Hurricane Hill Trail

MODERATE 142 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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21 hours ago

My Fiance and I hiked this trail on June 19, 2017. The drive up was a little scary, only because of parts of it you will be driving on the side of a mountain. But it was very beautiful with plenty of overlooks. The scariest part is when you reach the Hurricane Ridge visitors center bc you cant really see the turn so it looks like you are going to drive off the mountain but no worries you are then in a huge parking lot. We did not see them but as your diving up look into the park, a couple of people we spoke with saw two sets of bears with cubs. The hike had its steep parts then flat and it goes back and forth. There were also plenty of deer, no bears. They did not care that there were people walking on this trail, they walked pretty close to us along the trail. They leave you alone and don't look for food like the deer on Long Island do. We made it most of the way up, but did not go all the way bc parts of the trail were covered in snow. This place will always be dear to me bc my boyfriend proposed to me while overlooking the mountains. So it's defiantly an idea for all of you guys.

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3 days ago

beautiful views, snow covered portions easy to pass, very popular trail so we had to park further away

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4 days ago

Loved this hike. The drive up to the trailhead is incredible, too. I saw marmots and deer, snow and views of the water and snow-capped mountains. The sign said the trail was 20% snow covered. There was snow, but it was easy enough to walk on. It's a short trail, but fairly steep for beginner hikers. I recommend this trail very highly.

hiking
5 days ago

The drive up was beautiful and the hike was even better. Even though it was cloudy the view was still fantastic. I recommend this hike 100%.

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6 days ago

Awesome trail that's pretty quick with great views. Saw elk and marmot on the hike. Even with some snow on the trail definitely worth the hike. Views of the Olympic mountains are unrivaled.

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11 days ago

Gorgeous views and not too difficult. Great intro to the Olympic Mountains!

11 days ago

Gorgeous hike. First experience with seeing Olympic marmots.

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1 month ago

Went hiking when it was snowing and it was absolutely beautiful. The sun broke through a few times and didn't realize how high up I was. Exhilarating.

1 month ago

Loved this hike! We had to snowshoe portions of it, which was great fun! the combination of snow covered mountains and greenery was spectacular. We pretty much had the hill to ourselves due to the snowpack, which was fine by kellyraebaker! Absolutely stunning views!

1 month ago

Great hike, still a lot of snow on the trail w/ a dangerous cornice edge. May 5th 2017.