29 Aug Olympic NP: Hurricane Ridge Blows Me Away
After driving over 5 hours yesterday to visit Olympic’s beaches and the Hoh Rainforest, we stuck closer to our campsite for our third and final day. But in Olympic, we didn’t need to drive far to experience some magnificent scenery.
We started by taking the 17 mile road from Port Angeles up, up, up! to the Hurricane Ridge visitor’s center. Hurricane Ridge has an elevation of about 5,200 feet. Since it’s located along the top of a mountain, if the weather is clear there has the potential to be really incredible views of the Olympic Mountains, the nearby Straight of Juan de Fuca, and the city of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. The catch is that it often is foggy and decidedly not clear.
Luckily, we couldn’t have had better weather during our visit. It was clear without a cloud in the sky! We did a few small hikes and I was so impressed with the views, the alpine mountains and the meadows filled with wildflowers. And, despite the name, it wasn’t breezy in the slightest!
After we visited Hurricane Ridge, we drove back down to Port Angeles for lunch along the waterfront. It was a beautiful city, with so many colorful flowers in planters scattered throughout!
After lunch, it was time for one final trek into Olympic. Our destination? Soleduck Falls.