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 Tim. W.

Ride the Hurricane is brought to you by the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce

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. 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 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 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 visit The Olympic Discovery Century

Photo below courtesy of Louis Carriere

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Ride the Hurricane entry | $60

Century Route | $75

Jerseys | $60

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 at the summit and along the route
Emergency Medical Unit on standbyOnline registration and liability Waivers

*Please read the Terms and Conditions of registration

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.


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

Pick up your ride armband and purchased jerseys on Friday & Saturday before the ride. This will allow you to skip check-in on ride day and head up the mountain whenever you wish.

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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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! Please visit here to sign up or for more information

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) Cherese Timmer

Photo below courtesy of Ron Eccles