Day Hike - Elwha to Hurricane Hill


Day Hike - Elwha to Hurricane Hill

A very beautiful hike that excels at building ‘character’ (~5400’ gain over ~20 miles). Expansive views into the Olympics on this rarely done loop that visits Hurricane Hill, Lake Mills (where it used to be), Whiskey Bend, and returns on the Wolf Creek trail back to Hurricane Ridge. Only for folks that are fully vaccinated.

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,400 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,757 ft

Hurricane Ridge parking lot, 9:00am.  Those driving from the Seattle area on Saturday morning should plan on taking the 6:10AM sailing of the Edmonds-Kingston ferry.

A great survey of the changes associated with the dam removals on the Elwha River.  Our day starts with a short ascent of Hurricane Hill (from the Hurricane Ridge parking lot), followed by stunning views into the heart of the Olympics as we travel west before descending the 6.1 mile trail to the Elwha River. As we hike the road to Whiskey Bend (closed to vehicular traffic) we will take a short detour to see the lake bed remnants of Lake Mills (eliminated by the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam).  The last part of our day is spent ascending the Wolf Creek Trail to reach our starting point on Hurricane Ridge.  Photos from past trips can be seen here.


Elwha to Hurricane Hill

  • Green Trails Hurricane Ridge/Elwha North No. 134S

    Custom Correct Hurricane Ridge

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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