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.
2023-2024 Winter Season
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Hurricane Ridge is one of the most popular places in Olympic National Park, but making it safe to drive there in winter is quite an undertaking!
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.
Hurricane Ridge Road
Call the Road & Weather Hotline at (360) 565-3131 for current information and road updates. The road's status will also be updated on our alerts page.
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.
Visitor Center and Services
After the visitor center was destroyed in a fire, services at Hurricane Ridge will look different this year.
Temporary trailers will provide restrooms and a visitor contact station. The contact station will be staffed intermittently Friday through Sunday. Visitors should be prepared to use their vehicles as a warming area and pack extra food, water, dry clothing, and blankets or sleeping bags.
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 parking area. 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 easily navigated.
Sliding & Tubing at Hurricane Ridge
Sliding is permitted at no cost for children ages eight and under at the Children's Snowplay Area west of the 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 Hurricane Ridge Ski Area. Only tubes furnished by the ski area are allowed. Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area
Snowshoe with a Ranger
As soon as there is enough snow, rangers will offer snowshoe walks at 1:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. These walks last 1.5 hours, cover less than a mile, and include 130 feet of elevation gain. Snowshoes and instructions are provided. The group will be limited to the first 15 participants.
Visiting Olympic National Park in Winter
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Last updated: November 24, 2023