Hurricane Ridge is in the Olympic National Park, NW corner of Washington state. The Ridge is popular for its spectacular views, wildlife and flowers, informative Visitor Center, and easy access.
And the trails. Easy trails, hard trails, shorter trails, long. All of them breath-taking.
Too bad pets are not allowed on these trails.
That does not mean pets are barred from the entire Hurricane Ridge.
Take Your Pets
I’m lucky. I live near the road to the Hurricane Ridge. We can easily escape up to the mountain for fresh air and perspective. The dogs love the smells, the views, the stretching of legs, and the wildlife.
Don’t let the Olympic National Park’s pet policy deter you from bringing your dogs up to Hurricane Ridge! (Just keep them leashed at all times.) The areas that ARE pet-friendly make the trip worth your while …
The Visitor Center’s Patio
At the top of Hurricane Ridge Road is the parking lot and the Visitor Center. Take your leashed pets down either staircase on the out sides of the Center.
Behind the Visitor Center there is a patio, populated by picnic tables and a low wall. The view from the patio is uninterrupted. My dogs love looking for birds and watching people eat.
The gift shop, restaurant and restrooms are just inside the patio doors. No pets are allowed inside, however.
The Parking Lot
It doesn’t sound very sexy, but there’s a big parking lot with a sidewalk around much of it, including benches at overlooks …
and unconcerned wildlife wander by for a mutual look-see (very exciting.)
Note: Although it’s cooler up high in the mountains, the parking lot is in full sun with no shade, so use caution if you need to leave pets in the car while you run into the Visitor Center. Please don’t leave them alone to go on a hikes or for more than a few minutes, though. Read on for hiking with pets options…
What most people don’t realize when they come to the top of Hurricane Ridge is that the road does not stop at the Visitor Center parking lot. There are 1.5 miles of paved road starting at the far end of the lot.
This 1.5 miles includes several parking lots, picnic areas and overlooks … all of where pets are allowed!
Hurricane Hill Road is very pretty even just to drive …
But if you do walk it with your dogs, be careful because the shoulder is often only inches wide …
… and sometimes with sharp curves …
… with several amazing overlooks …
Hurricane Ridge is Dog-Approved
Dogs don’t get to hike (most of the) spectacular trails in the Olympic National Park, that’s true. But they still enjoy what the Ridge does offers them. And if they get to do it with you … it’ll be a good dog trip.
National Park Service “Visitor Centers”: http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm
National Park Service “Visiting Hurricane Ridge”: http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/visiting-hurricane-ridge.htm
Hurricane Ridge Area Trails: http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/upload/Hurricane.pdf