Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge Road

The Hurricane Ridge Road climbs steeply from near the town of Port Angeles high into the alpine area of Olympic National Park. It is open daily during the busy summer season, but opens only on weekends (conditions permitting) over the winter.

Mile 0 – Park Entrance

Just off of US-101 in Port Angeles, the entrance sign welcomes you to the Heart o’ the Hills area of Olympic National Park and the road to Hurricane Ridge. 5.1 miles later, the road passes through the entrance station, where the entrance fee must be paid or a valid pass shown.

Mile 5.2 – Heart o’ the Hills Campground

Heart o' the Hills Campground in Olympic National Park in Washington

Just past the entrance station, the road passes by the entrance to the Heart o’ the Hills Campground. This is the only developed campground in the Hurricane Ridge area.

Mile 14.8 – Switchback Trailhead

Parking for the Switchback Trail is on the right.

Mile 17.6 – Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park in Washington

The road arrives at the Hurricane Ridge parking area. Spaces line each side of the road. Great views can be had all along this area, as at left. A series of mostly paved trails also traverses the fragile tundra. This area is almost always windy (hence the name) and is often quite cold, even in summer.

Mile 17.8 – Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park in Washington

As the parking area continues along the road, the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is on the left. In addition to the usual visitor services, there is a gift shop and a snack bar.

Mile 18.7 – Hurricane Ridge Picnic Area

Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park in Washington

The road passes the first of two picnic areas on the left. Short paved trails lead from the parking area to overlook areas. Views like the one at left can be had from many of the picnic tables.

Mile 19.3 – Hurricane Hill Trailhead

The road ends at the parking area for the Hurricane Hill Trail.