Backside of a Hurricane

Hurricane Hill, that is! After hiking the common side of Hurricane Hill in Olympic National Park a few times, we decided to drive a little farther to the Elwah Ranger Station area and hike it from the other side.

Our greeters near the trailhead weren’t very talkative, but they were friendly:

Before we even started along the trail, we couldn’t help noticing the heavy moss (or maybe lichen? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished I’d taken a botany class…) that clung heavily to branches and limbs — even the tree trunks!

This drenched the forest in green, and made us feel as though we’d bump into Hansel and Gretal or Little Red Riding Hood at any moment.

But we didn’t cross their paths… nor anybody else’s, for that matter. Just one other vehicle sat in the small parking area at the trailhead when we left.

We weren’t entirely alone, however. These enormous slugs (5-6″ long) crawled over the trail often enough that we watched our step to avoid accidentally squishing one!

The trail didn’t offer any sweeping, panoramic views across a stunning valley or lake; it simply wound through the amazingly dark and damp and gorgeous forest.

Coupled with the solitude and respite from human noise this remote trail offered, this was by far our favorite Olympic National Park hike yet.

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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