Pacific Northwest - Day 4 - Olympic Natl. Park - Mora Section, Hurricane Ridge
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Another full day for us to spend in Olympic National Park! We had actually planned this day in the Hurricane Ridge section, the most alpine part of the park. Unfortunately the weather was not too good today. We decided to first visit the Mora section, another beach part of the park. So, another day with multi visits.
1) Rialto Beach - Mora Section
See it here on the map. Rialto Beach is comparable to Ruby Beach which we visited two days ago. A broad beach with lots of thrift wood on the shore, and stacks in the water.
This time we had more time to actually hike the beach. So we made our way through the many trees washed ashore. The moisture being blown from the sea towards the shore was clearly visible.
2) Slough Trail - Mora Section
See it here on the map. A 2.5-km (1.5-mile) trail through more rainforest along the Quillayute River. Exact in the middle of the hike the rain, that was about to fall, fell indeed. Intense! We got the essence of a rain forest.
3) Hurricane Ridge Section
See it here on the map. Hurricane Ridge is the most northern section of Olympic National Park. Although the highest point of the park (Mount Olympus) is actually located near the Hoh Valley the Hurricane Ridge offers spectacular peaks up to 1598 meters (5242 feet) high. Unlike the Olympus it is accessible via a road.
Due to our trip to the Mora section we arrived rather late in the day in this area. Yet still in time to drive up the 33- kilometer (20-mile) long road that took us up more than 1500 meters (4921 ft) to near the summit. While we drove up the temperature went down, way down. At the visitor center at the top is was just 2° C (35 F). That was way colder than we expected. I quickly pulled out my raincoat to add at least another layer to my T-shirt, sweater, and summer coat. Despite the freezing winds we still did a 2.2-km (1.5-mile) hike to a nearby hill. There was still a lot of snow. I will have to go back here with higher temperatures and more time.
More pictures below.