Olympic National Park
One of the perks of visiting my parents in Sequim is that it's adjacent to Olympic National Park. Two days before Christmas I drove up to Hurricane Ridge for a snowshoe day hike.
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Hurricane Ridge Road
Hurricane Ridge Road is also called Heart of the Hills Road. It is often closed due to snow storms and avalanches, and winds up from apx. sea level to 5,200 feet.
I hiked along a ridge from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center northeast towards Mt Angeles.
I ran into a group of Telemark skiers who had climbed up from the road below. One by one they plunged off, down to the saddle and from there down to the road.
Looking north towards the ocean, which is under a thick layer of clouds.
Mt. Angeles is 6,454 feet.
The highest peaks of the Olympic mountains are just under 8,000 feet.
Looking southeast. Heart of the Hills Road can been seen down below.
This was taken on the hike back. Being above the clouds accentuates just how high the Olympics are.
Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center
This was taken from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. The tracks are from a father and his daughter; they had just been playing in the snow.