Visiting in Winter
From snow-blanketed mountains to evergreen forests dripping with rain and ocean beaches pounded by winter storms waves, there are many ways to experience winter in Olympic. Although most of the areas of the park remain accessible, there are few ranger-led programs and many facilities are closed. Before your visit, check the weather forecast and current road conditions and be prepared for rain and snow. Conditions can change quickly and what starts as a sunny day can end with hurricane force winds and blizzard conditions!
Hurricane Ridge is the focal point for snow and winter recreation, with opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Weather permitting, Hurricane Ridge Road opens Friday through Sunday during the winter season, but storms or avalanche hazards can lead to road closures at any time. Visit Hurricane Ridge in Winter for more detailed information.
Winter is the perfect time for storm watching along the Pacific Coast. Rain, wind, and tides combine to create massive swells that crash against the shore. are relatively snow-free and a walk along a sandy beaches during low tide is a great way to explore the diversity of the intertidal zone.