Olympic National Park
Drive a mile or so past the visitor's center, and you'll reach the parking area for the Hurricane Hill trail. The path is paved for the entire 1.6 mile (one way) trip up the ridge.
The trail is almost flat in places, but at least two spots will strain your lungs and your leg muscles. Fortunately, the park has placed a few informational plaques along the side of the trail. Go ahead, stop and read them, act interested. Maybe no one will know you're just catching your breath.
If you thought the road up to Hurricane Ridge clung tightly to the mountainside, wait 'til you see the trail. Slip off the side, and you'd easily tumble hundreds of feet downhill, with nothing but a few wind-swept pines to stop you.
The entire path is essentially a mile and a half long viewpoint. Stop anywhere and take in the view of the Olympics.
Before climbing up the final incline, you'll notice these colorful mountains in the distance. But you won't know what's behind them until you reach the top.
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