Hurricane Ridge Road is the road that leads to the Olympic Mountains. It can be a perfect day road trip from Seattle as this road is considered as one the most beautiful road in Washington.
Where is Hurricane Ridge Road located?
The road is located in the state of Washington near Seattle in the northwest of the United States of America. The road starts in the city of Port Angeles.
Hurricane Ridge is a mountain area that is in the Olympic National Park. This National Park is a UNESCO worldwide heritage site as an International Biosphere Reserve.
You can situate the road on the map just below:
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Facts about the Hurricane Ridge Road:
The road is an asphalted road. It starts in downtown Port Angeles and goes into the mountains of the Olympic National Park.
It is 28 kilometers (17 miles) long with an average gradient of 5% (with a maximum of 10%). While driving this road you will gain 1500 meters (4920 ft). Also in the first kilometers, the road climbs a lot, indeed you will start at 120 meters (400 ft) above the sea level and will climb to 610 meters (2000 ft).
It will take about half an hour to drive the 28 kilometers.
While driving this road you will see amazing landscapes. Indeed, on a clear day, you will have a breathtaking 360-degree view of the mountains, the valley, and the sea.
Hurricane Ridge Road was built in the 1950s in order to increase the visitors in the Olympic Mountains National Park.
This project was lead by Fred Overly who also build the Hurricane Ridge Lodge.
How to get to Hurricane Ridge Road?
In order to get to Hurricane Ridge Road, you need to get to Port Angeles town. You can go to Port Angeles by road but also by taking the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island that will save you some time.
Once in Port Angeles, drive the Olympic Highway, WA-101, and then take the Race Street that will end into the Hurricane Ridge Road.
You can visualize how to get there on this map of the drive:
Things to do nearby
The area is very touristic and there are lots of things to do and places to visit in the Olympic Mountains. For example, you can visit Hurricane Ridge and the Olympic National Park Visitor Center. You can check the operating dates on their website.
In summer there are a lot of trails or mountain bike paths there. Also, the Hurricane Ridge Road itself is very appreciated by road cyclists.
In the winter you can ski in the Olympic mountains in the Hurricane Ridge Ski Resort.
You will easily find some accommodations (campgrounds, hotels, Airbnb’s) in Port Angeles if you want to stay there for more than one day or have some scenic vacations in this area of the US. If you are planning to camp overnight in the Olympic National Park you will need a permit (more details here).
A preview of the drive:
If you are planning to go to the Olympic Mountains, you can watch this video to have an idea of the drive:
Is the Hurricane Ridge Road open?
The road is open 7/7 from mid-May into October. The rest of the year, the road and the visitor center are typically open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and on holidays.
The annual snowfalls in the area are more than 10 meters high (32 ft) so during the winter season, all vehicles must have tire chains and have to exit the road by 5 pm. In case of extreme weather conditions the road can be closed.
Before going to the Hurricane Ridge, please check the official website of the National Park Services in order to have the newest information about the access and road conditions.
Hurricane Ridge Road is considered one of the best drives in Washington state. So if you are in the area it can be the perfect day trip from Seattle for example. You can breathe fresh air and looks at the amazing landscapes. Also, you will enjoy activities like skiing in winter and hiking in summer.
Pictures credit: © Cody Logan / Wikimedia Commons.
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