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Hurricane Ridge

Olympic National Park, Olympic National Park, WA
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Hiking Trails
Activities: Driving, Skiing
Description: A 17-mile stretch of winding road through dense forests and alpine ice-covered peaks.
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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Basically you drive straight up out Port Angeles for about 25 miles. And you get to this amazingly beautiful place. Just go there. Amazing views of snow-peaked mountains and the Pacific. At the same time.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Hurricane ridge is approximately 5000 ft about sea level. It's a 20 minute drive up from Port Angeles, but the road is smooth as silk, with no horrendous switchbacks. The view from the top (on a clear day, which we were lucky enough to have) is superb - across to the snow capped Olympic Mountains, Mt Olympus and the glacier.... More

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Long Beach, CA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I had to blink several times to be sure I was really seeing the view layed out in front of me. Such vast vistas of green, green, green. Trees, hundreds, thousands, millions of trees everywhere. And to my right, ancient glaciers shone brightly on the many peaks that make up the Olympic Range. Beautiful, breathtaking. They have a great Visitor... More

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Encinitas, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It does promise nice views, but I found the hiking to be pretty blazing hot out in the sun. The trail wasn't tree lined, so shade was scarce.

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth exploring. The day we went was less impressive than the Ridge is capable of. The cloud cover and fog blanketed the entire area and there was not much to see/do except the short hike at the end of the parking lot - that was definitely worth checking out.

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Corning, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I went in summer so there was very little snow around. Rain, fog, drizzle and sunshine all in a few hours. I think our trailhead was called Obstruction Point, and it's quite a hilly drive. We hiked to Moose Lake and saw marmots, chipmunks and deer. Tons of wild flowers too. You start @ the top aprox 6,000 feet and... More

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California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
55 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We went to the Hurricane Ridge area after having been to the Mount Rainier and Mount Baker/Heather Meadows areas. So our expectations were high. The Olympic mountain range is surely nice, but we were a bit underwhelmed after having hiked the Skyline trail at Mount Rainier and the Chain Lakes loop at Mount Baker

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Sherwood, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Loved the tame wildlife. Saw a doe with 2 fawns who still had their spots at about 6pm, and saw a buck with a full rack silhouetted against the twilight sky at about 8:30. Super cool.

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Aldergrove, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The scenery here is so amazing. You feel very small surrounded by the mountains and valleys. The trails are easy to navigate, some are more difficult than others but it is all listed in the papers from the booth where you buy your entrance pass. We saw marmots, chipmunks and a mountain goat. If you are lucky to visit on... More

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Sunnyvale, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Do not miss this drive if you are visiting the Olympic National park. The views are stunning. Both hikers and non hikers can enjoy this spot.

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