Hurricane Hill Trail

MODERATE 268 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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7 days ago

Steeper than I had imagined and fairly open with little tree cover/shade. views of the opposite mountain ranges were great, and once at the top, you could see the Sound and Vancouver Island on a clear day. I found it interesting that the deer there are very social and meander among the hikers at the top, calmly munching on leaves and grasses. Keep a respectful distance and don't feed them. There are many social trails at the top, making it easy to take in the views from many angles.

8 days ago

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8 days ago

Beautiful trail with stunning mountain views. There was still snow on the mountain tops in July 2017. The best part of the park and it was fairly kid and elderly friendly.

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15 days ago

Beautiful views. Much of the path is paved. Not too long. Incline is challenging but not too difficult. Actually saw a ram near the top of the trail. Make sure to stop at the visitor center, go in the back and take in the view there as well. Great idea to take a picnic lunch to eat at the visitor center overlook.

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22 days ago

Great views the entire time but it was pretty similar to the views you can get from the visitor center. I did see a lot of wildlife though and that made this trail worth it! We saw deer, marmots, blue grouse, chipmunks and plenty of birds of different colors and kinds.

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24 days ago

Nice little uphill hike straight to the top! Beautiful all the way to the top and breath taking when you reach the top! Must do if you're in the area for sure

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25 days ago

Amazing scenery.

30 days ago

Great trail and views, but, be ready to climb!