Look, no cars! Bicyclists will get the very scenic (and steep) Hurricane Ridge Road in Olympic National Park to themselves on Sunday morning, Aug. 3.
Called “Ride the Hurricane,” it’s an annual recreational ride for all ages with the road closed to vehicles from 6 a.m. to noon. Hurricane Ridge Road winds up through the mountains, with views of peaks and the Strait of Juan de Fuca far below. From the road’s (and the bike ride’s) end, at the 5,200-foot-elevation Hurricane Ridge parking lot, there’s a panorama of Olympic peaks.
Choose from a 24-mile round-trip route or a 36-mile round-trip route. Be ready for a long slog up, and a thrilling ride down. The 24-mile route starts at about 1,100 feet. The 36-mile route starts at 700 feet. Both climb to the 5,200-foot parking area.
Get information and register (cost is $40) through the Ride the Hurricane page at the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce website.
For more on Hurricane Ridge and the park, see the recent Seattle Times stories on Olympic National Park, part of our series on the national parks of Washington.