There are hundreds of miles of trail to be hiked here. On foot is the only way to get into the heart of the park. Today, we chose to drive the 17 miles up Hurricane Ridge to hike a short distance along the High Ridge Trail.
|A rugged mountainscape|
We got a relatively early start. Today, early was good because we were fortunate to have a few views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca before the clouds rolled in. The trailhead left the parking lot at Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and gained and lost, and gained and lost a couple hundred feet in elevation. There were a couple of steep spots, but they didn’t last long. This trail had it all--open meadows, ridge-line exposure, terrific views of the Strait, and a short woods walk. Then there was the wildlife. We saw several black tailed deer and a couple families of blue grouse within the first half mile.
After our walk, we watched another film at the Visitor Center and rummaged around the gift shop for a few minutes.
|Strait of Juan de Fuca|