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Hurricane Hill via Hurricane Ridge

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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 May 2019, Hurricane Ridge will be under construction and only be open on specific dates. Trail Closed Trail Open Wed., May 1 – Wed., May 8 Thurs., May 9 - Tues., May 14 Wed., May 15 - Wed., May 22 Thurs., May 23 – Tues., May 28 Wed., May 29 - Wed., June 5 Schedule to be determined 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.

hiking
5 days ago

FYI closed July 5-20 but would check the NPS website for updates on closures

hiking
10 days ago

We loved this trail and highly recommend it to everyone visiting Olympic national park. The visitor center also has great views and you don’t need to hike for long on this trail to get views of the mountains. The path is well paved too. Hike is easy/moderate and great for all levels

hiking
10 days ago

Gorgeous views. Drive up and see a great view or venture off on the trails and get close with the wildlife. The trails are easy and I’m not much of a hiker.

hiking
13 days ago

Quite a few areas with great near-panoramic views. Scenic the entire way.

hiking
no shade
21 days ago

one of my all time favorite afternoon hikes. Saw some mountain goats just cruising along. Not very shaded especially on the steeper parts.

hiking
no shade
26 days ago

For the views you get you really don’t have to work that hard. Hard hike views for easy to moderate hiking.

1 month ago

Great trail, should be starting point to investigate this National Park.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
snow
1 month ago

So glad I ended up doing this Trail, regardless of the fog here and there the views were something else ! Def would this Trail again. Some snow patches but nothing too bad.

2 months ago

Closed 5/16/19 for some kind of construction

hiking
2 months ago

Now The trail is a small dirt road. The ridge trail which borders the road is closed due to erosion and small alpine flowers, etc. still great views on top. Short walk 3 mile, it’s a quick hike for the best views on the peninsula!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great and easy sunset hike, and just beautiful. Few snow patches but nothing too bad that you cant maneuver over. Note that there is construction on the trail and trail is closed some weekends this summer, we lucked out that it wasnt closed this weekend.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked April 27 weekend. 1.5mi hike to the trail head as the road was closed. Another 1.5mi from trail head to the top of Hurricane hill. Crampons made it easy on 2 sections of ice which otherwise would have been very slippery. It was a clear day and views were great but it was cold and windy.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is closed until May 9.We were able hike down to the picnic area on the way to the trailhead.Very pretty but definitely disappointed.

2 months ago

Hiked it April 29th...Icy morning.....Sunny, big snow on the trail..Walked the 1.7 miles from Hurricane Ridge to trailhead in running shoes....Hiked the 1.5 in vortex hiking boots....wet snow some mud but not too bad going to the hilltop...coming down snow was melting fast...felt like an avalanche could happen hiking the snowy ridgelines...great views..fun hike, but bring the right gear....trekking poles and plenty of water.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Great views and workout! Took us somewhere between 3.5 and 4 hours in hiking boots. Snow isn’t powdery and if you stick to the footsteps, snowshoes aren’t needed this time of the year. Took right at a bifurcation and the same the way back- the other side(right as observed on the way back) looked very steep and was probably the one other hikes warned about. What we did was not lacking adventures- they were some steep snow scrambles and a lot of climbing of gravel towards the end. The road is still closed so that adds about 3 miles of hiking. Great bay views from a viewpoint on the right and even better ones from the top- you can spot Edis hook in Port Angeles, Victoria BC and beyond. Of course the Olympic ranges follow you around and there are many 360 degrees sweeping views of the park.

2 months ago

The trail was snow covered but there were footprints in the snow so it is still easy to follow. The panoramic views you get at the end of the trail were absolutely beautiful

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

I hiked this trail almost 10 years ago, on a clear and beautiful summer day. My family and I came across this hike due to our visit to Winthrop, Washington ( we were visiting other family at the time ). Beautiful trail and the scenery was gorgeous. Strongly recommended.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Hiked 4/20/19 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 and is a decreased in elevation. The trail itself is still covered in snow. We hiked the trail by following the footsteps from previous hikers. There were several paths created by hikers/snowshoers and skiers because of this we had to backtrack a few times to switch to an easier/safer path. Although the snow is starting to melt we did not hit any icy patches. The path we took had small peaks and valleys in terms of elevation changes. The last portion cut straight up a steep incline to get to the top and was a combination of snow and mossy gravel. There were skiers that took a route to the left and came back across to where we climbed up. Overall from the Visitor Center to the top of Hurricane Hill took 2hr 17min with stops along the way for pictures. We spent 20 mins at the top taking in the views before heading back down. The hike back down took roughly 1hr 20min including backtracking. The hike was well worth the views we got to see. We were lucky and had great visibility. On the way down we attempted to follow the path that runs along the right side of the ridge (followed a skier) instead of taking the path we took in on the left and ended up backtracking for safety. The path on the right became an extremely steep ridge side covered in snow. We felt with one wrong step we would be slipping down the steep mountain side especially since the melting snow was unpredictable.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
3 months ago

This is a beautiful hike! The road is currently closed to vehicles past the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center, but is open to pedestrians. The walk from the visitors center to the trailhead is about a mile. The road is plowed, but there is some snow/ice across the road due to melting and refreeze. The trailhead marker is not visible, but begins at the avalanche area warning sign at the end of the trailhead parking lot. The entire trail is covered in inches/feet of snow, so you will need good boots! At the base of the hill, you will need to go right to scramble up the rocky face of the summit. Going to the left is the summer route that takes you the long way around the back of the summit, but is not recommended for the winter/spring, due to unstable/avalanche conditions. Be sure to follow the path of those before you to avoid snow holes and bridge collapses. Despite the closures and detours, this hike is incredible, and the views are absolutely worth the effort!

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