Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge winter schedule has been announced for the 2006 – 2007 season. The winter plowing operation will begin on Thursday, November 16 and will continue through the end of April 2007.
“We’re looking forward to a safe and fun winter season,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Bill Laitner. “We urge our visitors to plan ahead for any winter trip into the park – good planning is an essential first step towards a safe visit.”
Details about the Hurricane Ridge winter season are provided below.
Hurricane Ridge Road
Weather permitting, the road is scheduled to be open daily from December 22 through January 1, except for Monday, December 25, when the road will be closed.
The road is also scheduled to be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 15) and Presidents Day (Monday, February 19).
Winter conditions such as storms, drifting snow, or avalanche danger may delay or prohibit the road from opening or may force an early closure.
The Hurricane Ridge Road may also close temporarily if the parking lot becomes completely full. All vehicles must park within the Hurricane Ridge parking lot; overflow parking will no longer be allowed along the roadside at the east end of Hurricane Ridge. (Roadside parking will still be permitted at the Sunrise Snowplay Area.)
Recorded information about Hurricane Ridge Road and weather conditions is available 24 hours a day at (360) 565-3131 or 530 AM in Port Angeles.
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 Snow Bus
Olympic National Park Visitor Center
During the winter season, the visitor center will open one hour earlier on weekends, keeping the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and Ski Shop
The snack bar and ski shop, with ski and snowshoe rentals will be open on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays December 16 through April 1, and daily from Tuesday, December 26 through Monday, January 1.
A $5 donation from each snowshoe walk participant helps the park provide snowshoe walks and repair and replace snowshoes.
Organized groups such as youth or school groups must make advance reservations for snowshoe walks. Group walks are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and last 90minutes. Space is limited, so groups should call Olympic National Park at (360) 565-3136 for reservations and more information.
Tubing and Sliding
If at any time during the winter season, conditions become too dangerous for sliding or if adequate staffing is unavailable, one or both of the tubing areas will be closed to all use. In coming years, continuation of this activity will depend on both this season's safety record and future funding.
Overnight Wilderness Camping
Anyone planning a winter camping trip on Hurricane Ridge must first register at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center to obtain a wilderness camping permit and must also check in and out with a ranger at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.
Hurricane Ridge Webcam and Weather Station
Last updated: February 28, 2015