Received an email a few nights ago inviting me to go snowshoeing up at Hurricane Ridge. Of coarse I accepted, I jumped on the chance to spend time in the Olympic National Park. Its been a few weeks since I've done anything eventful in the Park and I was beginning to go nuts. I also wanted to try out my new barefoot snowshoe set up and only one way to find out if your gear works, is to get some test it in the mountains.
Putting a shell over the top my Vibram Five Fingers and then inserting feet into the snowshoe. This would depend on successfully having strong feet and ankles. Also having a high tolerance to the cold with the feet is extremely important, since there is minimal protection to the feet with spending hours on the ice and snow.
We set off near the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center. Once walking in the snow, it was so nice to feel the cold air in my beard and stretch the legs. The snow was mostly firm, made good time to our destination.
Wasn't much a view once we got toward the top. Clouds had us pretty socked in for the view. So we decided to head back towards our car.
On the way back I spent much of my time reflecting and photography. Seen birds, female grouse, squirrel and lots of rabbit tracks in the snow. The closer we got back to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, the more the weather started to clear up.
We caught the tail end of the sunset, as the light dropped behind the Bailey Range and Mount Olympus. Hiking in the Olympics during winter is a truly unique experience.
Overall this was a really cool walk in the snow. My camera was perfect for these hiking conditions. I got a few nice shots.
Updated in April 2015