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 Courtesy of Dan Lau
Ride The Hurricane is a challenging, recreational cycling event which allows cyclists to climb through the gorgeous vistas of Hurricane Ridge Road in the Olympic National Park, absent of motorized vehicles. The road will be closed to all motorized 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. Registered participants also have the option to park at the Heart of the Hills ranger station at the entrance to Olympic National Park. For more information on the Ride the Hurricane Legacy Routes, clickHERE
CENTURY ROUTE (COMING IN 2021): DUE TO COVID 19 WE ARE NOT SUPPORTING THE CENTURY ROUTE, BUT ANTICIPATE OFFERING THIS FULLY SUPPORTED RIDE IN 2021. Next year cyclists will have the option to continue beyond the traditional Legacy Route and tackle the Olympic Discovery Century. This expanded route will combine a mile-high alpine ascent, downhill return, a mile and a half out to sea along Ediz Hook, and the ever-changing scenery of the Olympic Discovery Trail. For more info on this route click HERE
fully supported aid stations
Registered riders will have plenty of chances to fuel up. We’ll have five aid stations along the route with water and a variety of carb and protein loaded snacks, as well as an Emergency Medical unit on standby along the route. We will also have a refreshment station at the top, along with Imagination to Imagery Photography, for a summit photo (example below) available for purchase.
New this year
Timing System for the Ascent
Online Waivers & Registration
Custom RTH Maskas by Primal
Greater variety of Snacks at the Aid Stations
Assigned check in times
New Waterfront Registration & Finish Line location at Port Angeles City Pier
Round trip ride up the spectacular Hurricane Ridge road while it is closed to all motor vehicles
Wrist band for access to a variety high-energy snacks and water, at five aid stations along the route
Custom designed, Ride the Hurricane Maska gaiter by Primal
PLEASE NOTE: We anticipate the ride going forward, but in these uncertain times we cannot guarantee it. If the ride is canceled we will refund all registrations. We reserve the right to make changes to the event in order to comply with current guidelines and restrictions. We strongly urge you to subscribe to updates on this website so that you’ll receive the latest information.
Check In Information
To comply with safety requirements due to Covid 19, when they register cyclists will choose a 30 minute window for check in on ride day. Multiple cyclists may register as a group to receive the same check in window, however, each adult cyclist must complete an online individual release of liability waiver (see below). Minors under 18 must be included on an adult waiver. Time slots will fill in quickly, so sign up as soon as possible to secure your place. Online registration will close at 9:00 pm on Friday, July 31, 2020. Cyclists who register in advance can also take advantage of advance check in (see below) which will allow them to skip the check in window on ride day and begin the ride whenever they wish.
Online Advance Registration
The Olympic National Park limits the number of cyclists who can participate, and Covid 19 has created even more restrictions. By registering in advance you can be sure to reserve your spot for this one-of-a-kind ride. Those who register online will have the option for advance check in (see below) .
You can register in person and pick up all your ride materials on Friday, July 31st and Saturday June 1st, between 10 am and 4 pm at the Port Angeles Visitors Center, 121 E. Railroad Ave. (360) 452-2363. This will allow you to skip you assigned check-in window on the morning of the ride.
When you register online, you will also have the opportunity to donate to the Washington’s National Park Fund and the Peninsula Trails Coalition
Click on the foundation logos for more information on these fantastic organizations
The Peninsula Trails Coalition helps support the Olympic Discovery Trail, which is an major part of our Century Route
The Washington National Park Fund helps support the Olympic National Park, which provides the stunning backdrop from Ride the Hurricane
We’re expecting 800 cyclists, so we need lots of help checking people in, staffing aid stations to hand out snacks and Band Aids, assisting the cyclists when needed, and cheering them on when they reach the summit. Come spend the day in a beautiful place and represent Port Angeles at this incredible event. No experience necessary, and it’s a lot of fun! To sign up, or for more information, please clickHERE
Volunteering is a great way to be a part of this incredible event, even if you can’t ride. We’re looking for special people who can support the riders from start to finish, including registration, aid station staffing, cheering 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