Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

4.8
#1 of 17 in Scenic Drive in Washington State
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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  • The drive to Hurricane Ridge took almost an hour from our hotel on Port Angeles. It was worth the drive. We were delayed by road construction so this is not normal time wise. The views all the way are...  more »
  • I fell in love with WA state because of this place! I’m from LA and I so wish this type of hiking course/trail existed in LA. Cool crisp air with breathtaking scenery. Maybe party because I didn’t hav...  more »
  • Spectacular views on the way up to the visitor’s center, only gets better from there! Several trails leave from the visitor’s center, some challenging, some easy and paved. Expect low temperatures, ev...  more »
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  • Awesome place, especially liked the drive. The views are endearing and on a clear day your eyes will be treated to a plethora of natural beauty. There are some nice trails to walk on. Taking food is mandatory as there is a small cafeteria there with coffee and basic food options.
  • Went during the Labor Day weekend rush. There was a “one in, one out” car rule. The wait was long due to the high volume of cars/tourists but it was all worth it once you got into the park! The hike to hurricane ridge was relatively easy, with no strenuous obstacles on the trail. The view at the top was beautiful, and I can’t wait to visit again. Yes the wait was long, but the rangers handled the situation with class and it all turned out amazing in the end!
  • Don’t waste your time. They Rangers have cars lined up, it took two hours to get to the checkpoint, then we are told that it’s 30.00 dollars per car. Our discovery pass, (that gets us into all Washington state parks) does not work. Despite this being within the Olympic National Park, which means it must be a federal park, but it has no signs saying such. There was no mention of fees on the website, is not listed on any signs and for travelers who just want to take a look before we kick it off to the next area, it’s a waste of time.
  • Absolutely breathtaking place. You can drive right up to the visitors center, and hike the beautiful trails all around. If you not into hiking you can just see all the gorgeous 360 views from the visitors center. Recommended to drive up and take a look. If you likely you may see cool animals on your way!
  • The top and visitor centre is a-50 minute drive from Port Angeles. There was construction on the road in June which made the journey seem longer. On the way up, we passed a few look out points with mountain and valley views. The road up was windy and after about 40 minutes, we wondered how much longer it will be before we reached the top and whether we have seen everything and turn around. Well, we persisted which was a good thing. When we arrived at the parking lot at the top, my husband said "Oh, I get it". The view at the top was not like anything I have seen before. In front of us was a mountain range with more peaks than I can count. It was vast and awesome. It was windy, cold, a bit rainy and snowy – be sure to dress for mountain weather! My reward was not just the view, the visitor centre has a cafe which serves hamburgers, fish and chips, and sandwiches. We had lunch there as well. :-)
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