What is is not so well known for is the incredible 6.1 mile [one-way] hike from the Elwha river valley that gains over a mile in elevation. This quadbusting hike helps one to appreciate Hurricane Hill's views much more than the paved route...
This hike is also much more technical and fantastically beautiful in winter, when it is a snowshoe/ski and offers great views into the Olympic interior.
Getting ThereThe Hurricane Ridge Parking area is at the end of Hurricane Ridge road, roughly 17 miles from Port Angeles, WA. The trail from there is paved and easy.
The Elwha River Valley trailhead is off of Whiskey bend Road, 1/4 mile from Elwha River Road. This trail is 6.1 miles of pure switchbacks to the very top of Hurricane Hill. Bring lots of water and come ready for a helluva hike. The views once you break the treeline make it all worth it though :D
Red TapeEntrance Fees to Olympic National Park:
One Week - $15
One Year - $30
One Year to All National Parks and Recreation Areas - $80