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Hurricane Hill

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast
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Length

3.2 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 5757 ft.

Rating

4.25 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
 
 

Whether you need a day hike for the whole family or the perfect trail to round out your first visit to Olympic National Park, Hurricane Hill is the answer. You can even use this trail as the jumpoff (or ending point) to a variety of longer hikes out of the Elwha River Valley.

With expansive views of the Bailey Range right from the parking area, hikers will not be bored here. Follow the wide pathway along a south-facing traverse, first through open forests of pines and low shrubs. The way eventually opens up to a moderately graded traverse. The way is quite easy to navigate, since the trail is wide. It consists of three generous switchbacks to a summit complete with interpretive signs pointing out the visible peaks and towns, as well as the various burns that have come through this area.

Just before the first switchback, encounter a trenched trail (which is signed ‘Elwha 6 mi’) heading off to your left. This trail accesses the Elwha River Valley and the Whiskey Bend Road. It makes for quite a steep, challenging round trip day hike of 14 miles, so unless you have plenty of time to spare (or a car waiting at the other end), continue on the main trail.

Switchback up and up, on a somewhat steeper grade than the first part of the trail, through golden grasses to the summit of Hurricane Hill. The place is aptly named. Located in such an exposed section of Olympic National Park, weather and winds can whip up quickly here, so be sure to have your windbreaker.

From the top, take in views of the craggy Bailey Range to the south, often spangled with snow well into summer. North is the town of Port Angeles and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Across the water, Vancouver Island.

Occasionally ferries are visible here, shuttling people back and forth between the US and Canada. Be sure to descend to the second interpretive sign, located just below the summit of Hurricane Hill.

 

Hurricane Hill

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.9766, -123.5178 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

Hurricane Hill (#72)

Olympic National Park

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Custom Correct Hurricane Ridge

Buy the Green Trails Hurricane Ridge/Elwha North No. 134S map

Getting There

From Port Angeles, turn off Highway 101 onto Race Street. Continue on Race Street for 1.2 miles to Hurricane Ridge Road. A large structure to your right is the Olympic National Park Visitors Center and Wilderness Information Center.

Stop here to grab a map and a park pass, if you need one, then continue up the Hurricane Ridge Road for 18 miles to the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center. Pass the Visitors Center and drive one and a half miles down the road to the trailhead parking area. While there are no facilities at the trailhead, there is a bathroom about a half mile before the trailhead and water is available at the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
 

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