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Olympic National Park - Hurricane Ridge – Washington

Images of Olympic National Park Hurricane Ridge – Northwestern Washington, taken in May 2017.

There is a reoccurring theme to my visit to Olympic National Park; getting to see the things I either missed or was unable to see the last time I was here because of weather conditions. Hurricane Ridge falls into the latter category. When I was here in 2006 I barely caught a glimpse of the ridge as it was shrouded by clouds. I’d seen pictures of this spectacular area but on that day you would never know that it was there.

This time I would have a week to try to catch the area in all its glory and after several days of rain the skies parted and the forecast was for sunny to partly cloudy skies. My first attempt yielded the “partly cloudy” view but a few days later I returned under clear blue skies to see Hurricane Ridge as it was meant to be seen, unobstructed by clouds or fog, and it was magnificent! There are some sites that just inspire or leave you with a feeling of awe; Glacier Point in Yosemite, Denali from the Park Road, any point on the edge of the Grand Canyon, the Grand Tetons, the Rocky Mountains from the Trail Ridge Road…Hurricane Ridge is another one of those! Words can’t express the site of it and pictures can’t fully reveal the beauty of it. It must be seen with one’s own eyes.
Hurricane Ridge and the Bailey Range from the Visitor Center in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge and the Bailey Range from the Visitor Center in Olympic National Park
Mount Carrie (6,995 ft) along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mount Carrie (6,995 ft) along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mount Olympus (back right; 7,980 ft) and Blue Glacier along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mount Olympus (back right; 7,980 ft) and Blue Glacier along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mount Olympus behind the clouds along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mount Olympus behind the clouds along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge from the Hurricane Hill Road in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge from the Hurricane Hill Road in Olympic National Park
Stephen Peak (6,418 ft) along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Stephen Peak (6,418 ft) along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Peaks along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Peaks along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge viewed from along the Hurricane Hill Road in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge viewed from along the Hurricane Hill Road in Olympic National Park
Mount Ferry (6,195 ft) along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mount Ferry (6,195 ft) along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mount Carrie (right) and other peaks along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mount Carrie (right) and other peaks along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mule Deer along the park road to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mule Deer along the park road to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mount Olympus through a hole in the clouds along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mount Olympus through a hole in the clouds along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge fan poses in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge fan poses in Olympic National Park
Mountain peaks are islands in the clouds along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mountain peaks are islands in the clouds along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
A Black Eyed Junco at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
A Black Eyed Junco at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mountain peaks in the Bailey Range in Olympic National Park
Mountain peaks in the Bailey Range in Olympic National Park
Chimney Peak (6,917 ft) in the Bailey Range in Olympic National Park
Chimney Peak (6,917 ft) in the Bailey Range in Olympic National Park
A Snooty Grouse in the snow near the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park
A Snooty Grouse in the snow near the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park
Mount Cameron (7,190 ft) along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mount Cameron (7,190 ft) along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Southern view of the Bailey Range in Olympic National Park
Southern view of the Bailey Range in Olympic National Park
View of the Hurricane Ridge Road in Olympic National Park
View of the Hurricane Ridge Road in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge in the clouds in Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge in the clouds in Olympic National Park
Canon Camera fan at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park
Canon Camera fan at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park
Mount Ferry along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Mount Ferry along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
View of Hurricane Ridge from the park road in Olympic National Park
View of Hurricane Ridge from the park road in Olympic National Park