Pedal up Hurricane Ridge

Tacoma News TribuneAugust 2, 2013 

Rick Beitelspacher and Dirk Pettitt work their way up Hurricane Ridge on July 25. They needed more than two hours to make the climb from the Port Angeles waterfront. They needed less than 40 minutes for the 20-mile return trip.

CRAIG HILL, STAFF WRITER

People wanting to ride their bikes up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park can do so Sunday during “Ride the Hurricane.”

The event is a recreational ride into the Olympic Mountains on the scenic Hurricane Ridge Road. The Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce is organizing the ride with sponsorship from several local businesses.

Participants have the option to start at one of two locations: the Heart O’ The Hills entrance gate for a 24-mile round trip or from Peninsula College, five miles north of the entrance gate, for a 36 mile-round trip.

Registration opens at 6 a.m. at the Peninsula College parking lot. Participants opting to ride the longer route from Peninsula College may start at 6 a.m. From the Heart O’ the Hills entrance gate, riders will climb 12 miles and more than 4,000 feet to Hurricane Ridge, which stands 5,242 feet above sea level. After completing their summit, riders will be allowed to descend at their own pace.

To make it safe for riders, the road will be closed to all vehicle traffic between the Heart O’ the Hills entrance station and Hurricane Ridge from 5 a.m.-noon. The road will open to traffic at noon when the event is finished.

The park will waive entrance fees at the Heart O’ the Hills entrance the rest of the day.

To register for the ride, go to portangeles.org/ride-the-hurricane.html. The cost is $35.

Staff report

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