a ride like no other

Each year on the first Sunday in August, cyclists have the extraordinary opportunity to ride the iconic Hurricane Ridge road when it is closed to all motor vehicles. Starting at sea level from the Port Angeles City Pier, or from the optional start at the Heart of the Hills ranger station, riders ascend through the Olympic National Park, past old growth fir, distant glaciers, and Alpine Meadows, to the stunning viewpoints of Hurricane Ridge.

For one special morning the road belongs only to the cyclists.

Photo by Tim W,

Photo by Heidi Austin

Photo by Karen McDonald

Photo below courtesy of Ron Eccles

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Route Information

Photo Courtesy of Ruth Kuch

Ride The Hurricane is not a race, but a challenging, recreational ride through the gorgeous vistas of Hurricane Ridge Road in the Olympic National Park, absent of motorized vehicles. The road will be closed to motor traffic from 7 am to 12 pm, providing the unique opportunity to enjoy a summertime ride on a closed National Park road.


THE LEGACY ROUTE | This route has a new starting point from the Port Angeles City Pier for a true Sea-level beginning. For more information on the Ride the Hurricane Legacy Route, click The Legacy Route

CENTURY ROUTE | Continue beyond the traditional Legacy Route and tackle the Olympic Discovery Century. This expanded route will combine a a mile and a half ride out to sea along Ediz Hook, mile-high alpine ascent, downhill return, and the ever-changing scenery of the Olympic Discovery Trail. For more info visit The Olympic Discovery Century

Photo below courtesy of Louis Carriere

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We have reached the number of cyclists allowed by the Olympic National Park. However, we do have a waitlist. See below to see the latest update of the waitlist length. Sunday, July 18th is the last day to cancel for a refund so we anticipate slots opening up then. There is no obligation if you get on the waitlist but you must respond within 24 hours if you’re offered a registration or we’ll move on to the next name on the list. If you’re already registered be sure to complete the release of liability waiver.

Number of cyclists on the waitlist:As of 8:30 pm, July 18th

103 cyclists

2021 ride the hurricane

Advance Check-in on Friday & Saturday before the rideSea to Summit ride with a waterfront start at Port Angeles City Pier
Fully supported Century Route!Hurricane Ridge Road closed to motor vehicles from 7am-12pm
Well-equipped Aid Stations with a variety of snacksWashington State Flag-inspired jersey available to purchase during registration
Food & Local Brew after the RideLeaderboard Challenge for the ascent
Free Parking at both start locationsProfessional photographers by at the summit and along the route
Emergency Medical Unit on standbyOnline registration and liability Waivers

*Please read the Terms and Conditions of registration

Ride the Hurricane entry | $60

Century Route | $75

Jerseys | $60

Register for Ride the hurricane 2021

Each participant 18+ must also complete a Release of Liability Waiver, and minor participants must be listed on an adult waiver. Waiver can be done any time.

E-Bikes are not prohibited, but for safety reasons they are not recommended for this ride. If you decide to ride an E-Bike please make a note in the comments section of your registration so that we can plan as safely as possible.


This unique jersey, inspired by the Washington State Flag, is a nod to what an incredible place this is to live, to work, and to visit. Jerseys are available for purchase during registration.

Our deadline has passed to order jerseys with a guaranteed delivery by ride day, but we’ll do our best to have your available if you order now. Otherwise we’ll ship it to you 4-6 weeks after the ride. Email events@portangeles.org if you have any questions.

These jerseys are the Elite cut made by Primal, which are form-fitting and aerodynamic. Order a size up to match standard sizing.

early check-in

Skip the line and head up the mountain whenever you want! Pick up your ride bib and purchased jerseys on Friday & Saturday before the ride.

Friday, 7/30 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Saturday, 7/31 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Early check-in will be at the Port Angeles Visitors Center, 121 E. Railroad Ave (right next to the City Pier)

If you’d like to have a friend pick up your ride packet please send an email with permission to Events@portangeles.org

*We will do everything possible to provide the complete ride experience as described at registration, however, it may be necessary to make changes, substitutions, or adjustment to the event details in order to comply with current health and safety regulations and National Park restrictions. If anything changes we promise to let you know, so check back here often for updates. We strongly recommend that you subscribe below in order to get the latest information.

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Photo below photo courtesy of Richard Schneider

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This is one of the most fun volunteer gigs you’ll ever do. Come hang outside in a beautiful place with a bunch of great people. The first 30 people who sign up will get a Ride the Hurricane volunteer tee-shirt!

Help support the riders from start to finish. Help check them in, staff an aid station, cheer for them as they reach the summit, and much more. Come join the team!

Pictures Courtesy of: 1) Mike Moreland 2) Richard Schneider 3) Vollum 4) Cherese Timmer 5) Leslie Robertson 6) Jen Peterson

Photo below by Alex Juan

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a very special ride

Photo Courtesy of Dave Toman (Prototype by Toussaint)
Video by Alex Juan

Photos courtesy of: 1) Julie Hoffman 2) Jeff Scooler 3) Jen Petersen 4) Carl Ringler 5) Dave Logan 6) Ron Eccles 7) Jan Snow 8) Cherese Timmer

Photo below courtesy of Ron Eccles