Hurricane Ridge Road

Hurricane Ridge Road is Washington's Best Driving Road

Hurricane Ridge Road is, probably, the Washington's Best Driving Road. Located in the Olympic National Park, this paved road snakes up to Hurricane Ridge, at an elevation of 5,242ft (1.598m) above the sea level.

The paved road is 27km (17 miles) long. It’s very steep with a few tunnels. This drive begins in downtown Port Angeles and follows Hurricane Ridge Road up to the top of the mountains, in the middle of Olympic National Park. Starting from Port Angeles, the ascent is 29 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.500 meters. The average percentage is 5.1 %. The maximum slope is 10 %. For the first five miles the road climbs from 400 feet above sea level to just under 2,000 feet at the Heart O The Hills Ranger Station, the only overnight facility at Hurricane Ridge. Over the next twelve miles as you climb up the narrow road and through three different tunnels the plant life around you goes through a gradual change. 

The average annual snowfall on the Hurricane Ridge is 400-plus inches. The road may close on short notice due to weather or unsafe road conditions.It’s the most easily accessed mountain area within Olympic National Park.

 

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