Hurricane Hill via Hurricane Ridge

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Hurricane Hill via Hurricane Ridge is a 3.1 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
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
797 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
7 days ago

Still quite a bit of snow! At certain points, it complete obstructed the path, but we were able to scoot past it along the edge or climb over it. FANTASTIC views, it was truly breathtaking. A moderate hike overall, with some areas steeper than others. Pretty empty on a weekday, allowing you to stop for photos without holding up traffic. Has a paved path, so it's nice and easy. If you have a car you don't need to walk the 1.5 miles on the road, there is parking at the trailhead past the visitor's center (RVs aren't allowed on the road, but these restrictions are clearly marked.)

8 days ago

Amazingly BeAutiful... 360° view of the mountains surrounding the ridge and a bit of the waterfront view from a spectacular view at the top! a must do again♡ great company and a view I won't ever forget!!!!

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful views. Pretty easy walk. There are a couple of steep uphill parts that got a little tough but just had to take my time.

hiking
11 days ago

Absolutely breathtaking.... There’s still quite a bit of snow hanging around. We had our kids with us. If you are concerned about the trail being icy when you come to the fork in the trail about a quarter of a mile in keep to the right. Even though it may not look like it, this was the easiest path for us!

hiking
23 days ago

Most of the trail is still covered in snow. I managed to walk up with normal shoes. I parked at the visitor center and had to walk along the road until the trail head (approx 1.5 miles of paved road). Great view!

1 month ago

There is lots of snow on the trail still so be prepared. We had to hike on the road for about 1.5 mile before actually getting to the trail head. Most people had snowshoes but we went without so you could do both. It was a pretty hike with all the snow but views were minimal since it was all whited out (reason for 4 stars). Definitely will try again!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

25th March. Nice walk. Beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

You may get winded on your way up, but take your time! The views are spectacular and you may see some mountain goats. Just don't get too close!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

As those have already stated, the trail head is a mile and a half from the visitor's center where you start when snowshoeing. It wasn't overly crowded. Stunning views on a beautiful day. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Not a difficult hike at all. I did the 6 miles round trip, and it’s only 1k elevation change. The weather was amazing but they do call it hurricane ridge for a reason, it’s windy. Good amount of snow from the lodge to summit. Views are amazing, on a clear day, you can see Mt. Baker, Straight of Juan de Fuca, and awesome vistas from the Olympics. Highly recommend!!!

snowshoeing
3 months ago

This was a challenging yet doable hike for a beginner snowshoer. Amazing views made it all worth it. Just note that it is a mile and a half from the visitor center to the trail head. We did 6 miles roundtrip. Also, the road to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center was in good condition but only open Friday - Sunday in the winter 9am to 5pm. Best to get there early. We were waiting in line at the gate at 8:40am, got to the Visitor Center parking at 9:30. Started hiking at 10am and back to the car just before 2pm.

3 months ago

Easy and beautiful

hiking
3 months ago

A beginner hiker may get winded on the ascent but it is SO worth it when you get to the top. I would 100% do it again. Make sure you bring water and sunscreen. There’s very little tree coverage

walking
4 months ago

beautiful mountains and view❤️

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Beautiful!!! First snow shoe ever on 12/31. The road up was fine in my Subaru crosstrek - however the line got long quick!! Be there at 9am or before! Started near the lodge past the sledding hill... toward hurricane hill. This is the most stunning view! Made it to the end of the “road” and turned back. Didn’t wanna push it to far on my first adventure. A great first place and incredible views !!!

5 months ago

Was good bag to hike it with h snowshoes but ended up using micro spikes. A beautiful hike.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Went back in September and this hike was one of my favorites. The views at the top were amazing. If it's a hot sunny day, make sure you bring extra water because the majority of the hike has little to no shade.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

12/3

Deep snow, snowshoes would have helped. Views were spectacular. The drive was worth it. And I’ll definitely be bringing my snowboard with me next time. Tons to do.

6 months ago

Walked this in Early August, fabulous sunny day, clear to the horizons. Saw deer near the visitors center. Easy walk, amazing top of the word views.

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
7 months 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.

7 months 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.

hiking
8 months 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

8 months ago

Amazing scenery.

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

We were fortunate to get to the Ranger Station right when it opened. It was us and maybe 12 other cars at the time. When we got back from the hike the parking lot was absolutely packed. Not to mention the line to get up to Hurricane was MILES long.

Great hike with options to extend. We were fortunate enough to have a clear day with views of Canada and the Sound. Just get there early! Recommend as a must do in ONP.

hiking
8 months ago

Not so long and easy to hike, good view of Mt Olympic and sea

hiking
8 months ago

We were there in first week of August 2017 , smoke was everywhere and slightly ruined the views . But it was great hike and I have seen many wildflowers.

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