On Top of the World - Hurricane Ridge
The Olympic Peninsula in northwestern Washington state is a breathtakingly beautiful part of the country. Much of the peninsula is a national park. One of the most dramatic entries into the Olympic National Park is just south of Port Angeles. Mount Angeles Road traverses the 17 miles from the city up to the top of Hurricane Ridge. It takes 45 minutes to make the drive because of the twisty road and the elevation gain. Port Angeles sits at sea level, Hurricane Ridge tops out at over 5,400 feet.
The views are incredible. You are among the Olympic Mountains. Snow is common all times of the year. In fact during the winter months the road is only open on weekends, weather permitting. Hurricane Ridge gets 30 to 35 feet of snow in the typical winter.
There are several hiking trails ranging from paved flat trails near the visitor center to eight mile long trails filled with switchbacks and 5,000 feet of elevation change. There is also abundant wildlife on the Ridge. Deer are frequently seen, but remember they are wild and should not be approached.
Hurricane Ridge is only one small beautiful part of the Olympic National Park. The entire park covers over 1,500 square miles of mountains, old growth forest and seashore. It’s a great place to spend a day or a week.