Hurricane Ridge Winter Timelapse Video

An entire winter's worth of screen shots (141 pictures) from the Hurricane Ridge webcam in Olympic National Park
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This video by Exotic Hikes complies an entire winter's worth of screen shots (141 pictures) from the Hurricane Ridge webcam in Olympic National Park into one video. It encompasses shots from September 2013 to June 2014.

What started out as an unusually dry winter saw feet of snow falling daily in March and April, giving the park a normal year's worth of snow in just two months.



Sept 26th 2013: Video Starts
Sept 28th 2013: First Snow
October 1st, 2013: Government shutdown starts
October 4th, 2013: First snow melt off
October 11th, 2013: No Snow
October 13th, 2013: Couple Bikes to Hurricane Ridge despite government shutdown, I catch them with the screenshot
October 17th, 2013: Government Shutdown ends
October 25th, 2013: Fog Rolls in
October 27th, 2013: Snow returns
October 31st, 2013: Second Snow Melt off
November 2nd, 2013: Snow Returns
November 13th, 2013: Third Snow Melt off
November 14th, 2013: Snow Returns
December 4th, 2013: Snow Reaches Raining
December 24th, 2013: Beautiful Sunset with valley full of fog
December 31st, 2013: Grass visible on hill
January 4th, 2014: NPS Service Employees start leaving the light on in the lodge
January 7th, 2014: Snow Returns
January 10th, 2014: Drifts start to form over the picnic tables
January 15th, 2014: Lights still left on
January 25th, 2014: Fourth snow melt, grass visible
January 29th, 2014: Snow returns
February 9th, 2014: First MAJOR Snow
February 15th, 2014: Picnic tables buried, not visible
February 16th, 2014 to April 28th, 2014: Winter is here
April 29th, 2014: Snow starts to melt
May 11th, 2014: Grass become visible
May 19th, 2014: Picnic tables are snow free
June 7th, 2014: No snow


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

Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

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.

Mural-clad Feiro Marine Life Center building on the Port Angeles Mural Trail

Port Angeles Near Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park

The largest city on the Olympic Peninsula and a short scenic drive to Hurricane Ridge mountain trails in the national park.

Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge. Photo by NPS

Winter in Olympic National Park

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!

Rainbow over Hood Canal

Average Weather for Olympic National Park

In summer, highs are around 65 to 75°F; weather is often sunny from July through September. In winter, heavy snow accumulates in the mountains.

The sun breaks through storm clouds on Second Beach in Olympic National Park.

Mules Help With Weather Experiment in Olympic National Park

The Olympic Mountains Experiment (OLYMPEX) measures precipitation and help NASA fine-tune new weather satellites. Mules get the equipment into remote areas.

The interior of the remodeled Hoh Visitor Center. Photo by NPS

Entrance Fees and Where to Get Your Park Pass for Olympic National Park

Hoping to take a hike along Hurricane Ridge? Don’t forget the entrance fee to Olympic National Park..

Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Ski and Snowboard at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

It's 1 of only 3 national parks in the U.S. with a ski lift. Go snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing at Hurricane Ridge.

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park

Visitor Centers in Olympic National Park

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

Obstruction Road in Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge to Obstruction Point Scenic Drive

An 8-mile dirt road from Hurricane Ridge to Obstruction Point has the most beautiful views if you dare to make the drive.