Hurricane Ridge Area Brochure

Life on the Edge

Life 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 Information

Facilities: 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

Trail Description Miles Elevation Change
Cirque Rim Easy paved trail with views of Port Angeles and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Wheelchair accessible with assistance. 0.5 one way Under 50 ft.
Big Meadow Easy paved trail crosses open meadows with views of the Olympics. Wheelchair accessible with assistance. 0.25 one way Under 50 ft.
High Ridge Partially paved loop climbs to 360° views and a 0.1 mile dead end spur trail to Sunrise Point. 0.5 mile loop +220 ft.
Klahhane Ridge The first 2.8 miles of this trail is on a ridge to a junction with the Klahhane Switchback trail. An additional mile on the Switchback Trail climbs 800 ft. to Klahhane Ridge. 3.8 one way +250 ft. first 2.8 miles
Hurricane Hill Paved trail climbs to a panoramic view of mountains and saltwater. The first 0.25 miles is wheelchair accessible with assistance. (Trail undergoing multi-year rehab project, work resumes in 2019) 1.6 one way +700 ft.
Wolf Creek Dirt trail descends 8 miles to Whiskey Bend in the Elwha Valley. 8.0 one way -3,772 ft.
Little River Dirt trail descends 8 miles to the Little River Road. 8.0 one way -4,073 ft.
Hurricane Hill/Elwha Dirt trails descends from Hurricane Hill through meadows and steep forested switchbacks to the start of the Whiskey Bend Road. 6.0 one way -5,250 ft.
 
A map of the Hurricane Ridge area featuring hiking trails, parking, and a visitors center.
Hurricane Ridge Area Map
 

Last updated: October 17, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

600 E. Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone:

(360) 565-3130

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