Ride the Hurricane
This unique event allows cyclists to have the famed Olympic National Park Hurricane Ridge Road all to themselves and free of vehicles from 7AM-noon. This is not a race but a recreational ride with participation limited to 700 riders.
Riders will have two options as to where they can start; either at the entrance gate by Heart Of The Hills Campground for a 24 mile round trip or from the base of the lower ridge road which is 36 miles round trip. The 24 mile round trip starts at roughly 1100 feet, and the 36 mile RT starts at 700 and the summit is at 5200’. Registration for either ride option opens at 6AM at the Peninsula College parking lot. (Follow the signs) Riders may start the longer ride from the Peninsula College parking lot using the lower ridge road after registration, but the Heart Of The Hills access gate to the upper section of the Hurricane Ridge Road will not open until 7AM at which point all riders can proceed. The lower ridge road is not closed to traffic so please ride single file and be mindful of vehicles. The Ridge Road from the entrance station will be closed to vehicles except for a few event support vehicles so please be aware. Remember riders will be coming down at speed so it is important to ride in the right lane both going up and coming down. The ridge road will open to traffic at noon so all event riders need to be off the road by this time.
An informal after ride party will take place from 10AM until 1PM at the Peninsula College parking lot and all riders are encouraged to stop by.
The event will supply 4 aid stations which will have water and snacks available along with portable toilets. The Summit House will be open and snacks and beverages will be available. Celebratory “I made it to the top” photos will also be taken and available on line after the event.
Registration cost is a very reasonable $35 with $5 of every registration going to trail maintenance and development of the Olympic Discovery Trail. Each rider will receive a goodie bag with sponsor information and a cycling cap. All riders are required to sign a waiver (Click Here for waiver) and all riders must wear a cycling helmet. Signed waiver can be mailed or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring it to registration.
Spectators: New this year is a free event shuttle for guests of the riders. The shuttle will leave the Peninsula College Parking lot at 7:00am and Heart Of The Hills at 7:20am. Then leave the summit at 9:00am. It will make one more round trip leaving Peninsula College at 10:00am Heart of the Hills at 10:20am and then leave the summit at 11:30am.
Click here for some photos of the 2012 ride or follow this link for additional ride details.