Hurricane Ridge

Port Angeles, Washington

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Olympic Peninsula tourists visit Hurricane Ridge for its panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains to the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north. More than one million people visit the area each year, which means you’ll need to plan your bird-watching trip to avoid the masses. The majority of the tourists visit the park between June and August, which happens to be prime bird-watching season on the ridge. However, most people visit between 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M., which, fortunately for bird-watchers, coincides with the time that most birds take a midday break from foraging. If you arrive early and stay late, you’ll see more birds with fewer noisy interruptions. We like to visit in September, when the weather is still pleasant, the tourists have left for the season, and migration is in full swing. Habitats: Subalpine meadow, fir stands. Specialty birds: Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Blue Grouse; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Gray Jay.

Hurricane Ridge Professional Review and Guide

"Olympic Peninsula tourists visit Hurricane Ridge for its panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains to the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north. More than one million people visit the area each year, which means you’ll need to plan your bird-watching trip to avoid the masses. The majority of the tourists visit the park between June and August, which happens to be prime bird-watching season on the ridge. However, most people visit between 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M., which, fortunately for bird-watchers, coincides with the time that most birds take a midday break from foraging.

If you arrive early and stay late, you’ll see more birds with fewer noisy interruptions. We like to visit in September, when the weather is still pleasant, the tourists have left for the season, and migration is in full swing. Habitats: Subalpine meadow, fir stands. Specialty birds: Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Blue Grouse; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Gray Jay."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Port Angeles
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Best Times: Best summer and early fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,200 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Hurricane Ridge

Recent Trail Reviews

5/14/2010
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The best thing ive ever seen. Ever. I would recommend being very prepared because its cold even when its warm.


10/9/2009
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On a spectacular day we parked at the end of the road and headed out on this beautiful walk along a paved path. The fall colors were beautiful, and the views amazing. We didn't see many bird, but we did see a couple deer cross the path. Great 360 views from the top of the ridge of Vancouver Island, Sand Juan Islands, Mt. Baker, and the Olympic Park.



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May 2018