ONP has stated that the public comments during the General Management Plan process did not address weekday access.
Nearly all the comments were in favor of increased winter access and increased winter use. No comments recommended decreased access, except to the downhill ski area.
Some relevant public comments:
“I believe every effort should be made to keep all existing roads open and maintained for public access… The Hurricane Ridge road alone should have year-round access, including every effort to keep it open during the winter months”
“A couple of issues that need to be addressed are better access to Hurricane Ridge and Deer Park during the winter months…road crews work on an as needed basis earlier in the week to stay ahead…”
“Having Hurricane Ridge open more often and more consistently would be a big plus to our business community”- Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce, representing over 500 local businesses.
The few negative comments were mostly opposed to the ski area, which would not operate during the week, allowing more opportunity for those that prefer more solitude.