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The 17-mile drive up Hurricane Ridge Road delivers awe-inspiring views with every turn, as it winds its way to Hurricane Ridge at an elevation of 5,242 feet. The road is open 24 hours a day from mid-May to October. In winter, it is open primarily on weekends and we recommend checking for conditions before heading out. Along the way up is Heart O’ Hills Campground which is open year-round. At Hurricane Ridge, trails for every level explore this picture perfect sub-alpine landscape of snow-capped mountains, rich forest and brilliant wildflower meadows. Many are paved and accessible for wheelchair and strollers, such as the 1-mile round trip paved Cirque Rim or Big Meadow Trails. For a more of a workout, take the 3.2-mile round trip Hurricane Hill which gains 700-feet of elevation and delivers expansive views. Stop in the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center for hiking and regional information, ranger-led events, exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Olympic Mountains, bookstore, snack bar and gift shop. You can easily spend the whole day here, so plan accordingly.
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