Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge winter schedule has been announced for the 2008– 2009 season. Link to current Hurricane Ridge conditions.
“I’m eager to experience my first winter in Olympic National Park and look forward to a safe visitor season at Hurricane Ridge,” said Karen Gustin, Olympic National Park Superintendent. “Although it’s close to town, Hurricane Ridge is at the top of a mountain and nearly a mile above sea level – planning and preparation for winter conditions are always vitally important.”
Details about the Hurricane Ridge winter season are provided below.
New Tire Chain Requirement
This requirement applies to all vehicles (including 4-wheel drive), regardless of tire type, and applies to all road and weather conditions. Additional requirements, such as traction tires or chains on vehicles may also be enacted when conditions warrant. Drivers must comply with posted traction requirements. New! FAQ About Tire Chain Requirement, including local-area sources for chains.
“Having a set of chains in every vehicle that travels to Hurricane Ridge will provide a greater margin of safety when sudden storms arrive or road conditions worsen during the day,” said Superintendent Gustin. “In fact, this requirement may give us greater flexibility in keeping the road open during times when conditions are marginal.”
This regulation is included within the Olympic National Park 2008-09 Superintendent’s Compendium.
Hurricane Ridge Road
During the holiday period, the road is scheduled to be open daily from Friday, December 19, 2008 through Sunday, January 4, 2009, except for Thursday, December 25.
The road is also scheduled to be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 19) and Presidents Day (Monday, February 16).
Winter conditions such as storms, drifting snow, or avalanche danger may delay or prohibit the road from opening or may force an early closure. Human safety is the most important consideration.
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; roadside parking is only permitted at the Sunrise Snowplay Area.
To make best use of the available parking spaces, park staff urges Hurricane Ridge visitors to carpool whenever possible and pay extra attention to making the best use of parking spaces.
“Ride-sharing and carpooling will conserve the limited parking spaces at Hurricane Ridge and we ask all our visitors to help in this effort,” said Superintendent Gustin.
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.
Olympic National Park Visitor Center
Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and Ski Shop
The snack bar and ski shop, with ski and snowshoe rentals will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from December 13 through March 29; along with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 19) and Presidents Day (Monday, February 16) and during the holiday period from Friday, December 26 through Sunday, January 4.
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 90 minutes. Space is limited, so groups should call Olympic National Park at (360) 565-3136 for reservations and more information.
Tubing and Sliding
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: January 12, 2018