Hurricane Ridge
Hurricane Ridge
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At an elevation of 4,242 feet, Hurricane Ridge is one of the most easily accessible and scenic areas in Olympic National Park. Get a free map from the rangers at the National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, before making the scenic 18-mile drive up Hurricane Ridge Road. Here, you can spot Mount Olympus from the viewing patio next to the carpark, and embark on multiple trails like the Hurricane Hill Trail which has amazing views of the ridge. There’s snow up here until early fall, so travelers can have the chance to go tubing, snowboarding, or skiing, even in summer. You can join a guided tour of Olympic National Park to make sure you don't miss any of the best sights. – Tripadvisor
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  • LLiberty
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Views but plan to arrive EARLY!
    This is a spectacular Hike but also very popular. You should plan to be a the park as early as possible. Especially now since the visitor center burned down, the park is severely limiting the number of cars allowed per day. The trail is easy to follow for any physical level. The path is paved and mostly smooth. The hike is uphill but there are benches all along the way you can stop and rest and enjoy the glorious views while you catch your breath. The park has lots of wild life including chipmunks and Marmots. Another recommendation would be to park near or in the lot with the Port'a'Potty. There is not a Port A Potty in the lot nearest the trail head to the park. There is a path through the trees down to the lot with the potties but is .08 miles there and then .08 miles back each time you need to go. And with NO visitor center there are no other restrooms in this area of the park. This was one of my absolute favorite hikes in Olympic National Park. I highly recommend this to everyone's agenda! Stunning Views!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 July 2023
  • FasteddieAZ
    Mesa, Arizona115 contributions
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    Stunning scenery. GO EARKY.
    First if all, GO EARLY. Limited parking fills up fast. The snowcapped Olympic range and colorful mountain meadows are amazing. Hiking trails easy to difficult. Words or pictures cannot adequately describe the beauty of this place.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • JENNIFER T
    Grand Junction, Colorado732 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hurricane Hill Nature Trail
    This trail is a bit milder than some of the others. The trailhead is past the main parking lot at the end of the road. If full there are a couple of overflow parking lots just down the road. The trail goes on about 7 miles down to Elwha but I believe that they consider the nature trail is 1.5 mile out (3 miles RT). To that point (observation point) rates about 655 ft of elevation gain but the last 0.5 miles is rather step. You can easily turn around before that last bit. There are some nice benches along the way to rest and enjoy the fabulous view for miles and miles. Are are out on the rim but not to a scary extent so you can see both side of the view or basically a 360 view. The trail is paved the entire way but given the incline I would not suggest for wheel chairs or anyone not in reasonable shape.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Shelly
    Dallas, Georgia56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hurricane Hill Trail hike
    We enjoyed the Hurricane Hill Trail. Luckily, on the way up, the clouds were still high enough that we could see the mountains. We were not able to get that amazing distance view, but it was a beautiful hike. The top is “windy”. We were glad that we dressed accordingly and had hats for that hurricane force wind. By the time we were hiking down, the clouds really rolled in, so no more mountain tops, but lovely colors and conifers to view.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 October 2023
  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, California641 contributions
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    Nice jaunt to Hurricane Hill
    This is a fairly easy hike with beautiful views of the Olympic Mountains throughout. At the summit, you can see all the way to Vancouver Island, but be ready for some serious wind. Be sure to arrive early; I parked at 7:15 and there were a good number of spots still available.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,813 contributions
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    Favorite Part of Olympic NP, DON'T MISS
    Olympic NP is amazing with so many different things to do, forest, beaches, lakes and mountains. However, for me, this was my favorite place to visit in Olympic, simply amazing. We hiked here on our last morning of the group trip. We awoke disappointed to thick fog in Port Angeles at our hotel; however, once we got above 150', the sun broke through for the most amazing day in the mountains. We did rise early and were on the road by 6:45 as parking at Hurricane Ridge is limited since the fire. We were able to hike some around the old VC and still get a parking place at HR. However, it filled up soon after we began our hike. The hike here is amazing. As the name implies, you are hiking the bald ridge tops of the mountains above the thick tree line. You will have amazing views in any directions, south into the mountains, west towards Mount Olympus and north across a fog covered Strait of Juan de Fuca towards Canada. We visited in early September, but there was a frost on the ground at the top and the tops around Olympus still had glaciated snow. However, the sun was bright and quickly warmed the mountain tops. We did have a great visit with a couple of deer along the trail early and a grouse on our return. While there were plenty of others around, I don't remember ever feeling crowded. The hike was amazing all the way up and not bad, 3.4 miles roundtrip and 826 vertical feet which were most noticeable as you reach the top above the tree line. Reaching the top provided the most amazing views both of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It was such an incredible experience to see it covered in fog below but still be able to see Vancouver Island and Victoria. It was so incredible that it was my favorite thing we did in Olympic. DON'T MISS.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 December 2023
  • samchari
    Dallas, Texas93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Panoramic View
    As a traveler with my family, our visit to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park was truly unforgettable. The panoramic views were breathtaking, offering a stunning backdrop for our family photos. We enjoyed exploring the diverse landscapes, from subalpine meadows to lush forests, on the well-maintained trails suitable for all ages. During the winter, the ridge transformed into a snowy paradise, perfect for skiing and snowboarding, providing endless fun for our adventurous family. In the summer, the wildflower blooms added a colorful touch to the scenery, creating picture-perfect moments.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 March 2024
  • cohoman
    Sammamish, Washington2,366 contributions
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    Great View
    My family drove up to Hurricane Ridge the first day they opened in 2024 (March 29), and it was a beautiful day! The snow was cleared from the parking lot and they had two temporary trailer buildings setup as restrooms and a ranger info station. Great views of the snow covered trees. We had some clouds roll in that hid the view of the valley below, but after about 30 mins those clouds blew right through. On the drive back down the hill, we saw several deer all along the road.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 March 2024
  • limerboy1
    Pembroke Pines, Florida28 contributions
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    Doable, but have to be a confident driver. Terrific views.
    We drove along this ridge top road in a regular 2-wheel drive sedan. I was skeptical about it as the very first part of the road is a STEEP gradient off the main Mount Angeles road. Thereafter the road frequently runs right along the edge of the drop with no guardrails, so you can't scared of heights. Having said that it you drive with usual care it's quite doable. Go slow as the dirt road is narrow, and on the few occasions we met a car coming in the opposite direction we had to carefully pass each other-again not too hard. Gorgeous views with alpine meadows close at hand and snowcapped mountains in the distance. At least when we went you had to start up the mountain early as they were severely restricting the number of visitors due to fire having badly damaged the facilities at the top of Mount Angeles.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 May 2024
  • Tammy T
    San Jose, California257 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit on a clear day!
    We arrived around 8:30 am on a weekday in May from Port Angeles, was one of the few cars in the parking lot. I didn't find the drive up Hurricane Ridge to be overly concerning or scary. Yes, some parts are steep and there are a few sections with no guardrails, but the roads are wide enough that if you drive at their recommended speed limit, you'll be fine. I'd also recommend visiting on a clear day, as I can imagine the driving situation to be sketchier if there was heavy fog or downpour rain. If you want to make the commitment to drive up (it takes about 40+ mins), I'd recommend taking a peek at the Hurricane Ridge webcam on the NPS website to check weather conditions and your potential view. There's even a webcam for their parking lot so you can anticipate how busy it is. There are restrooms and pleasant walking trails. We visited right before memorial day, some portions of the trail still had snow, and overall it was beautiful. We made a few stops at various viewing points on the way down.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 May 2024
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Tammy T
San Jose, CA257 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We arrived around 8:30 am on a weekday in May from Port Angeles, was one of the few cars in the parking lot. I didn't find the drive up Hurricane Ridge to be overly concerning or scary. Yes, some parts are steep and there are a few sections with no guardrails, but the roads are wide enough that if you drive at their recommended speed limit, you'll be fine. I'd also recommend visiting on a clear day, as I can imagine the driving situation to be sketchier if there was heavy fog or downpour rain. If you want to make the commitment to drive up (it takes about 40+ mins), I'd recommend taking a peek at the Hurricane Ridge webcam on the NPS website to check weather conditions and your potential view. There's even a webcam for their parking lot so you can anticipate how busy it is. There are restrooms and pleasant walking trails. We visited right before memorial day, some portions of the trail still had snow, and overall it was beautiful. We made a few stops at various viewing points on the way down.
Written 28 May 2024
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD2,538 contributions
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Sept 2020
This was our first stop as we were visiting Olympic National Park. It is a long, slow drive up the visitor's center. As the visitor's center parking was nearly full, they were slowing us up at the entrance which made the wait about 30 minutes. The view from the visitor's center offers you stunning views of the Olympic mountain range. Restrooms and gift shop were open at the visitor's center.
Written 7 September 2020
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Carrie D.
Cleveland, OH2,295 contributions
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Aug 2020
Hurricane Ridge was our first stop on our few days at Olympic National Park and we arrived in the late afternoon. We were thrilled that the gift shop was actually open (as so many in our national parks aren't yet). We shopped a bit and hiked a few of the shorter trails. It was incredible that from one area of the park you could see mountains and glaciers on one side and gorgeous views of the Strait Juan de Fuca on the other. We saw lots of wildlife, including a ton of deer and a few marmots, which was exciting! The deer weren't scared at all and wandered right into the parking lots and mingled with the cars. Even the drive up to the top were beautiful!
Written 6 September 2020
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Karim Maarouf
Cairo, Egypt862 contributions
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Sept 2022
One of the highlights at Olympic National Park. We did the hurricane hill trail which provides excellent views of the ridge. The trail is uphill but is completely paved so it's not too difficult. There are amazing views of the ridge and on a clear day you can see the city of Port Angeles and beyond that to Canada. There are also marmots and deer you can spot along the trail.
Written 24 September 2022
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dreamspeaker
Middleton, WI542 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Family
Hurricane ridge is awesome. It's a high point where you can view the tops of the other mountains around, and on a clear day, you can see all the way to Puget Sound. It's gorgeous out here, lots of alpine flowers, and we saw deer, bald eagles, and a marmot on our hike. We did the easy meadows hike but then veered off onto the High Ridge hike as well, which was more challenging. The altitude did impact my ability to catch my breath when hiking up hills so be aware of that and rest frequently.
This place draws long lines during most of the day. They say to arrive early before 10 am or after 3 pm (but the visitor center closes at 4 pm, so if you don't have your park pass, that's a pretty tight window). The other option is to take the shuttle, which I highly recommend. Our family took the shuttle from the Gateway Transit Center in Port Angeles, which was $1 per person per direction (so $2 for the round trip). The shuttle bypasses entry lines because it doesn't have to park or wait for a parking spot. We passed 70 cars in the shuttle at 11 am. Information and schedule can be found on the Olympic National Park web site under Hurricane Ridge, or in the Port Angeles visitor center.
Written 30 June 2024
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,813 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Olympic NP is amazing with so many different things to do, forest, beaches, lakes and mountains. However, for me, this was my favorite place to visit in Olympic, simply amazing. We hiked here on our last morning of the group trip. We awoke disappointed to thick fog in Port Angeles at our hotel; however, once we got above 150', the sun broke through for the most amazing day in the mountains.

We did rise early and were on the road by 6:45 as parking at Hurricane Ridge is limited since the fire. We were able to hike some around the old VC and still get a parking place at HR. However, it filled up soon after we began our hike. The hike here is amazing. As the name implies, you are hiking the bald ridge tops of the mountains above the thick tree line. You will have amazing views in any directions, south into the mountains, west towards Mount Olympus and north across a fog covered Strait of Juan de Fuca towards Canada.

We visited in early September, but there was a frost on the ground at the top and the tops around Olympus still had glaciated snow. However, the sun was bright and quickly warmed the mountain tops. We did have a great visit with a couple of deer along the trail early and a grouse on our return. While there were plenty of others around, I don't remember ever feeling crowded. The hike was amazing all the way up and not bad, 3.4 miles roundtrip and 826 vertical feet which were most noticeable as you reach the top above the tree line.

Reaching the top provided the most amazing views both of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It was such an incredible experience to see it covered in fog below but still be able to see Vancouver Island and Victoria. It was so incredible that it was my favorite thing we did in Olympic. DON'T MISS.
Written 27 December 2023
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Rajagopal S
Edison, NJ3,278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Went in early august and it’s just awesomeeeeeeee.. fantastic views and amazing nature . It can get a bit cold up there , even in peak summers. . There is a good cafe and a visitor center on top of this mountain. Really awesome place .

Drive up wasn’t that bad . Just drive slow in turns . Lots of view points before you end up in hurricane ridge . Loved the clouds and the whole thing was so photogenic … there were some small trails to get better views but we stayed right next to the visitor center to take tons of pics ! Well worth it . Loved it . Thumbs up 👍
Written 8 August 2022
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Julien M
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Travelled far to get there only to find d out that the park had reached its daily limit of 375 cars. The daily limit is usually reached at 10 am forest ranger Jane-doe told us. We only wanted to drive up to the top to take a photo as there is nothingbup there to do. The center at the top burned down so there are no washrooms or food or drink available. It would have been nice if the park rangers could figure out how to advertise tgat there park closes down to the public around 10am each day. Extremely disappointed to have traveled all the way there to be rejected at the gate. Its unfortunate they cant figure out how to keep the park open to everyone while they rebuild washrooms. That is alotvof revenue that they are losingveach day. Revenue tgat could be used to fund the building of new washrooms. Too bad no one in charge can figure that out. We will not be returning and we will be sure to share this terrible experience with everyone we know.
Written 7 August 2023
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Vacationnthree
352 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Worth going to! The hike up the trail isn't too steep (if I can do it, most likely you can too). While we were on top of the first ridge my phone "Welcomed me to Canada". Lol. That's right! You can see Canada from the top of the trail.
The visitor center has a little place to grab a drink and snacks. Plus some very nice souvenirs and gifts. There are plenty of sitting areas outside where you can just enjoy the view and have a snack!
While we were there, they were only letting a limited amount of people inside the building (due to Covid) we didn't have to wait long to get in.
Written 25 June 2021
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We spent a few days visiting Olympic National Park and came to Hurricane Ridge on Friday 7/30. The NPS website has a webcam which shows the weather at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.

There were 2 trails we did in the area:

Hurricane Hill Trail to Hurricane Ridge - this trail STARTS at the very small Hurricane Hill parking lot. I would say there are no more than 30 spots. We arrived at 9 am and literally squeezed ourselves into the last spot.

The trail is paved. It is 3.2 miles round trip with 826 feet elevation gain. We reached the top after 1 hour and 15 minutes and it is an uphill climb with very little shade. At the top, interestingly, I got a text welcoming me to Canada!

All throughout the trail, you are awarded spectacular views of Olympic National Park. By far, my favorite hike in the entire park. The views were AMAZING! We stopped for photos along the way. The entire hike took us 2 hours.

High Ridge Trail to Sunrise Point - this trail STARTS at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. It is .9 miles roundtrip loop. We started this trail around 11: 30 am and finished around noon. Again, it is very little shade at Sunrise Point and it gets hot.

Also, the Visitor Center has flushing toilets. At the time of visit, masks were required.
Written 20 August 2021
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