This 1.6 mile paved path climbs 650 feet to an old fire lookout site set on a 5757-foot open knoll. Along this kid-friendly trail, watch for deer, marmots, and other wild critters. From July to September, wildflowers are prolific streaking the hill’s meadows with touches of gold, violet, and crimson. Views are horizon-spanning from snowy Mount Olympus (highest summit on the Olympic Peninsula) and Mount Baker to the azure waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca against a backdrop of British Columbia peaks.
During the winter months, when weather and snow conditions are stable, Hurricane Hill makes an excellent snowshoeing destination. The winter routes begins from the visitor’s center on the ridge making it a longer journey than the summer hike. Count on a 6 mile roundtrip and 900 feet of elevation gain. And count on stunning views of three surrounding mountain ranges—the Olympics, the Cascades, and the British Columbia Coast Range all glistening in white. Park Rangers regularly offer guided snowshoe trips ideal for beginners.