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Hurricane Hill Trail


Hurricane Hill trail is an out and back hike that begins 1.5 miles past the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park. Hurricane Ridge received its’ name from the intense winds that can come off the Strait of Juan de Fuca during winter, often gusting in excess of 80 mph. If you arrive early you’ll be able to grab a parking spot in the lot at the end of the road, otherwise there are a couple of additional parking areas below the parking lot.

The Hurricane Hill trail begins at the far end of the parking lot. It’s paved the entire way which makes for an easy to moderate hike depending on your fitness level. Be sure to dress accordingly and take along water as there is little shade along the way.

The Hurricane Hill trail is 1.6 miles to the top of Hurricane Hill, our hiking app recorded an elevation gain of 799 feet. Needless to say we made a number of short stops along the way to rest and hydrate. Along the way you’ll pass the Little River Trail and the trail to Elwa Ranger Station that branch off of Hurricane Hill on your way to the top. You will also be treated to a number of different wildflower varieties and beautiful mountain vistas.




Watch for wildlife along the way, during summer watch and listen for the whistle of marmots. As we turned the corner on one of the switchbacks near the top we spotted a deer under the shade of a pine tree.


Hurricane Hill Hike Deer


At the top of Hurricane Hill you’ll be rewarded with 360 degree views, on a clear day you’ll see Victoria Canada to the north and Mount Olympus to the south.





Looking North:


Looking South:



360 Degree View:


Once we returned to the trailhead we stopped to enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the picnic tables just down the road from the parking lot. Picnic areas A and B are open during the summer months, they are located one mile past the visitor center. During winter you can enjoy a picnic upstairs in the Visitor Center.

Be sure top stop at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center for more information and view some of the exhibits. There are a number of walking and hiking options available from the visitor center which is located 19 miles south of Port Angeles down Hurricane Ridge Road off Highway 101.



Visit the Olympic National Park and Forest site for information and link to additional trail information.




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