One of the most popular trials in Olympic National Park is the Hurricane Ridge Trail. It is located near Port Angeles, WA. Hurricane Ridge is the most easily accessed mountain area within Olympic National Park. In clear weather, fantastic views can be enjoyed throughout the year. The trailhead begins 1.5 miles beyond the Hurricane Ridge visitor’s center at the end of the road. The trail is usually snow free from July through September. The trail is well maintained and the views are incredible. If you take your time, most level hikers can complete without extra effort. This is a great hike all ages.
Hurricane Ridge is located 17 miles south of Port Angeles on Hurricane Ridge Road, off Mount Angeles Road. The drive up to this trail gives amazing views of the forest and Strait of Juan de Fuca in the distance. This road takes you further into the park than any other.
The road is open throughout summer. During the winter season, the road is scheduled to be open from 9:00 a.m. until dusk, Friday through Sunday and holiday Mondays, weather and road conditions permitting. All vehicles must carry tire chains during the winter season. Make sure to check the status of the road before going.
The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is a great place to start. Located just before the end of the road, stop here for brochures, maps, snacks, and tips regarding your stay. It is open daily in the summer, and on Saturday/Sunday when the Hurricane Ridge Road is open during the remainder of the year.
Hurricane Ridge has a number of hiking trails, from ridgetop traverses to steep trails that descend to subalpine lakes and valleys. Obstruction Point Road (weather and snow permitting, open from July 4 through October 15), branches off right before the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, and provides access to a variety of trails as well.
During the spring, wildflowers cover the ground of the subalpine meadows and blacktail deer are often spotted grazing. Sunrise and sunset on a clear day provide magnificent panoramic views of the park.