Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hurricane Ridge Snowshoe Nature Walks

The start of the New Year is always filled with anticipation and hope. The quiet spaces in these dark days of winter give us time to reflect on what is good in our lives, renew our commitments to family and friends, and recharge our batteries for the year ahead.

If you have never taken a snow-shoe walk at the top of Hurricane Ridge—it’s an experience not to be missed. If you are looking for inspiration, one picture is worth a thousand words.

What many people don’t realize is that the Olympic National Park is just 1.5 hours from Seattle. There are no mountain passes, no road closures due to avalanches—just a lovely ferry ride and a peaceful, easy drive (we recommend the Edmonds-Kingston ferry). We're located in Sequim -- one of the driest, sunniest places in Western Washington -- especially in the winter. The snow on the north side of the Olympics is actually light and powdery because the air here is much drier.
The Hurricane Ridge Road will be open all year thanks to a cooperative effort by the National Park Service, Clallam County and the City of Port Angeles.

Every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM, a Park Ranger leads a Guided Winter Nature snowshoe walk on the trails at the summit. It’s the best bargain in town – because the $5.00 fee includes your snowshoe rentals. The trail leads you to breathtaking views of the glaciers on Mt. Olympus to the south and circles around to views of the Straits of Juan de Fuca and the San Juan Islands to the north. In fact, on a clear day you can see Whistler Mountain from the top of Hurricane Ridge.
At Lost Mountain Lodge, you'll start your day with a hearty Farmer's Market gourmet breakfast. Then we'll whip up a Creme Brulee latte or Irish Cream Mocha in a "to go" cup to accompany you on a frosty, blue sky morning in the mountains.
Be sure to dress warmly and prepare to be enchanted!
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