By Bret Wirta-The Incidental Explorer
Distance: one mile – Time out: 90 minutes
Degree of Difficulty: 2 – Pet Friendly: No
January 8th 2012.
“It’s not called Hurricane Ridge for nothing,” Olympic National Park Ranger and Naturalist Janis Burger said. So I dressed appropriately and checked the road conditions, but there were no worries; the road was bare, the sun shining and the air brisk – perfect for the guided snowshoe walk that Ranger Janis was leading that afternoon.
Video of Snowshoeing on Hurricane Ridge
Ranger Janis helped us strap on our snowshoes at the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center. The snowshoes were lightweight pads of aluminum tubing, leather lacing and flexible harnesses that strapped around my hiking boots. In no time our group of twenty-five was headed across the snow. Even the family from Texas, experiencing snow for the very first time, was walking along the snowy trail with the ease of mountain-men of old.