Instead of heading north down into town, you can go south and UP the Hurricane Ridge Road to the visitor’s center. You are viewing the tops of the Olympic Mountains, snow covered in August, looking towards the west.
This is the view due south into the interior of the road-less park. Deep and steep valleys, covered in trees.
Supposedly, there are more glaciers here than in Glacier NP. Sadly, all the glaciers are retreating.
Hurricane Ridge Road as you near the top.
Of course, we did some hiking and this is a shot of the eastern end of the parking lot. That bare spot on the mountain-side was caused by a landslide.
Deep snow field. The University of Washington supposedly has an observatory somewhere up there, but I could not find any supporting evidence for it.
A shot of the strait. As you can tell, we were getting up there on the trail.
The group. Jim was returning to the car due to an ankle that was bothering him. Smart, no use making it worse.
Carla and Gayle coming back from checking out what was around the corner. Pretty steep here, no way to stop rolling if you started.
A better shot of the strait, and Mordor on the horizon.