Hurricane Hill via Hurricane Ridge

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Olympic National Park

Hurricane Hill via Hurricane Ridge is a 3.1 mile heavily 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: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 797 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

Note: As of August 2019, Hurricane Ridge will be under construction and only be open on specific dates. Please check with the park page for information/updates. Please note: The road to the trailhead is closed to cars after the Visitor Center but is accessible by walking down Hurricane Ridge Road. The hike from the Visitor Center to the trailhead is about 1.7 miles on the paved road. Located in beautiful Port Angeles in northwestern Washington State, The Hurricane Hill Nature trail begins 1.5 miles beyond the Hurricane Ridge Visitor's Center in Olympic National Park. This paved trail climbs to a panoramic view of the Olympic Range, Puget Sound and Vancouver Island. This is one of the most easily accessed mountain areas and best places in the park to view the Olympic Marmot. Hurricane Ridge Road is open from mid-May through October and the hiking trail is usually snow free from July through September. The ridge is open to skiing during the winter months.The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is a great place to stop to view exhibits or talk with National Park Service Rangers. There is also a gift shop with a snack bar for hungry hikers. The first quarter mile of the trail is wheelchair accessible with assistance.

27 days ago

road to get to trail is closed

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing Mountain View in all directions. Just do it.

Made it .5 miles on the actual trail. Still worth it. Beautiful views!

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snow
3 months ago

Winter hike: went over this last weekend- lots of snow! Sadly some fog too but the views of vistas and occasional mountain peaks was absolutely worth it. Roads were well maintained, just use caution if there is a lot of snow on top. Rocks and branches were seen on parts of the road. Visitor center was cozy and informative, worth a stop!

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snow
3 months ago

Beautiful for snowshoeing! Roads were well maintained. Get there early on the weekends if you don’t want to wait at the gate. We arrived around 11:00 and had to wait for the morning crowd to exit the park. It’s a 6 mile snowshoe pretty easy hike with the elevation gain around the 2.5 mile mark. Microspikes sufficed. The views are uncanny! Kids friendly, even if you decide not to go up the hill you’ll still have gorgeous lookout points.

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icy
snow
3 months ago

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icy
no shade
snow
3 months ago

Good snow pack today. I hiked in micro spikes with trekking poles. Due to the snow, the route to Hurricane Hill is right around 3 miles from the visitors center, so 6 total out and back, not 3.1 like AllTrails lists. It was GORGEOUS and totally worth the hike. Some steep sections. About 2.5 miles in you will find great sections to branch off for xcountry ski adventures, if that’s your thing. Get there early, it will be crowded. Road opened at 8am today, gift shop where snow shoes and other gear can be rented opens at 10am. Decent prices for a national park concession stand and rental center. Very friendly and helpful staff.

3 months ago

did a couple years ago. good hike. little to steep for kids. beautiful views at the top.

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icy
snow
4 months ago

Snowshoed from visitor center 2/1/20. It was snowing fairly hard. Took the closed road from visitor center to the trailhead which is about 1.7 miles. Could only go about 1/2 mile past the parking lot at the end of the road (which is where the actual Hurricane Hill trailhead starts) due to steep drop-offs and knee deep snow. Still an incredible little trek.

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snow
5 months ago

Only recorded half the hike, forgot to unpause the tracker on the way back. So so beautiful, clear most of the time.

Couldn’t see anything from the top because of the fog, but the views on the way up were beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

We did this hike on 11/17 and it was great! Visibility was poor on the drive to the trailhead, but the views were awesome once we got high enough in elevation. No snow on the trail. Dress in layers as it was windy during some parts of the hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail beautiful views. Easy parking very little wind. No services at the top, bring your own everything. Recently groomed trail was easy, have been on a lot worse National Park trails.

6 months ago

So the weather was perfect, the scenery in the distance impressive, but it's basically a gravel path. Maybe when the grass and flowers aren't dead it's prettier....

Awesome.

Beautiful day! Some clouds and fog below but once above was clear and warmed up fast.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail with spectacular water views from the top! Arrived around 9:30AM and we were one of the only cars in the parking lot. The beginning starts off pretty slow and steady with the switch backs coming toward the very end. Could not have asked for better weather for the end of October. Bundled up at the beginning and slowly shed layers as we warmed up. Highly highly recommend especially on a bright, clear day like today

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snow
7 months ago

I did this hike early in the morning during a moderate snowfall. The trail itself is in terrific condition, and was gradually getting covered with a thin layer of snow as I hiked. Didn’t see another person on the trail until I returned to the parking lot where a ranger was waiting by my car. He said they were closing hurricane ridge road due to the snow storm getting worse. I was lucky to sneak this in! Since there were white out conditions I didn’t get to see the views, but can imagine they’re pretty remarkable.

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7 months ago

Sunrise Sunday morning was unbelievable we were on the trail from 6:45am until exiting around 9:30am without seeing anyone.

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7 months ago

This trail was the HIGHLIGHT of our trip to Olympic National Park. It was just breathtaking and really well-maintained. Make sure you go when the weather is good, to really fully enjoy the epic vistas! Be prepared to encounter some swarms of flying ants (believe it was flying ants) they didn't bite, but it was a little difficult at times when you would walk through a swarm of them. We saw a Black Bear coming back in the CAR ride down the mountain after the hike lol thank goodness not while we were out on the trail exposed. But, DO THIS HIKE!!! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! BRING LOTS OF BATTERY IN YOUR CAMERAS AND PHONE you will take way too many pictures lol And be prepared that the switchbacks going up the hill are definitely moderate (Intermediate) for most people, so wear good hiking/tennis shoes and bring water. Although 1.6 miles seems short, as you get out there, it seems longer, although totally worth it, but you will enjoy yourself more if prepared for a Hike.... not a stroll. HAPPY HIKING!!

hiking
snow
8 months ago

Went the day after it snowed, the views were possibly the best I’ve ever seen. Definitely recommend this hike!

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty simple hike with beautiful vistas! Clouds can cover much of the view, so be aware of that so you’re not disappointed. 54 degrees in PA and 39 on top of the mountain - we didn’t prepare for that! Would gladly go again.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike. Check to make sure the trail is open the day you plan to hike it.

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8 months ago

Stunning views even on a docked in cloudy day! Worth the hike.

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9 months ago

Stunning views of the Olympics! Breathtaking trail. steady incline on wide gravel path. Get there early for best parking otherwise you may be searching for spots on edge of the road.

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no shade
9 months ago

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