Life on the EdgeLife at Hurricane Ridge is shaped by wind and snow. Winds gusting over 75 miles an hour buffet the ridge, lending the name "Hurricane." The 30-35 feet of snow that falls annually lingers into summer, shaping life year-round. Its weight challenges trees; its persistence maintains open meadows. As you explore, look for evidence that snow truly sculpts this landscape.
Area InformationFacilities: Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center has exhibits, orientation movie and restrooms. It is open with a staffed information desk daily in summer and weekends late December to late March. A foyer restroom and warming area are always open. Ranger programs are offered late June to September with snowshoe walks in winter. A gift shop with snack bar is open mid May to early fall and weekends mid December to late March. In winter, the gift shop has snowshoe and ski rentals. The Hurricane Ridge Road is open 24 hours a day from mid May into October. The rest of the year it opens (weather permitting) primarily on weekends. Call 360-565-3131 for a 24- hour road and weather recording.
Picnic Areas: Picnic Areas A and B (summer only), one mile beyond the visitor center, have restrooms, water and paved trails to tables. In winter, visitors may picnic upstairs in the visitor center.
Camping: The closest vehicle campground is at Heart O' the Hills, 12 miles downhill. Get wilderness camping permits at the Wilderness Information Center, 360-565-3100, in Port Angeles.
Regulations: Please stay on designated trails and do not feed wildlife. Pets and bicycles are not permitted on paved or dirt trails.
Trails at Hurricane Ridge
Last updated: August 17, 2020