Park of Olympic Proportions

Olympic National Park takes up most of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State and 95% of it is designated as wilderness. Even with an extended visit to this part of the country, we knew we wouldn’t be able to see it all.

Thanks to an article by Richard and Ellen Thane in Travel Life (August 2004 — Bob saved this article knowing we’d come out this way eventually!), we narrowed our focus to day trips to the Hurricane Ridge area near Port Angeles where we hiked Hurricane Hill — elevation 5757 feet.

After walking trails in single file to pass streams of people coming the other way, the relative emptiness of this trail was invigorating.

We rested at the top…

…and peered throught the binocs to see Port Angeles and Victoria, BC, in the distance.

It’s always fun to discover the survey markers on these mountains, though this one, surprisingly, didn’t include the elevation.

Bears were in higher elevations, the rangers told us, but we did startle this grouse….

…though this deer, which grazed along the trail, posed for the hikers who edged past it.

Though we’ll have to save the coast and rain forest areas for another time, we drank in all that we could of the mountains during this visit.

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About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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