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Hurricane Ridge

This mountain ridge is an adventurer’s paradise, with miles of hiking trails and ski and snowboard runs set amid sub-alpine lakes, valleys and meadows.

The spectacular Hurricane Ridge mountain range is one of Olympic National Park’s most famous features. Hike the dramatic ridge-top trails during summer, hit the slopes for skiing and snowboarding in winter and enjoy the majestic mountain scenery year-round.

Hurricane Ridge was named for the strong winds that are a common occurrence at this high elevation. Check weather conditions before embarking on a trip here, since these rough winds and heavy snowfalls can make trails treacherous and impassable. Look closely and you may see snow even during summer.

Begin your excursion at the visitor center where you can get up-to-date information on suitable hiking routes and trail conditions. Spend some time looking over the fascinating exhibits which explain the varied habitats of the Olympic Mountains. Visitors can also watch a 20-minute orientation video, which is available on request. Stock up on snacks and use the on-site restroom facilities before leaving to explore the wilderness.

Join one of the guided walks, organized from the visitor center during summer. Or venture out alone on the Hurricane Hill Trail and enjoy the majestic mountain views at your own pace. This trail is relatively easy, measuring just over 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) return, and climbs about 700 feet (213 meters) to an elevation over 5,000 feet (1,500 meters).

In winter, put on appropriate cold-weather clothing and head out to experience the ridge in the cold, crisp air. Take a guided snowshoe walk to see the snowy panoramas of the Olympic Range. Or for more speed, rent or use your own gear to race down the ski and snowboard slopes. Families can take advantage of the family-oriented Ski and Snowboard Area, which offers 10 downhill runs.

Reach the area by the Hurricane Ridge Road, located near the main Olympic National Park Visitor Center. While the road is always open during summer, closures are common during winter. Park entrance fees are applied.


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Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles $115
Reviewed on May 14, 2019
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Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles

Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles

221 N Lincoln St, Port Angeles, WA
     
    3.6 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0

    It’s close to everything so easy to walk around...

    Enchanted Forest Cabin In Majestic Setting - Olympic N. P. On Your Doorstep
    Reviewed on Sep 24, 2018
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    Enchanted Forest Cabin In Majestic Setting - Olympic N. P. On Your Doorstep

    Enchanted Forest Cabin In Majestic Setting - Olympic N. P. On Your Doorstep

    Port Angeles, WA
       
      4.6 of 5
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      What a great little get-away place. Secluded, and away in the forest, this was a neat place to stay. Loved the deck on the outside, listening to birds chip in the distance. Communication with the owner was most excellent.

      Days Inn by Wyndham Port Angeles $79
      Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019
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      Days Inn by Wyndham Port Angeles

      Days Inn by Wyndham Port Angeles

      1510 E Front Street, Port Angeles, WA
         
        3.3 of 5
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Property didn’t look clean from outside. The rooms were nice.

        Magnificent Mountain & Elwha River Views. Reduced Stay Fees - April 13,16,17,18
        Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019
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        Magnificent Mountain & Elwha River Views. Reduced Stay Fees - April 13,16,17,18

        Magnificent Mountain & Elwha River Views. Reduced Stay Fees - April 13,16,17,18

        Port Angeles, WA
           
          4.9 of 5
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          Rick's cabin was beautiful, spacious, comfortable, and clean. We had a party of seven and the cabin still felt incredibly roomy for the number of people. The property overlooks a gorgeous view of the river and surrounding mountains, which were covered in snow when we went. The hot tub was in the ...

          Rustic 1br+loft Port Angeles Cabin W/mtn. Views!
          Reviewed on Jul 28, 2018
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          Rustic 1br+loft Port Angeles Cabin W/mtn. Views!

          Rustic 1br+loft Port Angeles Cabin W/mtn. Views!

          Port Angeles, WA
             
            4.8 of 5
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            This a really unique place and Sara Lee is wonderful. The horses and the dog are special.

            Super 8 by Wyndham Port Angeles at Olympic National Park $84
            Reviewed on May 13, 2019
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            Super 8 by Wyndham Port Angeles at Olympic National Park

            Super 8 by Wyndham Port Angeles at Olympic National Park

            2104 E 1st St, Port Angeles, WA
               
              3.6 of 5
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              Excellent service. Quiet. Good bed. Breakfast ok

              West Of The Elwha- Vintage 3 Bedroom Home Close To The Elwha River
              Reviewed on Aug 19, 2018
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              West Of The Elwha- Vintage 3 Bedroom Home Close To The Elwha River

              West Of The Elwha- Vintage 3 Bedroom Home Close To The Elwha River

              Port Angeles, WA
                 
                4.7 of 5
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                The house and the surrounding property definitely met our expectations for a long weekend near Olympic National Park. 6 people thoroughly enjoyed this house despite only having one bathroom. The main downside was the neighbor's rooster that made its presence know at all hours of the day and night. ...

                Cozy Apartment Close to Olympic National Park and Town
                Reviewed on Sep 19, 2018
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                Cozy Apartment Close to Olympic National Park and Town

                Cozy Apartment Close to Olympic National Park and Town

                Port Angeles, WA
                   
                  4.9 of 5
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                  The apartment was clean and comfortable. The steam room and hot tub were a real bonus. The owners were welcoming and very accommodating. We would definitely stay here again.