Hurricane Ridge in Winter

View of Hurricane Ridge in winter.

NPS Photo by Dave Turner

At an elevation of 5,242 feet, Hurricane Ridge is Olympic's alpine destination in winter. Typically snow-covered, Hurricane Ridge provides opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing and more. Hurricane Ridge's winter season is generally mid-December through the end of March. During the winter season, Hurricane Ridge Road is open from 9:00 a.m. to sunset, Friday through Sunday and holiday Mondays, weather and road conditions permitting. All vehicles must be off the ridge by sunset.

The Olympic National Park Visitor Center and Hurricane Ridge Road are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the 2015-2016 winter season, the road is scheduled to be open November 27 to March 27 and will be open daily the week of December 25 through January 3.
Getting There
Hurricane Ridge is located 17 miles south of Port Angeles, at the end of Hurricane Ridge Road. Entrance fees are collected at the Heart O' the Hills entrance station whenever the road is open. Olympic's seven-day entrance pass, which allows a private vehicle to enter any of the park's roadways, costs $20. The Olympic National Park Annual Pass, good for one year after the purchase date, costs $40.
Snowplow working on Hurricane Ridge Road.

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Hurricane Ridge Road Status
Hurricane Ridge Road is open as weather and conditions allow. The road may close early or remain closed during the entire day due to poor road conditions or severe weather.

Call the Road & Weather Hotline at (360) 565-3131 for current information or
follow HRWinterAccess on Twitter for road updates.

The 2015-2016 winter plowing season begins November 27.
Slow sign by snowy tunnel.

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Winter Travel
Severe weather, icy or snowy roads, changing snow conditions, and winter rains can quickly alter any winter trip. Visitors traveling to the park should be prepared for winter driving conditions.

All vehicles are required to carry tire chains when traveling above the Heart O' the Hills entrance station during the winter season. This requirement applies to all vehicles (including four-wheel-drive), regardless of tire type or weather conditions.
Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and parking area.

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Visitor Center and Services
Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center
The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is usually open when the road is open, with restrooms, exhibits, a park film, and warming area. A foyer and restroom are always open. See the Bugler for exact dates.

Hurricane Ridge Snack Bar and Rental Shop
From mid-December to the end of March, the Hurricane Ridge Snack Bar and Rental Shop is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekends and holiday Mondays. See the Bugler for exact dates.
Two young skiers on bunny slope.

NPS Photo by Janis Burger

Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area
The Hurricane Ski and Snowboard Area is a small family-oriented ski area operated by the Hurricane Ridge Ski Club. The ski area includes two rope tows, a poma lift, and tubing area.The ski area is generally open from mid-December through the end of March, weather permitting. Visit the Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area website for additional information.

2015-2016 Season: December 6 - March 27, weather permitting.
Hours of Operation: Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Snowshoe group

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Snowshoe Programs
From mid-December through the end of March, snow permitting, families can join a ranger-guided snowshoe walk. Walks are offered at 2:00 p.m. on weekends and holiday Mondays. The walk lasts 1.5 hours and covers less than a mile. Snowshoes and instructions are provided.

Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for youth 6-15 years old, free for children 5 years old and under. Group size is limited to 25 people. Sign up starts at the Hurricane Ridge information desk 30 minutes before the walk.

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