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.
Is Hurricane Ridge open right now? Check here or call (360) 565-3131, and see below for winter schedule.
For the 2021-2022 winter season, the road is scheduled to be open weather permitting, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday-Sunday, beginning November 26, 2021 through March 27, 2022. Exceptions: Closed December 25; open daily December 26 through January 2; open on the holiday Mondays of January 17, 2022 and February 21, 2022.
Getting ThereHurricane 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.
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 typically open to uphill traffic from 9:00 am through 4:00 pm Friday-Sunday beginning November 26, 2021 through March 27, 2022. Exceptions: Closed December 25; open daily December 26, 2021 through January 2, 2022; open on the holiday Mondays of January 17, 2022 and February 21, 2022.
The road typically opens to uphill traffic at 9:00 am. However, the road can open as early as 8:00 am when possible or as late as 12:00 pm depending on road conditions. The road closes to uphill traffic at 4:00 pm. 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.
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
Visitor Center and Services
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
With its easy access and 15 to 20 miles of routes, Hurricane Ridge is the focus of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Olympic National Park. Though winter explorers of all abilities can enjoy the area, flat, easy, beginner ski terrain is limited to the meadows above the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. Backcountry skiers can explore several slopes and bowls in the area. No trails are groomed or marked, however two routes use unplowed roads, which can usually be navigated. Before heading out on any trip remember to register at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and check current avalanche conditions.
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.
Sliding & Tubing at Hurricane Ridge
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. Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area
Depending on COVID-19 impacts and snow-permitting, the park may offer ranger-guided snowshoe walks at 1:30 p.m. on weekends and holiday Mondays (January 17 and February 21, 2022) from December 26, 2021 through March 27, 2022. Walks last 1.5 hours and cover less than a mile. Walks limited to 12 participants.
Last updated: November 24, 2021