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.
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.
I had no choice but to summit the peak as my 12 year old was always about a thousand feet in front of me. DROP DEAD GORGEOUS VIEW !!! August 10th, 2001.
epic conditions...couldn't ask for a more beautiful day to snowshoe the ridge up to Hurricane Hill.
Fortunate to have clear skies and no wind...Beautiful 6 mile roundtrip snowshoe hike from the Visitor Center to the top of Hurricane Hill. Conditions were epic with great pack snow.
Stunning views from that trail. it was very windy that day but still very enjoyable.
Great hike. Very comfortable walk, beautiful views
Cadillac of trails on Hurricane Ridge .
This is not my favorite hike in Olympic National Park, but for the effort required the pay off is big in terms of scenery. Busy trail.
I don't give many 5 stars. This is my first experience in Olympic so I might be quick to offer this up but the views are really something else. Quick easy trail just past the visitor center on hurricane ridge that you might find yourself hanging around on for several hours. It is in the rain shadow so a lot drier than coastal or in the cascades.
Views of the eastern ridges and the core of Olympic. I can't say enough how spectacular the views are. Seldom don't get a trail this open and expansive with the minimal effort required. The latter might be the only downfall as there are a lot of people and you will have some trouble with the solitude a place like this requires. All said, though, if you have a couple of hours to spare and just happen to be in the extreme northwest of the US you should do this hike.
Wonderful views. There was a group of deer laying down very close to the trail near the top. This was my first time to Hurricane Ridge I am looking forward to hiking more up there someday. The paved / gravel trail is well maintained but I very much prefer a dirt trail.