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

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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.

14 days ago

This is a great trail to just take in views of the surrounding areas. Although there were definitely others when we went around mid morning on a Sunday, it didn’t really feel too crowded. You are definitely climbing a little but there is nothing too steep. The path is wide and even, which makes it easier. The views of the surrounding mountains and of the water are spectacular. You have many opportunities along the trail to see so many beautiful things. Would definitely do this again and definitely do it mid morning or earlier since it looked like it got cloudier as the day progressed.

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27 days ago

Terrific views of majestic mountain ranges along most of the trail. Worth the 17-mile winding road up.

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1 month ago

Beautiful views from the beginning. I felt a little guilty I drove up the mountain to get to this trailhead at the top- I like
hiking the whole mountain for the payoff- but drive provided beautiful views. Saw deer and lots of sweeping vistas. Easy hike, lots of views.

1 month ago

Unexpectedly sunny day in early October! Beautiful visibility and evidence of early snowfall made parts of the trail a little slick. Still well rated as moderate. We went along the ridge out to the peak and I would have liked to have my tracking poles. Views you would need to backpack a few days for in other mountain ranges!

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1 month ago

Great views! Saw Olympic marmot, deer, and Gray Jays. Hiked with Dad and brother Thomas. (This was Aug 19, 2014. Just catching up on AllTrails here.)

2 months ago

Came here on 09/08 a little later in the afternoon. The sun was out as we started our drive up but was getting cloudy as we approached the top. As a result we didn’t get to see the Mountain View’s as the visibility was very low. Also the Hurricane Hill trail was closed which was a surprise and a bummer since when we paid to get in at the beginning of this road they mentioned Hoh Rainforest being closed but not this (Why bring up a closure on the other side of the park but not the one we are headed to??). There was a short .5 loop hike we did on a ridge that begins at the start of the right side of the parking lot called High Ridge Trail. It was nice but started to get slippery and windy and cold by the time we finished. We should have tried to go the next morning as it seemed a bit clearer from Port Angeles but that’s a long drive both ways and it didn’t seem worth it with no guarantee of sunshine/visibility. Moral of the story make sure you check on trail closures and don’t attempt this if the weather isn’t great. Will be much better off in a lower elevation hike where visibility isn’t an issue like in the clouds. Maybe again some day we will get to see it all.

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2 months ago

Lots of people today on a holiday weekend. (This was Aug. 31st) Saw many deer, marmots, and chipmunks. Easy walk. Wide and flat trail. Had to Parking Lot A as Lot B was full. Work still closes the lot nearest the TH.

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2 months ago

Deservingly the #1 trail of the park. The drive up to Hurricane Ridge is gorgeous in itself but this trail takes things to a whole other level. You walk along a mountain ridge that has stunning snowcapped mountains on one side and a cloudy forest on the other. And the views just keep getting better as you climb up. The smokey clouds around you give it an otherworldly feeling.

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2 months ago

Cool but casual hike. Nice view even when smokey.

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2 months ago

Great views - but almost didn't take this hike after arriving at the Hurricane Hill visitor center and feeling the cold, blowing wind there (hence the name). But after getting to the trailhead I found the trail wasn't as windy.
Best part, aside of the great view, was seeing a bear take a dip in the pond on the northside valley while we were on top of Hurricane Hill. Cool to see - glad it was way down in the pond to be admired from a safe distance. Dozens of other people were on this trial - it's a busy place.

2 months ago

While the views of the Olympic mountains and the ease of the hike were beautiful, we found this trail to be very crowded. We’d do it again regardless! We saw marmots, grouse and chipmunks. We also got to see a few black tail deer very close up. The signs warn you to stay 50 ft away, but the deer had other ideas and weren’t afraid of us at all, approaching us on the trail. We tried hard to follow the rules but without getting far off the trail wasn’t quite possible.

The hike was easy for the most part. The hike to the peak is a little more challenging, but easily done with two young teens setting a quick pace. We found the path easy to follow and easy to pass others.

2 months ago

Great hike! Moderate is the perfect description for this, you do gain elevation but it is manageable and the trail is well maintained. Parking lot was full so I had to park one lot further back and hike a bit further but totally worth it!

Saw half a dozen deer at the top grazing. Also saw a marmot on the way up.

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2 months ago

short delay getting up due to construction.
road closed 1/4 mile from trail head but overflow parking was open.

great views on the trail the last part is steep with switch backs and killed my calves lol. a lot of birds to check out also.

one thing i noticed that deeply depressed me before the hike was a huge lack of ranger presence and people walking on the meadows and FEEDING THE WILDLIFE!!! terrible. its such an amazing place and to see all of that just kills me inside

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2 months ago

Check the road closure schedule as they are working on the only road in and out of Hurricane Ridge from Port Angeles. We were lucky the road was opened back up on our last day in Port Angeles. They are still doing a lot of construction and it took about 40 mins of sitting in the car to actually get up the road to the Ranger Station and to park the car. We drove down to Picnic Area B and were able to find parking. From there we hiked .5 mile to the trail head. The trail is all uphill but not steep until the last part. I agree that the views on the way are better than at the top. There was still smoke lingering from the fires but this was actually one of the better days while we there. Took us about 1.5 hours to get (with picture taking) and about 50 minutes to get down.

3 months ago

With the fire going on, there's too much smoke. And no shade. Good workout, but mediocre Vista. I'm sure it's splendid when visibility is good.

3 months ago

It is definitely a moderate trail...some really steep hills . I personally thought the view while walking was better than the water view at the top. We saw a deer as well when we reached at the top.
The trails that branch off at the top are kinda nice.
Would suggest to go on a clear day...60F and sunny will feel very very hot while walking.

3 months ago

Great hike for all skill levels. very rewarding view at the top. plenty of other trails branch off from the main trail to turn a few miles into a few days in the Olympics.

3 months ago

I came here twice. Once in the afternoon and another time in the morning to catch the sunrise. You could see cascade mountains on one side and Victoria, B.C on the other side. The hike is very easy and paved. There is only 1 part of the hike that has a steeper incline. It takes about 45 mins from the trailhead to the peak. It was definitely a nice hike, but not the best Olympic has to offer.

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3 months ago

Beautiful views the entire way up! Loved this hike!

3 months ago

great hike, slightly challenging for us older folks, but well worth the effort. Views are spectacular and wildlife did not disappoint. Not a lot of shade and it was a sunny warm day, so bring sunscreen and of course water. Enjoy the hike.

3 months ago

Wow! This trail was amazing. It was more difficult than expected.... straight incline pretty much the whole way up and because it’s mostly above the tree line it got pretty hot with no shade. But it was worth it! The views were amazing and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. We saw a marmot, but that was really the only wildlife. It’s a mile and a half past the Hurricane Ridge visitor center and we made the mistake of parking there and walking down to the trail head. The guy at the visitor center said there wouldn’t be any parking and acted like it was no biggee to just walk to the trailhead, but it’s a steep decline there and felt even steeper coming back on a curvy road and no shoulder or sidewalks, so it was a little nerve wracking. So... advice... try the trailhead parking lots first and if there isn’t any parking, park at the visitor center as a last resort. Otherwise, it was really beautiful!

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3 months ago

Awesome trail. Beautiful views. It was a bit intense for our 4 and 2 year old (carried them a fair amount) but our 6 year old was a total champ.

3 months ago

hiked this trail yesterday evening. the trail was well maintained, there was so much wildlife we saw deer, marmots, mountain goats, and multiple grouse with chicks. the trail was worth the leg burn.

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3 months ago

Visited on the first day being open during the temp construction closure periods. Friends and I camped the night before at Heart o the Hills so it made an early arrival that much easier. Also it helped that we are from the east coast and all woke up at 5am local time with no alarm clock.
Upon arrival we drove past the visitor center right to the picnic area parking and then walked to the trail head. Once on the trail it was easy to follow with almost no way to get off course. The ascent was easier than I had expected with only a few steep spots. We encountered many deer on the trail easily in a arms reach. Some were so close the thought of being gored by a deer entered my head. Fortunately that didnt happen. Needless to say the views are stunning the entire way. At Hurricane Hill we saw (what are labeled in the visitor center as) mountain beavers. From the approach to the hilltop these things would stick their heads up and then duck down again. They are elusive animals but dont leave your stuff unattended. I felt like they were a pack of velociraptors. The leader would stand up right in front of us a few yards away as a distraction. Meanwhile it would send its subordinates around the sides to go steal our stuff or eat us. But we lived. We had the entire trail to ourselves for about 30 min after we hit Hurricane Hill. Once we spotted some others heading up we moved on down the trail. A short while later there was a snowbank. Being from FL it was amazing even though it was hard, compact, and somewhat dirty. The clouds were stuck down in the valley maybe around the 3000 ft area. Not sure how it normally is but we had clear visibility for as far as you could see but only the mountains poked up through the sea of clouds. Would do this trail again in a heartbeat. What a treasure that has preserved for all to see.

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3 months ago

This trail was everything I hoped it would be! Sufficiently challenging for our fitness level with so much beauty all around as we hiked toward the top & amazing views when we arrived at the top! We saw deer along the way, a mountain goat & some sooty grouse. We were fortunate that the trail happen to be open the days we were there, as it was closed before & after our visit.

3 months ago

My family and I were finally fortunate enough to enjoy Hurricane Ridge 20July2018. Boy did it not disappoint. SPECTACULAR views from everywhere. We arrived Friday evening (8 p.m. ish) planning to Watch the sunset. The place was pretty deserted by then which was nice to see. were able to park at the picnic area closest to thr trail. Trail is mostly paved and in great condition. Almost walked into a doe hiding behind some trees and later had to basically walk around a big buck who was on thr trail. Also spotted 2 black bears near the top. One was lower in a valley and the other came from a treeline up top. The bear at the top actually crossed the trail and caused a few other hikers to stop in their tracks while he/she meandered through. They said it was not aggressive at all. After all that excitement we stuck around and watched a beautiful sunset. Hiked down in near dark which I wouldn't recommend unless you're carrying a gun and headlamps/ flashlights (we had both). My only regret is not sticking around longer to watch the stars. We've hiked MANY trails in the Cascades and Olympics and this one ranks towards the top. Especially when you factor in convenience and ease of hike. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!! saw 2 black bear, 2 buck, 3 doe, 3 marmot and a few chipmunk ; )

3 months ago

great hike! go early it gets very crowded...

3 months ago

Got there at 6pm so no issues with construction delays! Passed a few people that were coming down while we were going up but it was not crowded at all. Absolutely stunning views almost the whole time. Pretty easy path to follow-not too difficult to get all the way up. Only difficulty comes with change in elevation. Several deer that got close enough to almost touch! Saw one marmot and a glimpse of a bear in the distance! A lot of the trail is in direct sunlight which could be hot/require sunscreen at a different time in the day.
Overall, hiking perfection!

4 months ago

Beautiful panoramic scene at the top

4 months ago

Amazing hike with lots of wildlife and great panoramic views at the top.

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