Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

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Hiking to Sunrise Point on the High Ridge Trail at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Hiking to Sunrise Point on the High Ridge Trail at Hurricane Ridge

Located at 5,242 feet in the park’s northeast corner, Hurricane Ridge is accessible by car and the quickest way to reach Olympic’s alpine zone. It's just a 17-mile drive from the Port Angeles to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center with restrooms, information desk, exhibits, movie about the park, gift shop and snack bar.

Spring through Fall on Hurricane Ridge

Hiking the Hurricane Hill Trail

Hiking the Hurricane Hill Trail

In spring and summer, the meadows are covered with wildflowers, and clear-day views of the park’s peaks are fantastic. In autumn, the grasses turn golden.

A favorite moderate hike that includes epic views of the Olympic Mountains along the way and ends with an aerial view of Port Angeles and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, is Hurricane Hill, a 3.2-mile roundtrip out and back trail. From 2018 through 2020, Hurricane Hill Trail will be intermittently closed for 10 day periods for trail renovation and non-native mountain goat relocation. Check the project progress at www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/hurricane-hill-trail-project.htm. Other easy hikes on Hurricane Ridge include the Cirque Rim (1-mile roundtrip), Big Meadow (Half-mile roundtrip) and High Ridge (1.2-mile roundtrip including spur to Sunrise Point). Consult a trail map for more challenging hikes and backpacking routes.

Winter on Hurricane Ridge

Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge is a popular spot for snowshoeing and skiing with an average of 30-35 feet of snow in the winter. It's only one of three U.S. national parks with a ski lift. There are also backcountry snowshoe and cross-country ski trails for self-guided recreation. Rent snowshoe and skis, or signup for a snowshoe ranger walk in the gift shop of the visitor center.

The winter season at Hurricane Ridge is approximately mid-December through the end of March. For the 2019-2020 season, the scheduled operating days are November 23 through March 31 with the road and visitor center closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

In winter, the road to Hurricane Ridge is only plowed Friday through Sunday and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on those days. But, temporary road closings can happen at any time dependent on snowfall. All vehicles are required to carry tire chains and must be below the Heart O' the Hills entrance station by 5 p.m. during the winter season. Check current road conditions by calling (360) 565-3131, on Twitter @HRWinterAccess or online at www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/current-road-conditions.htm.

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Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

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This park is in the northwest corner of the United States in Washington state on the Olympic Peninsula. It contains Pacific Ocean beaches and mountains.

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The park’s wild coastline features both easy-access beaches and remote wilderness. Camp on the beaches year-round.

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park

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There are three visitor centers and multiple ranger stations in Olympic National Park. See exhibits and learn about the park.

Park visitors get advice, permits, bear cans and maps from rangers at the Port Angeles Visitor Center near the Hurricane Ridge Entrance Station

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Accessed via US 101, which circles the peninsula, Olympic National Park has many entry points. Here are the six most popular.

Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge. Photo by NPS

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The park is open 24-hours year round. Some roads, campgrounds and other facilities close during the winter season, but the park itself is always open!

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Olympic National Park contains four distinct and remarkable ecosystems—and even better, it’s possible to see all four in one day.