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

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

By far the largest city on the Olympic Peninsula with 19,000 residents, Port Angeles, Wash., has the most hotels and restaurants of the park's gateway towns. Home to one of the deepest harbors in the world, enjoy fresh seafood and daily ferry transportation to Victoria, British Columbia. (Remember to bring your passport.)

The ferry from Victoria docking in Port Angeles at sunset

The ferry from Victoria docking in Port Angeles at sunset as seen from the pier's viewing tower

Port Angeles is just 17 miles from Hurricane Ridge in the park, which offers beautiful mountain hikes during the summer as well as peaceful snowshoe and ski trails in winter. Reaching 5,242 feet, the ridge offers incredible views on a clear day. Stop by the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center for maps, snacks and tips on where to hike or ski.

Hurricane Ridge Road.

The road to Hurricane Ridge from the national park entrance at Port Angeles

If you have a chance to dine in Port Angeles before or after your park visit, be sure to order Dungeness crab, which is harvested by local fishermen. Then talk a stroll or bike ride on the Olympic Discovery Trail, a paved 130-mile multi-use path and road along the coast with Port Angeles as a midpoint. 

Along the city pier, climb a staircase tower to see 360-degree scenic views, browse public art including a octopus made out of sea pebbles, learn about history at 12 murals on the Port Angeles Mural Trail and attend a summer event hosted by the Olympic Coast Discovery Center. 

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

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Aircraft with the Morning Sun Illuminating Their Tails at Sea-Tac Airport

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Hurricane Ridge

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Ferry to Bainbridge Island

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

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General locations of ferries to 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.