Hurricane Ridge is a mountainous area in Olympic National Park in northwestern Washington State, about an hour’s drive from Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. At an elevation of 5,242 feet (1,598 meters), Hurricane Ridge can be accessed year-round. In the summer there are hiking trails, although in early July we found several trails closed due to snow on the trails. The trails offer spectacular views (see photographs, below). In the winter, downhill skiing is offered at the family oriented hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area
The Olympic Peninsula contains coast, forest and mountain ecosystems that combine to create a spectacular wilderness area. The Olympic Peninsula is home to eight Native American tribes that developed complex hunter-gatherer societies and continue to keep their traditions alive. European explorers who ventured here in the late 1700s heralded the way for homesteaders. The Olympics were set aside as a national monument in 1909 and further protected as Olympic National Park in 1938. Today the park is internationally recognized as a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, testimony to the rich resources of the region.
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