The Hurricane Ridge Road (also known as the Heart O the Hills Parkway) winds for nearly 19 miles from Port Angeles to the alpine meadows of mile-high Hurricane Ridge. This National Park Service Road is among the most scenic parkways within the park system. Opened throughout the year (limited hours during the winter), the road provides access to short nature trails, longer hiking trails, ski trails and slopes, interpretive sites, a visitors center, picnic areas and plenty of unsurpassed views ranging from the snowy interior of Olympic National Park to the island-dotted Salish Sea.
For many hikers, the Hurricane Ridge region represents the créme de la créme when it comes to day hiking on the Olympic Peninsula. Nowhere else in the rugged Olympic Mountains can you access alpine terrain with such ease. Many of the area’s hikes start at high elevations and remain high, weaving along lofty ridges flush with flowers and granting sweeping views. A series of paved nature trails on the ridge are ideal for folks new to hiking and adventurers young and old. More than a few park visitors got their first taste of the Olympics because of this popular parkway, gaining a love and respect for this special place.