Olympic National Park ~ Hurricane Ridge
JULY 24, 2010 A Mountaineers BWT hike. The weather was picture perfect for this hike along Sunrise Ridge to Victor Pass in the Olympic National Park. We started our hike along Sunrise Ridge, where the trail starts high and boasts some of the best views in the park. Wildflowers were in bloom, most notably the armies of avalanche lilies that enchanted me on my hike here last year. There was one snow patch on the trail that we opted to hike around by scrambling down a short slope. A typical ridge hike, this trail rolls up and down and dips in and out of woods before it joins the steep switchback trail that leads up to Victor Pass and Klahhane Ridge. The 360º views from Victor Pass are stunning, with the Strait of Juan de Fuca in one direction and the Olympic Mountains in another. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch with these views before starting our return trip. At Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center we saw many deer, especially on our return to the trailhead.