Route Information

Photo Courtesy of Ruth Kuch

THE ROUTE | The route starts at Port Angeles City Pier for a true Sea-level beginning, and ends at the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center. It is a challenging round trip with a maximum grade of 11.2% and a thrilling downhill payoff after the climb to the top. The road to Hurricane Ridge will be closed to motor vehicles from 7 a.m. to noon, providing the unique opportunity to enjoy a summertime ride on a closed National Park Road.

Read the Detailed Route description to learn the different elements of the ride

Links to interactive maps, including mileage, grade percentages, elevation gains, and aid station locations

Food & aid stations

Donna Soder from the Bike Garage takes great care of cyclists at the Heart of the Hills aid station.

Aid stations will have the basics of fruit, energy bars, water, and Gatorade, but each station will also have its own unique snacks

  • Ride Start – mile 0, fruit bars, coffee, and donuts
  • Aid Station #1 – 7.2 miles from ride start, Sponsored by The Bike Garage. Snacks, Water, Portable toilet and handwashing sink. 3.8 miles to the next aid station, 12.9 miles to the top (closes at noon)
  • Aid Station #2 – 11.1 miles from the ride start, Sponsored by The Clallam County YMCA, Snack, Water, Portable toilet, EMT unit on standby at this location (closes at 11:45 am)
  • Aid Station #3 – 13.7 miles from the start, Sponsored by Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce (closes at 11:30 am)
  • Aid Station #4 – 17 Miles from ride start, Sponsored by Brown’s Outdoor (closes at 11:30 am)
  • Aid Station #5 – 18.3 miles from ride start, Sponsored by Dancing Hands Drumming Group (closes at 11:30 am)
  • Mile High Chocolate Milk Station – 19.8 miles from the ride start (closes at 11:30 am)
  • After Ride Party at the Pier – Ride finish, Taco Bar and Local, Craft Beer!

Detailed Route Description

Start – Port Angeles City Pier at the edge of the Port Angeles Harbor Segment 1 – Mile 0-.6 – Ride along the Olympic Discovery Trail – This is a short ride about half a mile along the scenic Waterfront Trail section of the ODT Segment 2 – Mile .6-2.1 – Ride through residential streets – After riding through the 9/11 Memorial park, head up Francis St., turn right on Race St. and ride to the beginning of lower Hurricane Ridge Road Segment 3 – Mile 2.1 – 7.2 – Lower Hurricane Ridge Road – This is the longest stretch between aid stations, and many say that it’s one of the toughest parts of the ride. This section of the road will be open to local traffic only. Segment 4 – Mile 7.2 – 20.1 – Enter National Park. Hurricane Ridge Road is closed to motor vehicles from here to the summit. The rest of the ride is a gorgeous ascent into Olympic National Park, winding past old growth forest as you climb deeper into the park. The views will get increasingly more stunning, with aid stations every two to three miles to help you fuel up.

The Tunnels: Segment #4 includes three short tunnels just past Aid Station #2. Lights are not needed. Click on the image below to view a video of a ride through the tunnels.

Photo below courtesy of Louis Carriere