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.

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

INFORMATION for leaders

scheduling & permits

  • 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.
  • Difficulty: M1 Intremediate Ski, Easy
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft
  • 5,200 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 40
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Map
  • Green Trails Hurricane Ridge/Elwha North No. 134S
  • Custom Correct Hurricane Ridge
  • USGS Mt Angeles
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Cross-country Ski - Hurricane Ridge (winter)

Cross-country Skiing Trip
In the heart of Olympic National Park is Hurricane Ridge with a summit elevation of
Difficulty: U-XC 3 Intermediate Ungroomed
Fri, Feb 10, 2023
No Prerequisites
1 participant 0 leaders
Registration closes Feb 9
Foothills Branch

Activity 5 (2023) Snow 1 - Hurricane Ridge (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Mountaineering - Snow 1 Field Trip
Difficulty: M1 Intremediate Ski, Easy
Sat, Mar 11, 2023
No Prerequisites
3 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Mar 23
Kitsap Branch

Activity 5 (2023) Snow 1 - Hurricane Ridge (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Mountaineering - Snow 1 Field Trip
Difficulty: M1 Intremediate Ski, Easy
Sun, Mar 12, 2023
No Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Mar 24
Kitsap Branch

Activity 6 (2023) Crevasse Rescue - Hurricane Ridge (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
This FT provides instruction on the basics of crevasse rescue in a snow setting in
Difficulty: M1 Intremediate Ski, Easy
Sat, Mar 25, 2023
No Prerequisites
2 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Mar 30
Kitsap Branch

Activity 6 (2023) Crevasse Rescue - Hurricane Ridge (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
This FT provides instruction on the basics of crevasse rescue in a snow setting in
Difficulty: M1 Intremediate Ski, Easy
Sun, Mar 26, 2023
No Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Mar 31
Kitsap Branch

Activity 7 (2023) Crevasse Rescue Exam - Hurricane Ridge (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Crevasse Rescue Exam
Difficulty: M1 Intremediate Ski, Easy
Sat, Apr 1, 2023
No Prerequisites
2 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Apr 13
Kitsap Branch

Activity 7 (2023) Crevasse Rescue Exam - Hurricane Ridge (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Crevasse Rescue Exam
Difficulty: M1 Intremediate Ski, Easy
Sun, Apr 2, 2023
No Prerequisites
1 participant 0 instructors
Registration closes Apr 14
Kitsap Branch

Activity 8 (2023) Snow and Glacier Travel - Hurricane Ridge (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Snow and glacier travel
Difficulty: M1 Intremediate Ski, Easy
Sat, Apr 15, 2023
No Prerequisites
2 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Apr 20
Kitsap Branch

Activity 8 (2023) Snow and Glacier Travel - Hurricane Ridge (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Snow and glacier travel
Difficulty: M1 Intremediate Ski, Easy
Sun, Apr 16, 2023
No Prerequisites
1 participant 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 21
Kitsap Branch

Activity 9 (2023) Snow Practical - Hurricane Ridge (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Snow practical
Difficulty: M1 Intremediate Ski, Easy
Sat, Apr 22, 2023
No Prerequisites
2 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 27
Kitsap Branch

Activity 9 (2023) Snow Practical - Hurricane Ridge (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Snow module practical
Difficulty: M1 Intremediate Ski, Easy
Sun, Apr 23, 2023
No Prerequisites
1 participant 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 21
Kitsap Branch

Activity 16 - Make-up Day for Previous Activities if Necessary - Hurricane Ridge (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Make-up Day for Previous Activities if Necessary
Difficulty: M1 Intremediate Ski, Easy
Sun, Apr 30, 2023
No Prerequisites
8 participants 4 instructors
Canceled
Kitsap Branch
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Titles

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