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Hurricane Ridge picture in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge picture in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge picture in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge picture in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge picture in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge picture in Olympic National Park

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  • Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
  • Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.8
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    3.5
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Hurricane Ridge is located 17 miles south of Port Angeles and is the most easily accessed mountain area within the park. In clear weather, it offers amazing views. In fact, many visitors can't seem to find enough adjectives to describe the scenery, but some include "amazing, spectacular, awesome" and "stunning." You can admire the scenery while hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding.

Hurricane Ridge offers a variety of hiking trails, from ridgetop traverses to steep paths that descend to subalpine lakes and valleys. Easy trails include the half-mile round-trip Big Meadow trail, which is paved and crosses open meadows with views of the Olympics. The mile-long roundtrip Cirque Rim is another paved trail and offers views of Port Angeles and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. More challenging trails include the Klahhane Ridge trail (3.8 miles each way) and the Hurricane Hill trail (1.6 miles each way), which is paved for the first quarter-mile, then climbs to a panoramic view of mountains and saltwater.

Many visitors begin at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, which offers brochures, maps, snacks and tips from rangers on what to do and see. There's also an orientation film and exhibits. It is open daily in the summer and on weekends and holidays the rest of the year. Ranger programs are offered late June to September, with snowshoe walks in winter. The gift shop also offers snowshoe and ski rentals.

Hurricane Ridge is accessed via Hurricane Ridge Road. The road is open daily in the summer. During the winter season, the road is scheduled to be open Friday through Sunday and holiday Mondays, depending on weather and road conditions. Weather permitting, the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club operates two rope tows and a Poma lift. All vehicles must carry tire chains during the winter season. For more information, visit the NPS website.

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#1 Hoh Rain Forest With an annual rainfall ranging from 140 to 170 inches, the Hoh Rain Forest is a lush, green wonderland, with mosses and ferns covering every tree and surface. According to ... Read more » James Randklev / Getty Images

#2 Hurricane Ridge Hurricane Ridge is located 17 miles south of Port Angeles and is the most easily accessed mountain area within the park. In clear weather, it offers amazing views. In fact ... Read more » Feng Wei Photography / Getty Images

#3 Kalaloch and Ruby Beach Kalaloch, located on the southwest coast of the Olympic Peninsula, is one of the most visited areas of Olympic National Park. The marine environment and offshore islands are protected by ... Read more » Steve Johnson / Getty Images

#4 Lake Crescent Formed thousands of years ago, this crystal-clear, glacially carved lake has depths of up to 624 feet in places. As the ice retreated, it left behind a steep valley that ... Read more » Jeff Kendall / EyeEm / Getty Images

#5 Mora and Rialto Beach Rialto Beach, which sits about 40 miles southwest of Lake Crescent and about 70 miles from Port Angeles, offers dramatic coastal scenery and is a great place to look for ... Read more » Image by David Gregg / Getty Images

#6 Sol Duc Valley The Sol Duc Valley, located in the northwest region of the park, offers several trails to explore, but probably the most popular is the mile-long hike to the Sol Duc ... Read more » Michael Riffle / Getty Images

#7 Olympic National Park Main Visitor Center and Wilderness Information Center According to recent visitors, this should be your first stop in the park. Found in Port Angeles, Washington, the center houses exhibits about Olympic National Park's natural and cultural ... Read more » Jasperdo / Flickr

#8 Staircase Staircase, located in the southeastern corner of Olympic National Park, is dominated by enormous Douglas firs. You'll find a variety of hiking trails along the Skokomish River and the ... Read more » Cory Maccarrone / Getty Images

Hoh Rain Forest picture in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge picture in Olympic National Park
Ruby Beach picture in Olympic National Park
Lake Crescent picture in Olympic National Park
Rialto Beach picture in Olympic National Park
Sol Duc Valley picture in Olympic National Park
Visitor Center picture in Olympic National Park
Staircase picture in Olympic National Park
Hoh Rain Forest picture in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge picture in Olympic National Park
Ruby Beach picture in Olympic National Park
Lake Crescent picture in Olympic National Park
Rialto Beach picture in Olympic National Park
Sol Duc Valley picture in Olympic National Park
Visitor Center picture in Olympic National Park
Staircase picture in Olympic National Park

The Hoh Rain Forest is an enchanting place to explore. James Randklev / Getty Images

The visitor center at Hurricane Ridge offers stunning views. Feng Wei Photography / Getty Images

Kalaloch is one of the most visited areas of the park. And after taking one look at the coastal scenery, it's easy to see why. Steve Johnson / Getty Images

Lake Crescent is crystal clear and has depths of up to 624 feet. Jeff Kendall / EyeEm / Getty Images

Rialto Beach offers dramatic coastal views. Image by David Gregg / Getty Images

A spawning salmon jumps into the rapids of the Sol Duc River. Michael Riffle / Getty Images

Jasperdo / Flickr

Several hiking trails in the Staircase area of the park take travelers along the picturesque Skokomish River. Cory Maccarrone / Getty Images

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