Saturday is a free entrance day at Olympic National Park in celebration of the opening weekend of National Park Week. Lets take advantage by snowshoeing to Hurricane Hill. There is currently 78 inches of snow at the Hurricane Ridge weather station and the forecast is for snow after 11:00 am, with a high of 39 degrees. Afterwards, we may stop somewhere for hot chocolate or dinner. I will need up to 3 people willing to drive.
Excerpt from “Snowshoe Routes” by Dan A. Nelson
Hurricane Ridge is the preeminent destination for folks who want to see the beauty of Olympic National Park any time of the year. When winter rolls in and the broad, sweeping meadows of the ridge are blanketed in snow, and the high jagged peaks of Bailey Range are swaddled in white, the area is unbelievably beautiful. All the best--and some of the worst--aspects of snowshoeing are found here. Wide, wonderful panoramic views; alpine meadows of rolling snowdrifts; frosted evergreens and dark, brooding forests; and occasionally, frigid, scouring winds that blind all visitors with white-out conditions.
Hurricane Ridge, and the snowshoe hike to Hurricane Hill, offers the best views in the park of majestic Mount Olympus. The peak so captivated early explorers with its beauty that the mountain was deemed worthy of being home to the gods.
Our route: We'll be taking Hwys 16 & 3 to the Hood Canal Bridge, then Hwys 104 & 101 through Port Angeles.
• Trailhead ETA: 9:30 am. • Round Trip: 6.0 miles.
• Starting Elevation: 5,250 feet. • Ascent Elevation: 800 feet.
• High Point: 5,760feet. • Difficulty: Easy/moderate.
• Pace: Slow/moderate. • Snowshoe Time: 6.0 hours.
• Special Features: Mountain views.
• Maps: Green Trails Elwha North-Hurricane Ridge, No. 134S.
• GPS: N[masked], W[masked]
What to Bring: Day pack with the 10 Essentials, appropriate snowshoe attire (no blue jeans, cotton clothing, or sneakers), snowshoes, gaiters, gloves, plenty of water, lunch/energy snacks, sturdy/comfortable shoes + a bag for wet/soiled pairs, trekking poles, sun preventatives, and your camera! Dress according to the forecast (layers!).
Contact: Olympic National Park Visitor Center, (360) 565-3130.
Permits/Regulations: $15 per vehicle for a 7-day entrance permit or $30 per vehicle for an annual pass. Group size limited to twelve. Fires prohibited. Dogs prohibited.
Getting there: From Port Angeles leave US 101 near milepost 249, following Race Street south 1.2 miles to Hurricane Ridge Road (Heart o' the Hills Parkway) and passing the Olympic National Park Visitors Center and Wilderness Information Center. In the summer, drive 17.5 miles to the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center and continue 1.5 miles farther on the narrow Hurricane Hill Road to trailhead parking. In the winter, stop at the visitors center. Water and restrooms available at the visitors center.
Useful Links: 7-Day Weather Forecast
Robert's Cell: (253)[masked]
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