A recent winter storm has significantly impacted the Pacific Northwest, particularly at Hurricane Ridge, where it prompted the closure of several campgrounds. a Peninsula Daily report highlighted.
The storm, characterized by high winds and heavy snowfall, has led to widespread power outages and disrupted outdoor recreational activities in the region.
Hurricane Ridge, known for its scenic vistas and winter sports facilities, experienced a substantial increase in its snowpack, measuring 20 inches. This information, sourced from snoflo.org, highlights the rapid accumulation of snow over the weekend. However, the forecast of impending rain poses a threat to the stability of this snowpack, potentially affecting winter sports conditions.
Olympic National Park officials responded to the severe weather by closing several coastal campgrounds. The specific campgrounds affected were not disclosed, but the decision underscores the safety concerns posed by the storm. The park issued warnings about the potential dangers of life-threatening waves and falling trees, which could block access roads and pose hazards to visitors.
The snowfall also affected the Cascades, with Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park receiving 14 inches of snow over a 24-hour period. This sudden snow accumulation highlights the unpredictable nature of winter weather in the region.
Hurricane Ridge, easily accessible within Olympic National Park, offers stunning views. Situated 17 miles south of Port Angeles via Hurricane Ridge Road, branching off Mount Angeles Road, it’s a prime destination for visitors.
According to its website, the road to Hurricane Ridge remains open throughout the summer, and in winter, it’s open from Friday to Sunday, including holiday Mondays, depending on weather and road conditions, while being closed on other days.
A variety of hiking trails are available at Hurricane Ridge, ranging from ridgetop walks to more challenging paths leading to subalpine lakes and valleys.
For camping enthusiasts, Heart O’ the Hills campground, located 12 miles north of Hurricane Ridge and 5 miles south of Port Angeles, offers 105 campsites nestled in an old-growth forest. Additionally, the Elwha Valley and Deer Park are both just an hour’s drive from Hurricane Ridge, providing further exploration opportunities.
Featured image from Olympic National Park.