Hurricane Ridge Area
Cirque Rim Trail & Big Meadow Loops--0.5 mi. and 0.25 mi. RT. Easy. Access: Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center parking lot.
These trails provide a wonderful little taste of alpine meadows, deer, and the spring display of wildflowers, along with excellent views of Port Angeles and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Grand Ridge (Obstruction Point to Green Mountain)--11 mi. RT. Moderate. Access: From Hurricane Ridge, turn left onto the dirt road to Obstruction Point, and continue 8.5 mi. to the end of the road.
This is the highest section of trail in the park, a fact you might notice as you gaze out to Victoria, B.C., and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, or to the south, where you'll see the Grand Valley with its string of lakes and the numerous snow-clad peaks of the Olympic interior. There is a shortage of both trees and water on this hike.
From the parking lot, follow the trail to the left. (The right goes to Grand Valley.) In 2 miles you'll find yourself at the breathtaking top of Elk Mountain. Over the next 5.5 miles, you will pass through Roaring Winds Camp (not misnamed), up to Maiden Peak and finally Green Mountain. In late June the air is filled with the smell of Lyle's lupine, which grows amid the loose scree. This is a good turnaround point, unless you want to descend to Deer Park.
High Ridge, Alpine Hills to Klahane Ridge--1-8 mi. RT. Easy to moderate. Access: Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.
You can take the short, paved 1-mile High Ridge Route (which is chock-full of interpretive exhibits) and then return to the parking lot. Or you can proceed along the unpaved portion to Sunrise Ridge, a rocky little backbone of a view point off the High Ridge Trail, providing excellent panoramas of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Port Angeles, and beautiful alpine glaciers and wildflowers. The rest of the 3.3-mile, somewhat strenuous walk climbs to the top of Klahane Ridge. As numerous signs warn, beware of the deer and marmots here! They're unafraid, and may hassle people who approach them.
Hurricane Hill--2.75 mi. RT. Easy to moderate. Access: 1.5 mi. from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.
This is a popular trail in the summertime, as it is a broad, easy climb along an abandoned work road up to brilliant alpine meadows, with fantastic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Port Angeles to the north.