Hurricane Ridge in Winter

Snowblower clears parking lot at Hurricane Ridge.
Snowblower clears parking lot at Hurricane Ridge in winter.

NPS Photo

At an elevation of 5,242 feet, Hurricane Ridge is Olympic's alpine destination in winter. Typically snow-covered, Hurricane Ridge provides opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing and more. Hurricane Ridge's winter season is generally mid-December through the end of March.

During the winter season, Hurricane Ridge Road is open to uphill traffic from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Friday through Sunday and some holidays,
weather and road conditions permitting. All vehicles are required to carry tire chains and must be below the Heart O' the Hills entrance station by 5:00 pm during the winter season. The Olympic National Park Visitor Center and Hurricane Ridge Road are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Is Hurricane Ridge open right now? Check here or call (360) 565-3131, and see below for winter schedule.

For the 2020-2021 winter season, the road is scheduled to be open Fridays through Sundays beginning November 27 through March 28 and open during winter break from December 26, 2020 through January 3, 2021 (closed Christmas Day, December 25). In addition, the road is scheduled to be open for the holiday Mondays on January 18 and February 15, 2021.
 

Getting There

Hurricane Ridge is located 17 miles south of Port Angeles, at the end of Hurricane Ridge Road. Entrance fees are collected at the Heart O' the Hills entrance station whenever the road is open.
 
 
Snowplows blow snow off of roadway.

NPS Photo

Hurricane Ridge Road Status
Call the Road & Weather Hotline at (360) 565-3131 for current information and follow HRWinterAccess on Twitter for road updates. Weather and road conditions permitting, Hurricane Ridge Road is open to uphill traffic from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Fridays through Sundays (plus December 26, 2020 - January 3, January 18, and February 15, 2021). All remaining vehicles must be below the Heart O' the Hills entrance station by 5:00 pm. The road may close early or remain closed for the entire day due to poor road conditions or severe weather. All vehicles, including 4-wheel drive, are required to carry tire chains.
 
Plows work hard clearing snow on the road to Hurricane Ridge.
Plowing the Hurricane Ridge Road.

Nicole Bernard NPS Photo

Winter Travel

Severe weather, icy or snowy roads, changing snow conditions, and winter rains can quickly alter any winter trip. Visitors traveling to the park should be prepared for winter driving conditions.

All vehicles are required to carry tire chains when traveling above the Heart O' the Hills entrance station November 1 through April 1. This requirement applies to all vehicles (including 4-wheel drive), regardless of tire type or weather conditions. Weather Forecast for Hurricane Ridge
 
Snow storm covers most of Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.
Thick snow covers most of the parking lot and has to be plowed for visitor activity.

Dave Turner NPS Photo

Visitor Center and Services

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center
The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is usually open when the road is open, with restrooms, exhibits, a park film, and warming area. A foyer and restroom are always open. See the Bugler for exact dates. ***ALERT for winter season 2020-2021 - Only the restrooms will be available inside the Hurricane Ridge Vistor Center. The exhibits, film, warming area, and tables will not be available to the public. The concession-operated Gift Shop, Cafe and Rental Shop on the lower level will also remain closed for the 2020-2021 winter season.

Hurricane Ridge Mountain View Café, Gift Shop and Rental Shop (CLOSED for the 2020-2021 winter season)
No ski or snowshoe rentals for the winter season 2020-2021. The Mountain View Café, Gift Shop, and rental shop will remain closed for the winter season.

 
Backcountry skier through deep snow.

J. Burger NPS Photo

Hurricane Ridge Ski, Snowboard & Tubing Area

The Hurricane Ridge Ski, Snowboard & Tubing Area is a small, family-oriented ski area operated by the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club. The ski area includes two rope tows, a poma lift, and a tubing park. The ski area is generally open from mid-December through the last Sunday in March, weather permitting. Visit the Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area website for additional information.

Hours of Operation: Saturday, Sunday and some holidays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

 
Sledder glides down hill at Hurricane Ridge.
Sledder glides down hill at Hurricane Ridge.

J. Burger NPS Photo

Sliding & Tubing at Hurricane Ridge
Sliding is permitted at no cost for children ages eight and under at the Small Children's Snowplay Area west of the visitor center and parking lot. Bring your own tube or sled; sleds with runners are not allowed.

For visitors ages nine and older, sliding is only permitted at the Tubing Park within the Ski Area. Only tubes furnished by the Ski Area are allowed. Tube park rates (including tubes) are $14 per hour. Visit the Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area website for additional information.

 
Snow shoers enjoy vista views at Hurricane Ridge.
Snowshoers stand before vista mountains.

J Burger NPS Photo

Snowshoe Programs
**From mid-December through the last weekend of March (snow permitting) visitors can join a ranger-guided snowshoe walk. Walks are offered at 2:00 pm on weekends and some holidays. The walk lasts 1.5 hours and covers less than a mile. Snowshoes and instructions are provided. **For 2020-2021 Winter Season: Snowshoe Programs are tentatively planned to begin late December. Group sizes will be limited. Check back for updates.

Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for youth 6-15 years old, free for children 5 years old and under. Sign-up begins at the Hurricane Ridge information desk 30 minutes before the walk. Reservations for a morning walk for school or community groups must be made in advance by calling (360) 565-3136.

Last updated: October 27, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

600 E. Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone:

(360) 565-3130

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