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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  • Pretty drive up to park facilities but very crowded. However, if you have limited physical ability or time it is worth it. Bring a camera and good walking shoes.Nice views of surrounding mountains.  more »
  • Interesting as always in the United States the location, great views from the road, was always the Pacific partly steeply sloping and in the background. Once at the top were somehow disappointed (although great view), because we have occurred us here in the Austrian Alps. Anyone who knows the Alps, can save the directions, there are so many other places of interest.
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  • The road to the ridge has a great view at every curve. Once you get to the visitors center at the top you can see for miles & miles. The visitors center has several interesting exhibits & park rangers...  more »

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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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