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Description - The Hurricane Ridge General Forest Area includes two visitor centers: the main visitor center in Port Angeles and a smaller one at Hurricane Ridge within the park boundary. Other attractions within the Hurricane Ridge area include the Heart o'the Hills Ranger Station and nature trail. A campground also lies at this park entryway and several trails begin from the area.

Attractions - The Hurricane Ridge Road is a scenic and winding thoroughfare that leads into the park then follows Hurricane Ridge westward to the visitor center of the same name. At this developed area you'll find several trails and a picnic area. Leading southeastward from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is Obstruction Point Road. This secondary park road leads to a trailhead from which many backpacking trips have begun. Throughout the Hurricane Ridge General Forest Area visitors can admire expansive views north to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and south to the heart of the Olympics.

Recreation - In this northern area of Olympic National Park visitors will find a variety of activities, including camping, viewing exhibits, studying nature, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, scenic driving and viewing scenery. During the winter months lifts access terrain for snowboarding and skiing at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.

Climate - The northeastern corner of Olympic National Park lies in the rain shadow of the mountains, making it one of the driest areas in the park. The difference in plant communities is visible as you hike through the region with lush plant growth on northern aspects of the area and drier southern facing hillsides.

Location - Hurricane Ridge lies in the northeastern corner of Olympic National Park. It encompasses Hurricane Ridge Road, Obstruction Point Road and Deer Park Road. This area is easily accessible from Port Angeles and the Olympic Highway.


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Filed By: Michelle (Tacoma, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I think that everyone will like this. It is kid-friendly and handicapped-friendly. We saw a lot of animals. There was a big giant snowpatch that was shaped like a mitten. Make sure you bring lots of film and honk in the tunnel on the way up. Good spot for picnicking for the day and also for camping.

Filed By: Tiffany (Tacoma, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This was absolutely gorgeous. We picnicked with the kids and then followed a trail where we immediately encountered a deer on the path. There was also a rock ledge with a beautiful view and a great photo spot for the group. The dense fluffy clouds were amazing at this altitude. This trip is great for all ages. There was much more to explore and more adventurous trails if you are there without children.


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Additional Information:
Olympic National Park - This park comprises a large wilderness area featuring rugged glacier-capped mountains, deep valleys, lush meadows, sparkling lakes, giant trees, a temperate rain forest and 57 miles of unspoiled beaches.

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