From our campground in Forks, which is on the western side of the Olympic Peninsula we drove first to Port Angeles on the northern side and then south into the Olympic National Park. On the way to Port Angeles we kept driving in and out of fog and when we drove up to Hurricane Ridge we were in dense clouds for most of the way. The clouds were so dense and the visibility so poor at times that I had to drop our speed to 20 MPH to make sure I didn’t hit anybody in front of us. A couple of miles before we reached the Visitor’s Center on Hurricane Ridge we finally drove up out of the clouds into sunshine.
There was a paved nature path near the Visitor’s Center that I took with Susan. It went through a meadow that was in bloom and then by some vista points where we could look in different directions over the park. Even though it was August at one point there was still a large patch of snow next to the nature path we were on. Unfortunately, much of the view below us was still blocked by clouds and that included Mount Olympus itself. We took our time however, and were rewarded when the clouds started to break, giving us a great view of Mount Olympus.
The Visitor’s Center was pretty crowded but it was the weekend. There were signs next to the nature paths telling people that the habitat was fragile and asking people to stay on the paths but there were a lot of people who thought those signs didn’t mean them. A deer was in the meadow about 50 feet off the path and I saw a half dozen people walk over and try to get as close as they could to take a photo.
The view was beautiful from Hurricane Ridge and it was a pretty drive there despite the fog and clouds so we are glad we went. We would give the Visitor’s Center a B for handicap accessibility. It was nice that the nature paths were paved but we couldn’t go all that far because they became much too steep for us so we can only give the nature paths a C-.