"It’s not called “Hurricane Hill” for nothing! Wind gusts of over 75 miles per hour have been clocked at the visitor center on nearby Hurricane Ridge. Winters can bring 30 to 35 feet of snow, with drifts lingering on into summer. Is it any wonder the trees not sheltered by the lee side of the mountain are stunted and show signs of having been blasted and broken? With such a stark environment, it’s surprising that over 125 different species of plants have been found up here! You’ll see lots of familiar “faces” on Hurricane Hill, but they will all be shaped by the dangerous world they must live in." Read more
"A stroll through flower fields on a gently graded asphalt path to the site of a former Forest Service lookout enables families to gaze at 360 degrees of glorious views. To the south lie the great chasm of the Elwha River and the peaks of the Central Olympics. Below is Port Angeles and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Beyond the Strait is Vancouver Island. If the day is cloudless, look east for the San Juans and Mount Baker." Read more
"This trail offers a scenic walk to a grassy summit at the western end of Hurricane Ridge. Most tourists never get farther than the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center; if you take the extra drive out to Hurricane Hill, you can enjoy the same beautiful meadows, mountain wildlife, and spectacular vistas without the crowds. This route follows a paved nature trail with interpretive plaques, and though it does have some ups and downs, it is wheelchair accessible for the first half mile." Read more
"This trail is an old forest service road that provided access to the Hurricane Hill lookout when it was in use. The paved trail is wide and easy to follow, staying level for the first 1.2 mile. It is another easy mile to the summit, with moderate elevation gain—but carry water. The trail does not cross any streams. The trail offers great views the entire way. Mount Angeles (east) and Mount Olympus, with its multiple summits, are hard to miss on a clear day. In less than 1.4 mile the Little River trail descends steeply (right). There are good views of the Bailey Range across the valley." Read more
"A paved path leads to an emerald knoll with horizon-spanning views from snowy Olympus and Mount Baker to the azure waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Clogged in the sunny summer months with sauntering tourists, Hurricane Hill has helped introduce folks young and old, local and foreign, to the wonders and delights of the Olympic high country.
But when winter spreads its white coat upon these open slopes, it’s a whole different adventure—a chance to snowshoe on high in the Olympic Mountains.
This guide outlines the route for this trail during the summer, and another route for the winter. Dogs are prohibited." Read more
"You certainly won’t be lonesome on this heavily used trail, but the crowds are there for a good reason: an easily accessible trail to a mountain overlook with few equals in the park. The solitude-seeking hiker, however, should not avoid this path because a steep but amazingly quiet side trail departs from near the summit of Hurricane Hill and takes you to a lonesome meadow viewpoint on the ridge to the west. Here, the vistas are just as grand as those from the busy main objective, but even on a nice summer weekend, you’ll probably have them all to yourself." Read more