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Hurricane Ridge Snowshoe — Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011

Olympic Peninsula
I started off on my hike 50 of 50 planned at age 50 on December 30 but quickly found myself turned around due to high winds, zero visibilty and 6 to 8 inches of new snow during the day. The park service shutdown Hurricane Ridge at 12:00pm. This left me with camping overnight just below the closed gate at "Heart of The Hills" campground. It was very cold that night sleeping in the back of my truck with a camper shell, air matress and sleeping bag with several inches of snow at the campground but well worth it as I was in the first ten vehicles headed up the hill today for some nice sunshine and great views. I quickly headed out on the snow covered road beyond the lodge which is the cross country skiing and snowshoe route in winter. I headed toward Hurricane Hill Trailhead and quickly found out just how tiresome it is hiking in snowshoes. I was plum worn out by the time I got halfway up Hurricane Hill. The increased snow, avalanche danger and the fact that I had to hike all that distance back convinced me to turn around before reaching the summit. From the lodge to the top of Hurricane Hill is about 7 miles round trip and that would not seem like much with some of the hikes I have done this year but doing it in snowshoes is more difficult. The views from the trail and hill are breathtaking and well worth the hike but I admit I still like Artist Point Snowshoeing near Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan more. They both have great views but you can get to the top of Artist Point quicker with great up close views of the mountains. All and all a great day to finish off my 50th hike this year. Check out videos of this hike and others I have done in Washington State on my youtube channel "lmm3181" or click on this direct link to this video of this hike As always enjoy your hiking and get out and see this great state during all seasons. You won't be disappointed. Take Care Mike


Hurricane Hill Snowshoe

Congratulations on completing your 50 hikes. I have enjoyed following your reports.

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Old Dave on Jan 01, 2012 02:57 PM

Hurricane Hill Snowshoe

Congratulations on achieving your goal of 50 hikes this past year! I especially respect the amount of care you take to describe trail conditions and your consideration of what might help future hikers enjoy their time on the trail. Thank you!

Today's Where We Hiked blog post features your accomplishment and is headed with your photo. I'm glad you treated us to that one photo of you. Check out today's home page or the Sign Post blog at

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Andrew Coghill on Jan 04, 2012 12:42 PM