Thursday, April 9, 2015

H is for Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge is a mountainous area in the Olympic National Forest.  Accessed by a gently-twisting road just south of Port Angeles, you will see an amazing variety of trees, flowers, and meadow area on your way to the top.  Once at the top, however, the panorama is spectacular with views of Mount Olympus (7980 feet), glaciers, and the wilderness.  At an elevation of 5242 feet, the Visitors' Center offers food, a picnic area, a gift shop, Ranger-led walks and talks, and if you're lucky, black-tailed deer wandering through the meadow area. Here are just a few shots from our visit there last August.

A map of the general area

This sign is better than any photo I could take - it took six shots for me to get the whole Ridge
This little guy walked right through the Visitors' Center area and then settled under a tree
A shot on our way down from the Ridge
This sign becomes very important in the winter months as the Ridge gets a lot of snow and road closures are frequent


  1. I adore state and national parks. I'm a big believer in taking advantage of visiting them. Hurricane Ridge looks lovely!

  2. What a beautiful park! The title of 'Hurricane Ridge' is tantalizing.

    Over from the A to Z.