The green valleys of the Olympic Mountains won’t stay green too much longer if mother nature has her way. There have been a few dustings of snow already this October, but fortunately most of it melted away to give the national park visitors a few more weeks to enjoy the trails. I was just up there and it was gorgeous! The sun arcs low across the sky above the mountain range this time of year, making it a bit more difficult to photograph without a lot of glare. But that doesn’t stop me from taking in the grandeur that the park has to offer at the Hurricane Ridge area. The park is not as crowded this time of year and there is plenty of parking available. Grab your trekking poles and head up the Highline trail to get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area!
If you don’t want to climb high, stick to the lower Rim trail. This easy trail is great for families with kids and is paved. On one side of the trail are steep slopes with great views, and on the other side are wooded areas that many of the park deer love wandering through. I was lucky enough to spot one in the dense thicket this particular day.
But the most rewarding experience I received from nature this day was the sighting of a big, Black Bear. He was down a steep slope wandering through some bushes and stopped to eat. I managed to get a few photos with my zoom lens before he ambled off into the bushes. This was a large, full grown bear with beautiful, glossy, black fur! It’s moments like this that I feel so extremely privleged to witness living nature in action…in the wild!
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