Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

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Ski and snowboard in winter or hike and camp in summer at Hurricane Ridge, a pristine site that affords all-encompassing views of the Pacific coastline. Sitting 1,598 m (5,242 ft) high in the mountains of Olympic National Park, in an intense wind zone, the ridge has unpredictable weather where it can snow any time of year. The drive along the ridge overlooks the Olympic mountain range with views of meadows and snow-capped peaks. Watch for wildlife here. Check the visitor center's information desk, which provides maps and tips regarding the park's facilities and regulations. A snack bar and restrooms are also available on-site. To visit Hurricane Ridge on your trip to Olympic National Park, use our Olympic National Park trip planner .
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  • Last year I went in July, the weather is good and the scenery was the best. Canadian Rocky came down to see the inspiration thought I'd do this less, caviar is the best Rain Forrest waist inspiration.
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  • Visit the information centers to get the entire story of the area. If you plan to hike the trails, give yourself time and a jacket as it's cooler at this elevation.  more »
  • I took a spur the moment trip to Oregon and Washington state. Not sure what I was going to see, but I ventured up into Olympic National Park. Hurricane Ridge was the first place that I went to see and...  more »
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  • It's only one of the best views in the State and relatively easy to get to. When clear, it seems like you can see forever. Mount Olympus appears 5000 feet higher than it is. But expect it to be cloudy most of the time. Also, avoid weekends on a sunny summer day. A madhouse of tourists.
  • Such an amazing place to visit! The views can’t get any better! And there are tons of places to hike! My husband and I go every chance we get. There’re always tons of deer, and we’ve even seen owls, elk, and mountain goats! They have a lovely gift shop as well as cafe too! And the bathrooms are always clean! Great place to visit!
  • One of the most spectacular locations in the United States. An amazing confluence of mountain, forest, and coastal views in one spot. The weather can be treacherous--but if you catch it in a sunny day, there are few destinations more beautiful. Great views of the Olympic Range; Puget Sound; Strait of Juan de Fuca; Victoria Island; and even Victoria, British Columbia. Highly recommend visiting here if you are in the Seattle area and want to take an excursion.
  • Gorgeous views with nice trails. Wildlife everywhere! Took video of at least 20 elk and their babies crossing the road directly in front of us! Great views of the Olympic mountain ranges. Saw deer with felt on their racks, white tail and mule deer. Highly recommended!
  • AWESOME!!! Up close wildlife and great views everywhere. Great drive. Great hikes.

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Where to stay in Olympic National Park

Many visitors to Olympic National Park choose to pitch a tent at one of 16 campgrounds, many of which stay open throughout the year. The park also offers a mix of lodge rooms, motel rooms, and cabins thanks to two lodges and two resorts. On the Pacific Coast, the Kalaloch Lodge stands as the most isolated of these. If you prefer to rest your head outside the park, consider staying in Port Townsend. This artsy waterside community northeast of the park offers plenty of inns and bed and breakfasts, but they fill up quickly in summer, so reserve ahead if possible. Port Angeles sits a bit closer to the park and offers more functional accommodations in the form of motels and hotels, though you'll also find waterfront inns and cottages in the area. Communities on the park's western side offer a rustic vibe, but they also take more time to get to if you're coming from Seattle.
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