Location: Olympic National Park, Port Angeles
Roundtrip: 3.2 miles
Gain: 650 ft.
The Hurricane Ridge area played a huge role in inspiring this website. There are a great number of easy to moderate trails with expansive views of some of the most beautiful mountains in Washington state. Hurricane Hill is no exception. If you have the stamina it’s a must see when visiting the ridge.
There are three parking areas on the access road between the Hurricane Ridge Ranger Station and the trailhead. Two of which are specifically designated as picnic areas (as well as overflow parking).
Don’t let the signs that say “Not recommended for RVs or Buses” scare you off (unless, of course, you actually have an RV or bus). The access road is paved the entire way and passable by any passenger car or truck.
A great many people enjoy this trail, and a great number of them don’t expect quite the climb it actually ends up being. If you’re in great shape it won’t pose a problem, but if you’re more like us you may have to take it a bit slow. No worries though, you can absolutely make it!
This trail is an out-and-back style. If you’re super adventurous and have the stamina you can certainly add on the Little River or Elwha Ranger Station trails. They are much more strenuous though, so make sure to do a little research before planning on that!
Are There Toilets? : Yes! There are flush toilets available at all of the parking areas.
How about Picnic Tables? : Oh yes, there are two picnic areas that also serve as overflow parking for the trail.
Do I Need a Parking Pass? : You will need to buy a pass at the entrance station if you do not already have a national park pass.
Are Dogs Allowed? : No. This land is part of a national park and, therefore, pets are not allowed.
Can We Camp Here? : Heart o’ the hills is a wonderful campground that’s located just past the entrance station and to the left.
When is the Best Time to Visit? : Anytime! Hurricane Ridge is open year-around (weekends only during winter).
If you’re thinking of heading up in the winter you’ll need snowshoes and tire chains. You should also take a look at the current road conditions through the Hurricane Ridge Twitter feed via this link!