Hurricane Ridge Olympic National Park. Hurricane Ridge Ski area, Info on winter activities at Hurricane Ridge, accessibility, winter photos of activities and wind-sculpted scenery at Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles, WA.
This is the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center on a crystal clear and icy cold January day. That didn't stop anyone from coming up to enjoy the glorious day; the parking lot was chock full of cars, yet there was more than enough room for everyone to enjoy their skiing, tobogganing and snowshoeing surrounded by a true winter wonderland.
Winter or Summer, Spring or Fall – each season at Hurricane Ridge brings its own beauty, diminishing the awe not a whit.
This page is about Hurricane Ridge Olympic National Park during Winter. Perhaps after seeing the photos, you'll agree that winter in the Olympic Mountains is amazing. Hurricane Ridge in winter also brings an abundance of available winter activities - fun times!
See Hurricane Ridge Photos for our gallery of Hurricane Ridge pics during Spring, Summer and Fall.
Port Angeles, WA, is located only 17 miles (27.36 km) to the north of the Visitor Center at Hurricane Ridge, about a 37 minute drive. But, if Port Angeles is not your starting point, then here are other cities not too far from Hurricane Ridge:
Below: Hurricane Ridge Road, the road that takes you to the Visitor Center. At this point, you're almost there, it's around just a couple more bends.
The road is plowed as soon as possible after each snow fall.
Depending on weather, the road usually opens around 9 am and closes to uphill traffic at 4 p.m.
Since Hurricane Ridge is within the Olympic National Park, the entry fee is $30 per car (up to 15 passenger), which is good for seven consecutive days for the pass holder, vehicle, and all passengers. For that price, you may as well purchase the $55/year pass and come multiple time throughout the year.
Get all the info on the Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area at www.hurricaneridge.com
There's lots to do and see in winter:
On New Year’s Day, the hub and I took a drive up to Hurricane Ridge. It was a crystal clear day with temps in the 20’s. The air was still, however hurricane-force winds had been howling across the reaches of the mountains over the prior few days. Snags were coated in fantastical ice formations on just one side, the opposite side being stripped clean of ice by the gales. Trees were bowed with the weight of icy snow.
The ice formations were remarkable; we hope you enjoy these photos taken during our winter outing at Hurricane Ridge.
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If you get a chance to drive up to Hurricane Ridge Olympic National Park in wintertime, by all means do so, and enjoy your visit!