Elwha to Hurricane Hill Trail
ElevationAscent: 5,215' 1,589 m
Descent: -17' -5 m
High: 5,660' 1,725 m
Low: 463' 141 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“Rise from the Elwha River to the stunning panoramic slopes of Hurricane Hill.”— Doug Scott
While difficult, this outing will give views that few ever take the time to see. While you could technically take this route down from Hurricane Hill to the Elwha, climbing up the steep slopes to finally gain a view of one of the best panoramas in America make this a classic run for those needing a slow and steady leg burning trip.
Starting out in the forest and working your way up to the one of the best views in America takes work, and this trail will work your legs and your spirit, as the steady incline tires out mind, body, and soul. However, once the first glimpse of the Olympic interior expands to the horizon, your legs will feel more fresh, and most visitors find that they have a new resolve to reach the top of this trail.
With a combination of switchbacks, steep sections, areas that could leave your feet damp if you arent wearing waterproof shoes, and gorgeous meadows with deer and marmots, the run up the backside of Hurricane Hill has a bit of everything. Snow will often linger late into the summer, giving you a place to cool down before continuing to climb in elevation. While steep, this trail does give breaks in the climb, often enough to make this a quite enjoyable, downright amazing outing. It isnt every park that gives you the chance to see a river with salmon near the trailhead and ends with views of glaciated peaks of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, but this trail gives you that and more.
For those looking for a unique adventure, this is the trail that could give you the perfect wilderness experiences.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Olympic National Park