Hurricane Hill (winter)

Hurricane Hill is a moderately easy, 6 mile snowshoe hike with 1,650 feet of elevation gain. On the hike you'll go through scenic alpine meadows and forests and end up on the hill with some of the best views of Mount Olympus.

Getting there

Drive US 101 to Port Angeles and then 17 miles up Hurricane Ridge Road (aka Heart o' the Hills Parkway) to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.

snowshoe route

Hurricane Hill is a 6 mile round trip snowshoe that aptly deserves its name. The peak wind conditions can turn this normally stunning alpine moderately easy trip into a gale fighting slog on an exposed ridgeline. Although the total elevation change between the start and destination is 540 feet, the net ascent/descent is 1,650 feet, making the destination a game changer in new or deep snow.

The snowshoe route differs from the summer route by exiting the trail 1.6 miles in, and ascending the ridgeline. The route stays on the ridgeline until it connects to the base of the windswept meadow leading up to Hurricane Hill. The route then heads straight uphill to the summit.

Notes

  • The road to Hurricane Ridge can be closed in the mornings for snow removal in winter. Check current snow and road conditions before leaving town. The Twitter Feed “Hurricane Ridge NPS” provides road opening status. Keep your cell phone on to receive Olympic National Park provided Emergency Weather Alerts via the Amber Alert feature of smart phones.
  • All vehicles are required to carry tire chains when traveling above the Heart O' the Hills entrance station during the winter season. This requirement applies to all vehicles (including four-wheel-drive), regardless of tire type or weather conditions.
  • Conditions can go to blinding white out in minutes via fast moving cloud cover or driving wind.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,650 ft
  • 5,757 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Map
  • Green Trails Hurricane Ridge/Elwha North No. 134S
  • Custom Correct Hurricane Ridge
  • USGS Mt Angeles
  • USGS Hurricane Hill
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Winter Scramble - Hurricane Hill (winter)

Scrambling Trip
Winter scramble in the Olympic National Park, weather and avalanche safety dependent. This activity is
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Jan 22, 2022
Prerequisites
5 participants
Registration closed Jan 20
Tacoma Branch

Activity 8 - Snow 1 Field Trip - Hurricane Hill (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Mountaineering - Snow 1 Field Trip
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Apr 9, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Apr 7
Kitsap Branch

Activity 8 - Snow 1 Field Trip - Hurricane Hill (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Mountaineering - Snow 1 Field Trip
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Apr 10, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 8
Kitsap Branch

Activity 9 - Crevasse Rescue - Hurricane Hill (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
This FT provides instruction on the basics of crevasse rescue in a snow setting in
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Apr 23, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 21
Kitsap Branch

Activity 9 - Crevasse Rescue - Hurricane Hill (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
This FT provides instruction on the basics of crevasse rescue in a snow setting in
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Apr 24, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 22
Kitsap Branch

Activity 10 - Crevasse Rescue Exam - Hurricane Hill (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Snow 2/Crevasse Rescue
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Apr 30, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 28
Kitsap Branch

Activity 10 - Crevasse Rescue Exam - Hurricane Hill (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Snow 2/Crevasse Rescue
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, May 1, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 29
Kitsap Branch

Activity 11 - Snow and Glacier Travel - Hurricane Hill (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Snow and glacier travel
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, May 14, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes May 12
Kitsap Branch

Activity 11 - Snow and Glacier Travel - Hurricane Hill (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Snow and glacier travel
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, May 15, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes May 13
Kitsap Branch
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Douglas Terry
Douglas Terry says:
Dec 14, 2016 09:16 AM

We are first going to head out to Sunrise Ridge, then double back and head out towards Hurricane Hill. Once on the Hurricane Hill route, we will at the very minimum make the first hill on the winter route.

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