Elwha to Hurricane Hill

The Elwha to Hurricane Hill hike is a very strenuous, 12.4 mi round trip hike with 5,300 ft in elevation gain. The trail ascends through forest and breaks out in the meadows on Hurricane Ridge with views of the Olympics and Mount Olympus.

Temporary Closure

6/27/23 Update: Following the lodge fire, access to the Hurricane Ridge area is limited beyond the Heart of the Hills entrance station. Visit the Olympia National Park alerts page for current details and information.

getting there

Heading west past Port Angeles on US 101, turn left onto Olympic Hot Springs Road.  Drive past the Elwha Ranger Station and turn left onto Whiskey Bend Road. Just up the hill and on the left is the trailhead and parking.

On the trail

Start a steep climb through forest and keep climbing for 4 mi until breaking out into a vast meadow.  As one climbs higher in the meadow more views are available of the mountains in the interior of the Olympics and views of the Elwha River.  After 2 mi turn the trail reaches the Hurricane Hill Trail.  Turn left for the short climb to the summit of Hurricane Hill at 5,757 ft.  Views of the Bailey Range, Mount Olympus and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 12.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,277 ft
  • 5,757 ft
  • Green Trails Hurricane Ridge/Elwha North No. 134S
  • Custom Correct Hurricane Ridge
  • Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park

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