used for skiing in the wintertime. Make sure you check the status of the access road before coming down in the wintertime, as it’s subject to seasonal closures.
Park near the end of Hurricane Ridge Road. If you’re here early, you can park closer to the trailhead. If the trailhead parking is full, there are more spots near the visitor center. The trail begins 2.4 km past the visitor’s center. The path is paved and very easy to follow but could be slick in the wintertime or shoulder season. The elevation gain is very gradual and moderate, so you likely won’t need to huff and puff at any point.
The views unfold before you like a scene in a movie. While they’re great any time, we especially love this hike in the autumn when the trees begin to turn gold and red. Watch for deer in the trees as you slowly climb. There are benches along the trail if you need to stop and rest for a moment.
Mount Olympus, Puget Sound, and Vancouver Island are all visible on a clear day. Look over the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Elwha River Valley. You might even be able to spot some mountain goats roaming about.
At the top of the trail, find a big rock to sit on and take it all in. When you’re ready to return, you’ll simply retrace your steps back to the parking lot. We recommend stopping by the visitor center before you go to learn more about this area.
Mount Olympus is the tallest mountain in the Olympic Range, towering 2,432 m above the earth. This mountain is the feature of Olympic National Park, and of course, the namesake. It’s visible from Hurricane Hill.
Strait of Juan de Fuca
The Strait of Juan de Fuca holds the international boundary between Canada and the United States, separating British Columbia and Washington. This body of water serves as the outlet of the Salish Sea.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is Hurricane Ridge open to the public?
The ridge is open daily in the summer and Saturdays and Sundays when the access road is open during the remainder of the year.
How much does it cost to go to Hurricane Ridge?
The park fees may change year to year, but you’ll need to pay entrance to Olympic National Park.
How long does it take to hike Hurricane Hill?
The hike takes about three hours on average.
Insider Hints for Hurricane Hill via Hurricane Ridge
- Don’t forget your National Park Pass for this hike.
- Try going in the early morning or midweek for the quietest trail.
Getting to the Hurricane Hill via Hurricane Ridge Trailhead
The trailhead for Hurricane Hill via Hurricane Ridge is at the end of Hurricane Ridge Road. There is parking here.
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