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A ridge to remember

You could call it one-stop mountain scenery, as the Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge offers views of nearly 20 peaks on a clear day. Hurricane Ridge is the most accessible landmark in the park located on the state’s Olympic Peninsula, a 17-mile drive from Port Angeles. It’s all paved road and open throughout much of the year, even during the winter season, weather permitting. But don’t let the relatively short distance from town fool you. The twisting uphill climb to Hurricane Ridge isn’t for those in a hurry. Besides, why rush? The journey is part of the enjoyment at Hurricane Ridge. Whether it’s wildflowers, snow-capped peaks or wildlife practically at arm’s reach, Hurricane Ridge is a must-see when you trek to Olympic National Park. Of course, the park itself is daunting in size and scope, containing its own rain forest eco-system. And there are areas of Olympic National Park that pose more of a challenge in terms of access, for those looking for a vigorous climb or hike. But if you want to start with the most accessible, and direct attraction in Olympic National Park, then make Hurricane Ridge a ridge to remember.

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The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center offers great views and a place to catch your breath. The center also features a gift shop and café for those needing a break.

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Young and old can easily access the beauty and sights offered at Hurricane Ridge.

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Summer announces itself in colorful fashion at Hurricane Ridge with seasonal blossoms.

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A guided tour is one way to gain a deeper appreciation of Hurricane Ridge.

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Wildlife, like this deer enjoying a mid-morning snack, is within arm’s reach at Hurricane Ridge.

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Lodging and camping are available at Olympic National Park, including the Hurricane Ridge area. Campers, in particular, are cautioned about attracting wildlife, like this warning posted on a picnic table.

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Interpretive tableaus near the visitor center provide a host of information on flora and fauna. This sign identifies the nearly 20 peaks visible from Hurricane Ridge.

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