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Hurricane Ridge Ride
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tLw, the next ride is scheduled for Saturday August 19th. Should the weather report be for greater than a 40% chance of showers I would reschedule the ride for the next Saturday, August 26th. My next ride will be my 30th ride to the top and my 25th year of doing this. In addition this ride is VERY SPECIAL for me since I will be doing it in memory of my daughter Lisa. She had always wanted to do this ride with me but passed on before that happened. This year is the 10th anniversary of her passing and I hope to leave a photo of her at the top of Hurricane Hill. Feel free to join us. I am 69 so if I can do this ride so can you.
We will take the Coho ferry to Port Angeles and cycle on a paved road from sea level to nearly 1 mile up (5242 feet exactly, just a few feet short of a mile) over an 18 mile (or 29 KM) uphill stretch of beautiful scenery. This distance is from the lower Visitor Center which itself is about 3.5 KM from the Coho ferry dock. The hill grade (slope) may be viewed here.
, who is over 75 years young started this annual tradition.
Bob has completed this ride at least 26 times.
When at the top and on a clear day, a very short hike allows one to see Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The view is spectacular. It is highly recommended that you take this trip only on a mainly sunny day. It is no fun walking around in the clouds and/or rain at the top.
The Coho ferry leaves Victoria at 6:10 AM and arrives back at Victoria at 2:45 PM or 6:55 PM depending on whether we catch the 12:45 or 5:15 PM sailing back from Port Angeles. The ONE way cost is $18.50 US per person and $6.50 US for the bike (as of 2016-07-10). Canadian cash, US cash, Visa, Mastercard, or traveler's cheque are accepted.
If you are from the U.S. and would like to come along, we leave the lower Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center about 8:30 AM. You could also meet us at the Black Ball Ferry terminal at 8:00 AM and cycle with us from there.
You may cycle at your own pace or cycle with a group but we all meet at the top. Traditionally we have all travelled down together between about 3 and 3:30 PM.
This is a great one day bike trip and a formidable personal challenge. To see how this hill compares with others in B.C. and Alberta check out this table of Mountain Passes. All finishers of this hill are HIGH achievers!
In order to get into the U.S. a Passport is now required. A BC drivers licence and your birth certificate and/or Canadian Citizenship document are NO longer good enough.
From the Coho Ferry Terminal, turn left onto Railroad Ave. About 1/2 a block down, turn right (heading south) onto Laurel St. Two blocks further, turn left (heading east) down 1st Street. About 5 blocks down 1st Street, turn right (heading south) down Race St. This road will take you to the "Olympic National Park Visitor Center" (on your right). From Race St. turn right up the "Heart of the Hills Parkway" and you only have 18 miles (about 29 kilometers) left to go.
My Recommendations for First Time Cyclists:
Pace yourself Stop at all view points and have a snack Take at least 2 liters of sports drink along If it is a cool day (60 F or less) take leg warmers and arm warmers Take tire irons and one tube (just in case you get a flat) If you think this ride is too tough check out this.
Please keep these points in mind:
My first ride up on a heavy mountain bike with both bike bags took me over 3 hours. So pacing is very important. You have from 8:30 am (when most people leave the lower Visitor Center) to 3:30 PM to make it. That leaves 1 hour to cycle down (easy for anyone to make that time) and that takes us to 4:30 pm and leaves 1/2 hour in case you get a flat (to 5:00 pm) and still have 15 minutes to spare till the 5:15 pm ferry leaves for Victoria. I know a 72 year old who made it up in 4 hours and one woman who had done no training and had a heavy mountain bike with loaded bags who took just over 5 hours. A bike racer does it in 1 1/2 hours or less (from the Lower Visitor Center). The fastest bike racer time I am aware of is 1:15. Maybe Lance Armstrong could do it in 1 hour (but I doubt it). He would have to average 29 KM/hour up that hill.