At an elevation of just over 5,200 feet, Hurricane Ridge offers Olympic Peninsula tourists panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains to the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north.
Part of the fun of this area is the drive into the mountains. It starts out as perfectly beautiful as the road winds through the forest. A ways up you start getting the first overlooks, with stunning views of the Strait of San Juan de Fuca and the islands and mountains beyond. Then, after the three tunnels, you start getting glimpses of the mountains themselves, but, then, as you approach Hurricane Ridge, you get a sense of being near the top of the world.
Hurricane Ridge has a number of hiking trails, from ridgetop traverses to steep trails that descend to subalpine lakes and valleys. Hurricane Ridge gets over 3 million visitors a year.
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