Hurricane Hill Trail

MODERATE 226 reviews
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Hurricane Hill Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Port Angeles, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
912 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The trail is located near Port Angeles, WA. It begins 1.5 miles beyond the Hurricane Ridge visitor's center at the end of the road. The trail is usually snow free from July through September. One of the best places in Olympic National Park to see the Olympic marmot. Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center has exhibits, orientation movie and restrooms year-round. The information desk is staffed in summer and weekends late December to late March. Ranger programs are offered late June to September. A gift shop with snack bar is open mid May to late September and weekends mid December to late March. In winter, the gift shop has snowshoe and ski rentals. The Hurricane Ridge Road is open 24 hours a day from mid May into October. The rest of the year it opens (weather permitting) primarily on weekends. Call 360-565-3131 for a 24-hour road and weather recording. Paved trail climbs to a panoramic view of mountains and saltwater. The first 0.25 miles is wheelchair accessible with assistance. With views of the Olympic Range, Puget Sound, and Vancouver Island, this hike is one to remember. Hurricane Hill provides a quick hike out from the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center to a small summit with 360deg panoramic views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Range, and Vancouver Island. As with seemingly any alpine hike, watch out for the rodents. The chipmunks and ground squirrels here are bold, climbing onto and into any pack left unattended. The other common rodent, the marmot, is also present - though less demanding. You can often find them sunning themselves on rocks or packing away grass and plant material for nests and food over the winter. Occasionally, you'll run across other wildlife, such as chukkar partridges and deer.

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3 days ago

Beautiful views. Ample and leisurely summit, with lots of photo opportunity and a variety of views. On one end, there's a small footpath that leads to a massive glacier and open sandy area, with views of the Olympics. On the other end is Vancouver Island and Mt Baker.

Easy trail, winding path up to the peak. Do this if you're in Olympic National Park!

4 days ago

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4 days ago

Went a bit farther down at the end to a hidden snow bank today. Awesome views

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5 days ago

Really nice hike with great views the entire time! Pretty busy trail, but worth it for such a good view of the mountains. Loved it!

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9 days ago

We were there on Aug 9 and the smoke was so bad that the views were awful. We couldn't see anything. It was a well maintained trail and pretty busy. It gets steep at times so if you have poles, I recommend bringing them!

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10 days ago

Amazing view at the summit starting from the Hurricane Ridge visitor centre. You can see Vancouver island on a sunny and clear day. The hike is very hot, no shades and no breeze either (when we went). Make sure to bring your sun hat and lots of water. Going down only took us 35 minutes and going up probably 1.5 hours since we kept stopping to take pictures and of course for water break and rest. Definitely worth it!

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14 days ago

We took 3 kids up, aged 9, 7, and 3. The two older kids did great, and the 3 year old did it herself but it took us a LONG time, mainly due to how steep it is. Views were spectacular from the top (even with the haze from the forest fires north of us) and we even found a patch of snow. There is almost no shade, so I recommend sunscreen and plenty of water - there was a good breeze but it was still hot.

16 days ago

Hot in the summer!

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