Hurricane Hill Trail

Olympic National Park

Western Olympic Peninsula, Washington

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Hurricane Hill Trail

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  • View south toward Mount Walkinshaw (7,378') and Mount Clark (7,528').- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • View south toward the Elwha River Valley, including Crystal Peak (6,896') at left and Chimney Peak (6,917') at right.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • Scotch bluebells (Campanula rotundifolia) along the Hurricane Hill Trail.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • View south along the Hurricane Hill Trail.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • Hurricane Hill Trail.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • Wildflowers and views of the Elwha River Valley along the Hurricane Hill Trail.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • View across the Elwha River Valley toward Mount Olympus.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • Paintbrush along the Hurricane Hill Trail.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • Indian thistle (Cirsium edule) along the Hurricane Hill Trail.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • Hurricane Hill Trail.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) along the Hurricane Hill Trail.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • Flett's groundsel (Packera flettii).- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • The Olympic Mountains from Hurricane Hill.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • View northwest from the summit of Hurricane Hill toward the Strait of Juan de Fuca.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • View northeast from Hurricane Hill toward Port Angeles, Victoria, the San Juan Islands, and British Columbia.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • View east from Hurricane Hill toward the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Mount Angeles (6,458').- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • Mount Olympus from Hurricane Hill.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • A herd of mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) on Hurricane Hill.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • Mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) on Hurricane Hill.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • View of Mount Olympus (7,969') from the top of Hurricane Hill (5,757').- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • The slope of the ridge along the trail to Hurricane Hill is quite steep.- Hurricane Hill Trail
  • A vibrant sunset over the wildflower meadows on Hurricane Hill.- Hurricane Hill Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy and very rewarding hike from Hurricane Ridge.
Cons: 
Very heavily used.
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Region:
Western Olympic Peninsula, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
950.00 ft (289.56 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,810.00 ft (1,466.09 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The hike up to Hurricane Hill is one of the most popular endeavors in this section of Olympic National Park, but you shouldn't let that attention get in the way of a gorgeous walk to this prime viewpoint. This hike is an excellent choice if you are structuring a few events for your day, as it can easily be completed in a few hours; likewise, the wide trail and short distance makes the trail ideal for families with young hikers and you do get some reprieve from the crowds of Hurricane Ridge.

If you visit in the summer, wildflowers burst throughout the meadow on the 1.5-mile hike to the top: watch for Flett's groundsel, Indian paintbrush, and Scotch bluebells among others. The deer in the area are unfortunately tame (please don't encourage them with food), but don't be surprised to catch glimpses of less commonly seen wildlife such as elk, mountain goats, and even bears. The views from the top of this 5,757-foot hill are almost an unfair reward for such a pleasant walk up: you'll have fantastic perspectives of Mount Walkinshaw, and Mount Clark, Crystal Peak and Chimney Peak, and, of course, Mount Olympus. The views into the Elwha River Valley are equally stunning. To the north you'll see the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and on clear days you may see Mount Baker to the northeast. Spend some time getting oriented to these spectacular points before you head back down to continue your exploration of Olympic National Park.

Note that this trail also makes an exceptional snowshoe route in the winter!

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