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Ascent of Hurricane Hill on 2012-09-01

Climber: Nancy Willis

Others in Party:Eric Noel
Date:Saturday, September 1, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hurricane Hill
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5757 ft / 1754 m

Ascent Trip Report

It was a beautiful day in the Olympics and a nice cool breeze kept us from getting too warm on the hike. The goal had been to hike Mt Angeles but alas...I forgot the insoles for my hiking boots so all I had to wear was my Teva sandals. We decided to see what I could accomplish but decided to do Hurricane Hill instead.

What a treat! While it was not the hike I had wanted to do it was quite lovely. Nice dirt path (which mattered greatly due to the footwear) and beautiful meadows. You could hear the marmot whistles as we rounded a switch back and looked out over the meadow. I had never seen a marmot, nor knew of the whistling, so that was way cool to experience.

When we got to the summit, we found a nice spot to sit and eat lunch while taking in the beautiful views of the mountain range in front of us (Mt Olympus, Carrie, Meany, Appleton - to name a few). There were of course chipmunks seeking handouts...but what was REALLY cool....was the deer and the marmots.

After we rested and ate, we walked along the ridge to another viewpoint and low and behold...there were black tail deer hangin' out munching on bushes and resting in the shade of trees. We tried to sneakily walk up to the area where we saw them so as to get a good picture. Sneaking was not required as one deer just stood there, looking at us, unafraid, munching on the bush. So we stood there a minute and then the deer came closer. Within about 5-10 feet. I had to take my camera off zoom. :) It was way cool. Got some great pics of the deer.

Then we walked along a boot path into the trees and came upon a couple who were looking at 'something' intently. Two marmots! They were pokin' their heads up out of their hidey hole! I did not realize how big they are. They were not actually coming out of their burrow due to a noisy toddler that was in the area. After the toddler was gone, the marmots came out onto the grassy hillside and started eating away. We kept inching closer along the path to get a better view (and better pictures) and came within about 20 feet where I was able to take some nice videos and pictures.

What a day. Lovely hike, great weather, fun wildlife and great companionship. A good day indeed. Life is good :)
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:657 ft / 200 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Trailhead:Hurricane Hill TH  5100 ft / 1554 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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