Saturday, March 7, 2009

Olympic National Park, Washington: Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge is the best place to see the snow-capped mountains of Olympic National Park ... even on a foggy, rainy morning.

The road to the Ridge goes more or less south from Port Angeles for about 19 miles. It's also more or less straight up -- something like a mile. We weren't optimistic about the view for about the first 4,000 of those feet, even though the ranger at the entrance said we'd be above the clouds. She was right. You can see the clouds dancing below the mountains in the photograph below. You could take three of these photos side by side to get the full, panoramic effect of looking out at the range.

By the way, bring a coat for this drive. It was 39 degrees the morning we arrived, a drop of almost 20 degrees from sea level.

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