NE DESTINATIONS - ELWHA TO HURRICANE HILL TRAIL...5.8 MILES
DIRECTIONS TO : ELWHA RANGER STATION TRAILHEAD - MILEPOST 239
NEAREST CAMPGROUND: Elwha/ALTAIRE 1.5 miles from Ranger Station
RANGER STATION : Ranger station, pay phone, toilets, permit, registration.
INFO ABOUT TRAIL :
.....A little time on the Hurricane Hill Trail ups the ante, with Vancouver Island rising above the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north and two dozen jagged Olympic peaks stretching to the sky to the south.
.....At more temperate times of the year, you can pick up the Hurricane Hill Trail at the end of the road and ascend (steeply, in places) through a landscape that might remind you of Switzerland.
.....Hurricane Hill Trail - This paved trail begins at the end of the Hurricane Ridge Road, 1.5 miles beyond the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. The 1.5-mile trail climbs through mountain meadows to the top of Hurricane Hill. The first .5 miles is accessible with assistance, but has steep drop-offs and no guard rail.
.....In the 1930s, the Forest Service built a road to Hurricane Hill, a marvelous meadowland sitting high above Port Angeles, accessible until that time only by a trail from the Elwha Valley. The trail is still there, offering a wonderful climbing hike with great views, but most people save time by driving to the Hurricane Ridge site, now the most visited area in the national park. The eighteen-mile drive from Port Angeles to Hurricane Ridge is filled with scenic views as the road twists and turns up the mountain. Heart O' the Hills Campground is just inside the park boundary, with 105 sites, at an elevation of 1,807 feet. The road continues, running beside Klahanie Ridge to climb to the Hurricane Ridge parking lot. Here, you'll find a ranger station, a snack bar, picnic area and several trails, both short and long.
.....Hurricane Hill with its sweeping vistas of the snowclad peaks of the Bailey Range. From Hurricane Hill, the trail descends steadily, initially through dense stands of Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock to the floor of the Elwha Valley (7.4 miles).