Hurricane Ridge (winter)

Tromp in the snow in the area surrounding the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, a great place for an easy snowshoe trip or ski tour.

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 routes

The meadows surrounding the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center offers opportunities for several different snowshoe routes.  Meander along the road beyond visitor center as far as the picnic area, or even down along the Wolf Creek Trail or Obstruction Point Road.  Or simply wander close to the lodge, enjoying the views and taking photos.


  • 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.
  • For an Easy+ trip, avoid the steep and icy slopes on the Hurricane Hill and Sunrise Ridge routes.  These sections tend to have dangerous cornices.


  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • Suitable Activities: Skiing/Snowboarding, Snowshoeing
  • Skiing/Snowboarding Category: Backcountry
  • Snowshoeing Category: Basic
  • Seasons: January, February, March, April, December
  • Weather: View weather forecast. View avalanche forecast.
  • Difficulty: Easy+, M1 Mountain 1 Ski
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft
  • 5,200 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Default Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 40
  • Green Trails Hurricane Ridge Elwha North No. 134S
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Upcoming Activities

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Trip Reports

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  • Hurricane Ridge
  • Hurricane Ridge Meadows
  • Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center
  • Hurricane Ridge Area
  • Hurricane Ridge Area (winter)

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