Hurricane Ridge is one of Olympic National Park’s most iconic destinations and the easiest place to access the Olympic Mountains. On your way up to Hurricane Ridge you pass the Olympic National Park Visitor Center. We suggest you stop in and take a look. There are park rangers happy to answer your questions. You can also pick up information about the Junior Ranger program, find out about interpretive programs, and learn about conditions around the park.
On your way up the mountain there are a lot of pullouts where you can see the spectacular view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. On a clear day you can see Victoria, British Columbia. (*Helpful hint, It is a lot easier to get into the pullouts on your way back down the mountain.) When you get to the top there is a lodge with information, gift shop, and café. There are many hikes accessible from Hurricane Ridge but if you are looking for something a little less active the top is a great place to have a picnic and just take in the mountain vistas.
Lake Crescent is an easy 30 minute drive from downtown Port Angeles and well worth it! It is officially the second deepest lake in Washington State. Carved from glaciers, Lake Crescent is known for its brilliant blue waters and exceptional clarity. Lake Crescent is a popular place for kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, and swimming. Many hiking trails surround the lake. If you are looking for something a little more mellow or a good place to eat after your adventures, stop at the historic Lake Crescent Lodge. Take a seat on one of the many adirondack chairs and enjoy the view or head into the lodge where you will find a gift shop and a fantastic restaurant with Olympic Coast Cuisine.