Port Angeles, WA
Hurricane Ridge, the subalpine forest ecosystem of Olympic National Park, can be accessed by road from Port Angeles.
Since the ONP Visitor Center is located on the way to the ridge, we made that the first stop of the day.
|There were no measurements for the diameter of this tree, only that it was 670 years old.|
The drive up to the ridge is very scenic with lots of twists and turns
and even a few tunnels.
At an elevation of 5,242 feet, Hurricane Ridge (so named for its susceptibility to hurricane force winds) has it's own VC with an information desk, gift shop, restrooms and snack bar.
We arrived early to an almost empty parking lot and enjoyed the short trails in front of the VC.
Obstruction Point Road is a must do.
It's a gravely 8 mile winding road that can be narrow in some places to Lillian Ridge.
Lucky for me, there was no traffic which meant we could make frequent stops. It was wildflower season after all !
The road was lined with Avalanche Lilies. A first for me !
And another first, the Tiger Lily...
And one more first, a Seep Monkeyflower...
A few days later, we returned to the ridge to hike Hurricane Hill...another must do.
The trail had been closed our first visit for trail work and the capture of mountain goats (to be relocated).
The 3.2 mile (round trip) in and out trail may be short, but it is steep with an elevation gain of +652 feet.
The trail begins near treeline on a paved path (broken up in lots of places for repair).
It's a gradual climb at first...
then, we found ourselves in the clouds surrounded by alpine meadows !
The trail levels out briefly at the base of Hurricane Hill's glaciated cirque... "A bowl-shaped depression with very steep sides that form at the head of a mountain glacier."...I had to look that up.
A short section of three switchbacks resume on a steep climb to the top of Hurricane Hill at an elevation of 5,757 feet.
|Checking out the trail as we begin the return hike.|
|looking down on Port Angeles...|
|Peek-a-boo...I see you!|
|Tiny purple flowers caught my eye on Obstruction Point Road|
|Steep and narrow with something beautiful around every turn...|
|Hiking among the clouds...|
HAPPY TRAILS !