Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.
Changes in Winter Activity Schedule Announced
Budget uncertainties lead to changes in visitor services this winter. More »
Hurricane Ridge in Winter
Winter is a great time to visit Olympic National Park. The summer crowds are gone and recreational opportunities are numerous.
Hurricane Ridge showcases one of the many diverse facets of winter on the Olympic Peninsula. Although relatively low, the Olympic Mountains receive a great deal of moisture. In winter, much of is falls as snow, particularly above 3,000 feet in elevation. The typically snow-covered Hurricane Ridge provides opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing and more.
During the winter season, the Hurricane Ridge Road is open Friday through Sunday (and holiday Mondays), weather and road conditions permitting.
More winter-related information is available in the park's newspaper, The Bugler, including schedules, a map, details on equipment rentals, and safety reminders.
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. Click here for additional information.
Hurricane Ridge 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 click here for the daily report. Conditions, updates and closures are also posted to Twitter at: twitter.com/HRWinterAccess.
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 $15. The Olympic National Park Annual Pass, good for one year after the purchase date, costs $30.
Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center
Hurricane Ridge Snack Bar and Rental Shop
Did You Know?
Fishers (members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters) were reintroduced to Olympic National Park in 2008-10. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared due to overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.