Thursday, August 21, 2014

Olympic National Park–Hurricane Ridge

One of the defining features of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State is Olympic National Park.  The Olympic Range is a cluster of mountains that erupted out of the forces that created the Puget Sound.  It is a huge park.  It has many features, but our first foray into the park was to see its most noted vista of mountains – Hurricane Ridge.  Reportedly it was named by a very early explorer who viewed these mountain peaks on a super windy day so he named the string of peaks Hurricane Ridge.



DSCN1116Heading up the road to the viewing area and up at the top too were many of these black-tailed deer a relative of the mule deer.  (Note the large ears.)  These were the least afraid of deer we ever had seen.  This one walked by the back of our car only about 10 feet away from us and they were quite the photogenic bunch for everyone at the Visitor’s Center.


  1. I spent 10 days in each of two successive February's in the area for a work training at a resort called Alderbrook and the two things that still standout in my memory are the views of the snow covered Olympic Mountains and the delicious, huge oysters that came out of the Hood Canal.

  2. On our list for our next trip to Washington.