Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington


The Olympic National Park is broken into many regions, the closest to Sequim (one hour) is the Hurricane Ridge area, so we drove over for a day to enjoy the views, see some wildlife, and take a short hike. After passing the Heath O’ the Hills visitor’s center just south of Port Angeles and paying our $15 entrance fee, we came upon the Hurricane Ridge area where there’s another small visitors center, cafeteria, and the start of some short hiking trails. We lucked out (well, not really ~ we had checked the weather) and had great weather with clear views of the various mountain ranges, bodies of water, and Canada.
We took a short combination hike of the Cirque Rim, Big Meadow and High Ridge Trails for about a mile to mile-and-a-half in length to Sunrise Point where we had a 360 degree panoramic view of the area. The meadows were bursting with wildflowers (more on that tomorrow), we saw quite a few deer along the way (some hiding in the brush), and incredible views. 

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