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Elwha To Hurricane Hill

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast
48.0138, -123.5878 Map & Directions
11.6 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
5,248 feet
Highest Point
5,650 feet
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  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
  • Ridges/passes

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Climb steeply out of the Elwha River Valley to impressive views of the Bailey Range and wide-open meadows on this trail that accesses Hurricane Hill the back way. Continue reading

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Hiking Elwha To Hurricane Hill

Climb steeply out of the Elwha River Valley to impressive views of the Bailey Range and wide-open meadows on this trail that accesses Hurricane Hill the back way.

Just past the corral on Whiskey Bend Road, find the trailhead -- more of a wide spot on the road Please remember to park considering other folks who may arrive later

The tread is narrow and quite steep -- you're climbing about a thousand feet per mile, after all, but luckily, it stays in relatively good condition for its entire length when it is snow-free.

Switchbacking tightly through close forest for two miles, the trail opens up into expansive meadows where wildflowers and peek-a-boo views of the Bailey Range off to your right encourage you to climb higher.

Mounting up the final shoulder of Hurricane Hill, you may see some people meandering in the meadows. The Elwha to Hurricane Hill trail links up with the Hurricane Hill Nature Trail in this wide meadow.

Your final push is up a couple of long switchbacks to the hill's summit, where views spread below you in every direction. To the north lies the city of Port Angeles and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, with a view all the way to Vancouver Island. South, the Bailey Range's snowy peaks line the horizon. To the west are the forested hills and folds of the Elwha River Valley, and east is Klahhane Ridge and Mount Angeles.

WTA Pro Tip: Bring trekking poles for this hike. Whether you're heading up or downhill, the grade of the Elwha to Hurricane Hill trail is steep enough that trekking poles are a must. Your knees will thank you.

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Hike Description Written by
Anna Roth, WTA Staff

Elwha To Hurricane Hill

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0138, -123.5878 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Road Closed: The Olympic Hot Springs road is inaccessible to vehicles due to a washout. Hikers can still access this trail by walking or biking 2.1 miles one-way along the closed road from the Madison Falls parking area.

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Port Angeles, drive west on Highway 101 for 7.7 miles and veer left on Olympic Hot Springs Road. Proceed 4.1 miles down this road to a junction with Whiskey Bend Road (on your left). Turn onto Whiskey Bend Road, and in a tenth of a mile, look for a wide spot in the road on your left.

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Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

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