Hurricane Ridge
Hurricane Ridge
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At an elevation of 4,242 feet, Hurricane Ridge is one of the most easily accessible and scenic areas in Olympic National Park. Get a free map from the rangers at the National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, before making the scenic 18-mile drive up Hurricane Ridge Road. Here, you can spot Mount Olympus from the viewing patio next to the carpark, and embark on multiple trails like the Hurricane Hill Trail which has amazing views of the ridge. There’s snow up here until early fall, so travelers can have the chance to go tubing, snowboarding, or skiing, even in summer. You can join a guided tour of Olympic National Park to make sure you don't miss any of the best sights. – Tripadvisor
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  • Matthew K
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    June 27th 2023
    There are several nice short hikes at Hurricane Ridge. From the ridge top there are fantastic views of snow capped mountains on one side and views of the coast and Vancouver island on the other. There are also picnic tables, portable bathrooms, but no running water at the trailheads. So bring water and lunch. My family including kids ages 8 and 11, completed several short hikes (longest about 2.7mi out and back). Much of the trail is paved, but at times steep. There are also plenty of benches and places to rest and take in the views. There were still a few pockets of snow and lots of deer near the top.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 3, 2023
  • LLiberty
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Views but plan to arrive EARLY!
    This is a spectacular Hike but also very popular. You should plan to be a the park as early as possible. Especially now since the visitor center burned down, the park is severely limiting the number of cars allowed per day. The trail is easy to follow for any physical level. The path is paved and mostly smooth. The hike is uphill but there are benches all along the way you can stop and rest and enjoy the glorious views while you catch your breath. The park has lots of wild life including chipmunks and Marmots. Another recommendation would be to park near or in the lot with the Port'a'Potty. There is not a Port A Potty in the lot nearest the trail head to the park. There is a path through the trees down to the lot with the potties but is .08 miles there and then .08 miles back each time you need to go. And with NO visitor center there are no other restrooms in this area of the park. This was one of my absolute favorite hikes in Olympic National Park. I highly recommend this to everyone's agenda! Stunning Views!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • FasteddieAZ
    Mesa, Arizona115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning scenery. GO EARKY.
    First if all, GO EARLY. Limited parking fills up fast. The snowcapped Olympic range and colorful mountain meadows are amazing. Hiking trails easy to difficult. Words or pictures cannot adequately describe the beauty of this place.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • JENNIFER T
    Grand Junction, Colorado733 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hurricane Hill Nature Trail
    This trail is a bit milder than some of the others. The trailhead is past the main parking lot at the end of the road. If full there are a couple of overflow parking lots just down the road. The trail goes on about 7 miles down to Elwha but I believe that they consider the nature trail is 1.5 mile out (3 miles RT). To that point (observation point) rates about 655 ft of elevation gain but the last 0.5 miles is rather step. You can easily turn around before that last bit. There are some nice benches along the way to rest and enjoy the fabulous view for miles and miles. Are are out on the rim but not to a scary extent so you can see both side of the view or basically a 360 view. The trail is paved the entire way but given the incline I would not suggest for wheel chairs or anyone not in reasonable shape.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Shelly
    Dallas, Georgia53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hurricane Hill Trail hike
    We enjoyed the Hurricane Hill Trail. Luckily, on the way up, the clouds were still high enough that we could see the mountains. We were not able to get that amazing distance view, but it was a beautiful hike. The top is “windy”. We were glad that we dressed accordingly and had hats for that hurricane force wind. By the time we were hiking down, the clouds really rolled in, so no more mountain tops, but lovely colors and conifers to view.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 17, 2023
  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, California565 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice jaunt to Hurricane Hill
    This is a fairly easy hike with beautiful views of the Olympic Mountains throughout. At the summit, you can see all the way to Vancouver Island, but be ready for some serious wind. Be sure to arrive early; I parked at 7:15 and there were a good number of spots still available.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 3, 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,733 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favorite Part of Olympic NP, DON'T MISS
    Olympic NP is amazing with so many different things to do, forest, beaches, lakes and mountains. However, for me, this was my favorite place to visit in Olympic, simply amazing. We hiked here on our last morning of the group trip. We awoke disappointed to thick fog in Port Angeles at our hotel; however, once we got above 150', the sun broke through for the most amazing day in the mountains. We did rise early and were on the road by 6:45 as parking at Hurricane Ridge is limited since the fire. We were able to hike some around the old VC and still get a parking place at HR. However, it filled up soon after we began our hike. The hike here is amazing. As the name implies, you are hiking the bald ridge tops of the mountains above the thick tree line. You will have amazing views in any directions, south into the mountains, west towards Mount Olympus and north across a fog covered Strait of Juan de Fuca towards Canada. We visited in early September, but there was a frost on the ground at the top and the tops around Olympus still had glaciated snow. However, the sun was bright and quickly warmed the mountain tops. We did have a great visit with a couple of deer along the trail early and a grouse on our return. While there were plenty of others around, I don't remember ever feeling crowded. The hike was amazing all the way up and not bad, 3.4 miles roundtrip and 826 vertical feet which were most noticeable as you reach the top above the tree line. Reaching the top provided the most amazing views both of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It was such an incredible experience to see it covered in fog below but still be able to see Vancouver Island and Victoria. It was so incredible that it was my favorite thing we did in Olympic. DON'T MISS.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 27, 2023
  • samchari
    Dallas, Texas69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Panoramic View
    As a traveler with my family, our visit to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park was truly unforgettable. The panoramic views were breathtaking, offering a stunning backdrop for our family photos. We enjoyed exploring the diverse landscapes, from subalpine meadows to lush forests, on the well-maintained trails suitable for all ages. During the winter, the ridge transformed into a snowy paradise, perfect for skiing and snowboarding, providing endless fun for our adventurous family. In the summer, the wildflower blooms added a colorful touch to the scenery, creating picture-perfect moments.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 22, 2024
  • cohoman
    Sammamish, Washington2,284 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great View
    My family drove up to Hurricane Ridge the first day they opened in 2024 (March 29), and it was a beautiful day! The snow was cleared from the parking lot and they had two temporary trailer buildings setup as restrooms and a ranger info station. Great views of the snow covered trees. We had some clouds roll in that hid the view of the valley below, but after about 30 mins those clouds blew right through. On the drive back down the hill, we saw several deer all along the road.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 29, 2024
  • limerboy1
    Pembroke Pines, Florida28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Doable, but have to be a confident driver. Terrific views.
    We drove along this ridge top road in a regular 2-wheel drive sedan. I was skeptical about it as the very first part of the road is a STEEP gradient off the main Mount Angeles road. Thereafter the road frequently runs right along the edge of the drop with no guardrails, so you can't scared of heights. Having said that it you drive with usual care it's quite doable. Go slow as the dirt road is narrow, and on the few occasions we met a car coming in the opposite direction we had to carefully pass each other-again not too hard. Gorgeous views with alpine meadows close at hand and snowcapped mountains in the distance. At least when we went you had to start up the mountain early as they were severely restricting the number of visitors due to fire having badly damaged the facilities at the top of Mount Angeles.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 8, 2024
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Jacquelynne B
Tega Cay, SC49 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I couldn’t enjoy the view as could not think of anything else except having to drive back down. The last mile at the top was so scary. Literally hated the drive up and down. Would never recommend to anyone with any fear of heights.
Written May 20, 2024
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limerboy1
Pembroke Pines, FL28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We drove along this ridge top road in a regular 2-wheel drive sedan. I was skeptical about it as the very first part of the road is a STEEP gradient off the main Mount Angeles road. Thereafter the road frequently runs right along the edge of the drop with no guardrails, so you can't scared of heights. Having said that it you drive with usual care it's quite doable. Go slow as the dirt road is narrow, and on the few occasions we met a car coming in the opposite direction we had to carefully pass each other-again not too hard. Gorgeous views with alpine meadows close at hand and snowcapped mountains in the distance. At least when we went you had to start up the mountain early as they were severely restricting the number of visitors due to fire having badly damaged the facilities at the top of Mount Angeles.
Written May 8, 2024
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Tansy2015
Michigan408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The drive up is only 17 miles from the ranger station. ( which closes at 4:00, including the bathrooms that are off the parking lot.) It has a lot of pull offs to view the beautiful mountain range. Still snow up there. They have a bathroom facility with flush toilets and warm running water!
Written May 4, 2024
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cohoman
Sammamish, WA2,284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
My family drove up to Hurricane Ridge the first day they opened in 2024 (March 29), and it was a beautiful day! The snow was cleared from the parking lot and they had two temporary trailer buildings setup as restrooms and a ranger info station. Great views of the snow covered trees. We had some clouds roll in that hid the view of the valley below, but after about 30 mins those clouds blew right through.

On the drive back down the hill, we saw several deer all along the road.
Written March 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

samchari
Dallas, TX69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
As a traveler with my family, our visit to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park was truly unforgettable. The panoramic views were breathtaking, offering a stunning backdrop for our family photos. We enjoyed exploring the diverse landscapes, from subalpine meadows to lush forests, on the well-maintained trails suitable for all ages.

During the winter, the ridge transformed into a snowy paradise, perfect for skiing and snowboarding, providing endless fun for our adventurous family. In the summer, the wildflower blooms added a colorful touch to the scenery, creating picture-perfect moments.
Written March 22, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,733 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Olympic NP is amazing with so many different things to do, forest, beaches, lakes and mountains. However, for me, this was my favorite place to visit in Olympic, simply amazing. We hiked here on our last morning of the group trip. We awoke disappointed to thick fog in Port Angeles at our hotel; however, once we got above 150', the sun broke through for the most amazing day in the mountains.

We did rise early and were on the road by 6:45 as parking at Hurricane Ridge is limited since the fire. We were able to hike some around the old VC and still get a parking place at HR. However, it filled up soon after we began our hike. The hike here is amazing. As the name implies, you are hiking the bald ridge tops of the mountains above the thick tree line. You will have amazing views in any directions, south into the mountains, west towards Mount Olympus and north across a fog covered Strait of Juan de Fuca towards Canada.

We visited in early September, but there was a frost on the ground at the top and the tops around Olympus still had glaciated snow. However, the sun was bright and quickly warmed the mountain tops. We did have a great visit with a couple of deer along the trail early and a grouse on our return. While there were plenty of others around, I don't remember ever feeling crowded. The hike was amazing all the way up and not bad, 3.4 miles roundtrip and 826 vertical feet which were most noticeable as you reach the top above the tree line.

Reaching the top provided the most amazing views both of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It was such an incredible experience to see it covered in fog below but still be able to see Vancouver Island and Victoria. It was so incredible that it was my favorite thing we did in Olympic. DON'T MISS.
Written December 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

phvi2617
Anaheim, CA565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
This is a fairly easy hike with beautiful views of the Olympic Mountains throughout. At the summit, you can see all the way to Vancouver Island, but be ready for some serious wind. Be sure to arrive early; I parked at 7:15 and there were a good number of spots still available.
Written November 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Shelly
Dallas, GA53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
We enjoyed the Hurricane Hill Trail. Luckily, on the way up, the clouds were still high enough that we could see the mountains. We were not able to get that amazing distance view, but it was a beautiful hike. The top is “windy”. We were glad that we dressed accordingly and had hats for that hurricane force wind. By the time we were hiking down, the clouds really rolled in, so no more mountain tops, but lovely colors and conifers to view.
Written October 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jean P
New York City, NY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
So many lovely spots to stop and explore on this whole trip. Plenty of beaches, hiking trails, scenive view points. Lots of wildlife.
Written October 7, 2023
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JENNIFER T
Grand Junction, CO733 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This trail is a bit milder than some of the others. The trailhead is past the main parking lot at the end of the road. If full there are a couple of overflow parking lots just down the road. The trail goes on about 7 miles down to Elwha but I believe that they consider the nature trail is 1.5 mile out (3 miles RT). To that point (observation point) rates about 655 ft of elevation gain but the last 0.5 miles is rather step. You can easily turn around before that last bit.

There are some nice benches along the way to rest and enjoy the fabulous view for miles and miles. Are are out on the rim but not to a scary extent so you can see both side of the view or basically a 360 view. The trail is paved the entire way but given the incline I would not suggest for wheel chairs or anyone not in reasonable shape.
Written September 16, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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