Ride the Hurricane set for Sunday

The “Ride the Hurricane” cycling event is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 6, on Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge Road.

To provide a safe experience for the event, Hurricane Ridge Road will be closed to all motor vehicle traffic starting at 7 a.m. and ending at noon; this applies to both uphill and downhill travel.

The road will reopen to traffic at noon when the event is concluded.

Access will remain open during the event on lower portions of Hurricane Ridge Road for the Lake Dawn residential area, Heart O’ the Hills Campground, and the Lake Angeles and Heather Park trail heads.

Olympic National Park will waive entrance fees at the Heart O’ the Hills entrance station for the rest of the day on Aug. 6.

The event, park officials said, will not affect the daily visitation quota established as a result of the recent Hurricane Ridge Day Lodge fire. Once the road reopens to vehicles at noon, the first 345 vehicles will be permitted to enter.

Clallam Transit will also be adjusting their shuttle schedule to accommodate the event. Regularly scheduled shuttles before noon will be cancelled. Only the 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. departures from Gateway Transit Center and 1:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. return trips from Hurricane Ridge will operate.

Ride the Hurricane is an event organized by the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce with sponsorship and support from local businesses. The event begins at sea level near the Port Angeles City Pier and ascends the entire length of Hurricane Ridge Road, which offers views of Olympic National Park. Participants must register for the event through the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about the Ride the Hurricane event, visit the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce website: portangeles.org.