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 9:00am to 4:00pm, Friday through Sunday and holiday Mondays,
weather and road conditions permitting. All vehicles are required to carry tire chains and must exit the Heart O' the Hills entrance station by 5:00pm during the winter season. Olympic National Park Visitor Center and Hurricane Ridge Road are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the 2016-2017 winter season, the road is scheduled to be open November 25 through March 26 and will be open daily the week of December 26, 2016 through January 2, 2017.
 

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. Olympic's seven-day entrance pass, which allows a private vehicle to enter any of the park's roadways, costs $25. The Olympic National Park Annual Pass, good for one year after the purchase date, costs $50.
 
 
Snowplows blow snow off of roadway.

NPS Photo

Hurricane Ridge Road Status
Call the Road & Weather Hotline at (360) 565-3131 for current information or follow HRWinterAccess on Twitter for road updates. Hurricane Ridge Road is open to uphill traffic from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Friday through Sunday and holiday Mondays, weather and road conditions permitting. All remaining vehicles must exit the Heart O' the Hills entrance station by 5:00pm. The road may close early or remain closed during 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 during the winter season. This requirement applies to all vehicles (including four-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.

Hurricane Ridge Snack Bar and Rental Shop
Downhill and cross-country skies and snowshoes are available to rent from the Hurricane Ridge Rental Shop. The snack bar and rental shop are open 10:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. on weekends and holiday Mondays from mid-December through March. See the Bugler for exact dates.
 
Backcountry skier through deep snow.

J. Burger NPS Photo

Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area
The Hurricane Ski and Snowboard Area is a small family-oriented ski area operated by the Hurricane Ridge Ski Club. The ski area includes two rope tows, a poma lift, and tubing area.The ski area is generally open from mid-December through the end of March, weather permitting. Visit the Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area website for additional information.
2016-2017 Season: December 4 - March 26, weather permitting.
Hours of Operation: Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
Sledder glides down hill at Hurricane Ridge.
Sledder glides down hill at Hurricane Ridge.

J. Burger NPS Photo

Sledding & Tubing at Hurricane Ridge
Sledding 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, sledding is only permitted at the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Area tubing park. Only tubes furnished by the ski area are allowed in the park. Tube park rates (including tubes) are $10 for two hours or $8 for one 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 end of March, snow permitting, families can join a ranger-guided snowshoe walk. Walks are offered at 2:00 p.m. on weekends and holiday Mondays. The walk lasts 1.5 hours and covers less than a mile. Snowshoes and instructions are provided.

Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for youth 6-15 years old, free for children 5 years old and under. Group size is limited to 25 people. Sign-up begins at the Hurricane Ridge information desk 30 minutes before the walk. Reservations for school or community groups must be made in advance by calling (360) 565-3136.
2016-2017 Season: December 17 - March 26, weather permitting.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

600 E. Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone:

(360) 565-3130

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