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 Courtesy of Dan Lau

Photo below courtesy of Robin Hood

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Route Information

Photo Courtesy of Ruth Kuch

Ride The Hurricane is not a race, but a challenging, recreational cycling event that allows participants 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, click HERE

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 AscentOnline Waivers & Registration
Custom RTH Maskas by PrimalGreater variety of Snacks at the Aid Stations
Assigned check in timesNew Waterfront Registration & Finish Line
location at Port Angeles City Pier
Photo Courtesy or Mark Sinnott, Photography by Imagination to Imagery

Photo below courtesy of Louis Carriere

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2020 Register

Thanks for a great event! Mark your Calendars for Sunday, august 1st, 2021

We have a few extra jerseys left for purchase, $60 each includes shipping. Please email <a href="http://events@portangeles.org with the size you’re interested in getting (Men’s/Women’s, size range XS – 3XL) and we’ll let you know if we have any available.

Sunday, August 2nd

$60 per person


  • 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 seven aid stations along the route
  • A deluxe aid station at the summit with a wide selection of treats and beverages
  • Timed ascent
  • Custom Maska gaiter

every participant will receive a custom designed maska gaiter by primal

PLEASE NOTE: We anticipate the ride going forward, but in these uncertain times we can’t 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.


We have a several 2020 jerseys left, as well as a handful of 2019 jerseys. Email <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://events@portangeles.org to let us know which size you’d like, and we’ll let you know if it’s available. Custom designed by Primal, and only $60. The cost includes shipping. Expect delivery the week of 9/18.

The Olympic National Park limits the number of cyclists who can participate, and Covid 19 has created even more restrictions. Same-day registration will not be available this year so that we can fully prepare for the number of participants, and have enough volunteers in place to keep the event crowd-free. Please note that registration is a two part process of choosing time slot with cyclist information and entry fee, and submitting an online release of liability waiver, which must be completed prior to the ride.

Online registration ends on Friday, July 31st at 9 pm

Check In Information

Event day check in is at Port Angeles City Pier. To ensure social distancing, each cyclist 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 individual online release of liability waiver. Minors must be listed on an adult waiver. Please Do Not show up prior to your check in window. Participants can also take advantage of advance check in, which will allow them to begin the ride whenever they wish.

Advance Check in

If possible, we urge participant to check in early and pick up all their ride materials on Friday, July 31st or Saturday June 1st, between 9 am and 7 pm at the Port Angeles Visitor Center. To have another cyclist check in for you and pick up your ride materials, use the contact link to email permission. Those who take advantage of this option do not need to check in on Sunday, and can start the ride up to the Ridge whenever they’d like.

The Port Angeles Visitors Center is located at 121 E. Railroad Ave, Downtown Port Angeles

When you register online, you will also have the opportunity to donate to 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 for Ride the Hurricane

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Photo below photo courtesy of Richard Schneider

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We need lots of help to coordinate this event with an abundance of social distancing, for our participants and our volunteers. 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 click HERE

click here to volunteer

Help support the riders from start to finish, including distanced check in, 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

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) Ken Norbe 9) Cherese Timmer

Photo below courtesy of Ron Eccles