Today seems like a great day to dream of the summer and what is to come after being cooped up in the house! The mountain portion of Olympic National Park is one of 3 distinct ecosystems within the park. From Forks and the Miller Tree Inn, the closest place to get your mountain “fix” is by driving up to Hurricane Ridge, just outside Port Angeles. Because Hurricane Ridge is roughly a 2 hour drive, from us, we tell our guests to consider making this trek on the way out to stay with us or on their way back to the Seattle area or wherever they are next heading.
It is curvy road up to Hurricane Ridge, but often you are able to catch a glimpse of deer or other wildlife and if you are really lucky, some wildflowers. We have found that July is usually the best month for wildflowers. Just as the snow is melting away, is the best time for wildflower viewing.
Always stop at the Visitor’s Center before making the drive up to the Ridge. There are many educational materials and displays and they will be able to tell you if there is visibility up on top. Once you get to the top, look at the schedule to see when the next Ranger walk or talk is. These are always worthwhile and we learn something new every time. Then take your time to explore the many trails on your own. In one direction, you will see the mountains in the interior of Olympic National Park. Do an about face, and you will be able to see across the Straits of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island in Canada.
Hurricane Ridge is a magical place on a clear day. Spectacular views with breezes and the scent of alpine air!