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Hurricane Ridge

Western Olympic Peninsula, Washington

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  • Approaching the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center via Hurricane Ridge Road.- Hurricane Ridge
  • Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.- Hurricane Ridge
  • View to the Olympic Mountain Range from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.- Hurricane Ridge
  • View of the Olympic Mountain Range looking west.- Hurricane Ridge
  • View of the Olympic Mountain Range looking southwest.- Hurricane Ridge
  • View of the Olympic Mountain Range looking southwest down the Elwha River Valley.- Hurricane Ridge
  • View of the Olympic Mountain Range looking south down the Lillian River Valley.- Hurricane Ridge
  • Deep snow in April near the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.- Hurricane Ridge
  • Informational signage at stops along the drive.- Hurricane Ridge
  • Deep snow in April near the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.- Hurricane Ridge
  • Deep snow in April near the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.- Hurricane Ridge
  • Black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are common at Hurricane Ridge.- Hurricane Ridge
  • View of West Peak (7,365') from Hurricane Ridge.- Hurricane Ridge
  • View of Mount Olympus (7,980') from Hurricane Ridge.- Hurricane Ridge
  • View south of the Olympics from Hurricane Ridge with a black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus).- Hurricane Ridge
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Exceptional views. Family friendly. Summer and winter options.
Cons: 
Pay-to-access. Possible road closures.
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Region:
Western Olympic Peninsula, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Points of Interest:
Historical landmark, Viewpoint, Old growth forest, Wildflowers, Other
Other point of interest: 
Visitor Center
Dogs allowed: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Partly cloudy throughout the day.
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Sun

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
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Mon

Light rain until evening.
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Tue

Mostly cloudy until evening.
55°F
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Wed

Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
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Thu

Partly cloudy in the afternoon.
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Fri

Light rain starting in the afternoon.
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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If you’re looking for panoramic views of the Olympic Mountain Range with minimal effort, Hurricane Ridge may be the best option available. This destination is the most easily accessed mountain area within Olympic National Park. In clear weather, you can look out over more than 18 separate peaks in the Olympic wilderness. Thanks to the National Park Service, you can check the weather in advance of your trip via the NPS Hurricane Ridge Webcam.

Hurricane Ridge offers several attractions to enjoy throughout the year. In the spring and summer there are a number of options that range from descents to subalpine lakes to ridge-top traverses, where you will likely see mountainsides covered in wild flowers and blacktail deer grazing throughout the park. For winter excursions, Hurricane Ridge offers snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sledding.

In addition, the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center provides a welcoming first stop for your visit. Here you can find brochures, maps, a snack bar, and restrooms. The multi-story facility built into the hillside has a wrap-around deck for an ideal view to the Olympic Range. To access Hurricane Ridge and the visitor center, the road is open throughout summer. In winter months, the road is opened Friday through Sunday from 9:00 A.M. to dusk (weather permitting).

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