First – if you’re expecting museum-quality photos, this set won’t be it! Most of these pictures were taken under duress, also known as Hey Dad, I think it would be great idea if we hike from the top of Hurricane Ridge down to the Ehlwa River Trail! It’s all downhill, how hard could it be?
When most people think of mountain views of Olympic National Park, they’re thinking of what they’ve seen from Hurricane Ridge.
After spending time with Colette and Mom at the top, Shelby and I hiked down the grueling 6 miles and almost a mile of elevation loss to the Ehlwa River Ranger Station, where they were waiting for us in the Jeep.
One would think that it should be a piece of cake since it’s all downhill, but the constant sidehilling is tough on the ankles and the constant down is tough on the old man knees, even with hiking poles.
Remind me to question great ideas coming from my college kid in the future!
The Sound Of Music
Little Girl, Big Mountains
Long Way Down
I tried to capture how steeply angled this hill is, but the camera just doesn’t do it. The only flat part is the foot-wide trail that Shelby’s standing on, then it rises steeply on one side and drops right off on the other. One hiking pole is a foot higher than you on one side, the other a foot lower. Hard on the feet!