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“Ride the Hurricane” Bike Ride Scheduled for August 4 on Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge Road

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Date: July 26, 2013
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005

Olympic National Park will host an exciting opportunity for cyclists to "Ride the Hurricane" on Sunday, August 4.

The event is a recreational climb into the Olympic Mountains on the scenic Hurricane Ridge Road. The Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce is organizing the ride, with sponsorship from several local businesses.

"We are excited to partner with the Chamber again this year to provide this unique experience in Olympic National Park," said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. "To ensure a safe and enjoyable event, Hurricane Ridge Road will be closed to vehicle traffic through the morning."

Participants will have the option to start their ride at one of two locations; the Heart O' The Hills entrance gate for a 24 mile round trip or from Peninsula College, five miles north of the entrance gate, for a 36 miles round trip. Registration for either ride option opens at 6:00 a.m. at the Peninsula College parking lot. Participants opting to ride the longer route from Peninsula College, may start as early as 6:00 a.m. From the Heart O' the Hills entrance gate, riders will climb 12 miles and more than 4,000 feet to Hurricane Ridge, which stands 5,242 feet above sea level. After completing their summit, riders will be allowed to descend at their own pace.

To provide a safe experience for the event, the road will be closed to all vehicle traffic between the Heart O' the Hills entrance station and Hurricane Ridge, starting at 5:00 a.m. and ending at noon. This applies to both uphill and downhill travel. The road will open to traffic at noon, when the event is finished.

Olympic National Park will waive entrance fees at the Heart O' the Hills entrance station for the rest of the day on August 4. Access to the Lake Angeles-Heather Park trailhead and Heart O' the Hills campground will remain open throughout the day.

To register to ride, visit the Port Angeles Chamber website at www.portangeles.org/ride-the-hurricane.html. The registration cost is $35.

Did You Know?

Mt. Olympus in winter

That Mount Olympus receives over 200 inches of precipitation each year and most of that falls as snow? At 7,980 feet, Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Olympic National Park and has the third largest glacial system in the contiguous U.S.