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PostFri Jan 25, 2019 12:50 pm 
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I am not familiar with the area. Is Hurricane Ridge likely to be snow-free in late April? (I note from the NPS website that prior to mid-May, the road *may* be open weekends.)

Would this be a good time of year to visit the Hoh rain forest?

The other option is September, but I have cabin fever now.

Thanks!
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PostFri Jan 25, 2019 1:02 pm 
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On average, the peak of our WA snowpack is about April 1st.  So it's highly unlikely Hurricane Ridge will be snow-free come end of April.  A quick internet search will find site(s) that track current conditions and provide historical info on snowpack depth at Hurricane Ridge.
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PostFri Jan 25, 2019 1:03 pm 
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I would not expect Hurricane Ridge to be snow free at any time in April.

The Hoh is probably good any time of year, as are any of the other lower elevation valleys.  Also any of the coastal strip portion of Olympic NP is good year round.

Some other spring destinations on the Peninsula outside the NP could include Dungeness Spit and Lake Crescent.
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PostFri Jan 25, 2019 1:18 pm 
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I did a great hike into enchanted valley the first week of May on an average snowfall year.  There were patches in the valley and a couple of big avy debris piles to climb over but it was mostly a non issue.

Low elevation rain forest hikes, beach hikes, and low elevation river valley hikes could be excellent in April depending on your weather luck.  Definately prepare for rain and do take river/stream crossings seriously.  When the snow pack is melting streams grow as the day progresses and warms up melting snow and then drop during the cooler night.
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PostFri Jan 25, 2019 6:04 pm 
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late April on the peninsula? you'd most likely be best to sticking with either coastal hikes or low-elevation river valleys.
the weather on the coast at that time of year is screwy as hell. you will want to be prepared for everything from driving rain to 80-degree temperatures, and bear in mind it can go from one to the other along the coast within a half an hour.

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PostFri Jan 25, 2019 7:04 pm 
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Listen to Ski, with this amendment. Don’t wade any of the big rivers that time of year. You might be fine on a cold clear day. All you need is a little warmth or rain, and your looking at drowning vs missing your flights.

That time of year can be great if you want to set up camp and enjoy a few days in the woods.

Best.
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PostFri Jan 25, 2019 9:05 pm 
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Pyrites wrote:
Listen to Ski

People get chastised here for not contributing and then someone posts nearly the exact same thing as the person before and gets credit as if the first post didn't happen...

Or maybe because I'm female?
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PostFri Jan 25, 2019 9:24 pm 
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The coastal strip of ONP is a beachwalking paradise around that time of year, if you get lucky with the weather.
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PostSat Jan 26, 2019 12:18 am 
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Thanks to all for your responses and specific recommendations. I am familiar with Inland Northwest, especially Glacier NP and the Yaak, but Pacific NW is new terrain and new weather conditions.
It looks as though a coastal tour plus the Hoh might be a nice getaway. My ambitions are quite limited.

Pahoehoe, Pyrites, and Ski: Thanks for the reminder about river crossings. Lots of SAR activity in northern New England, where I hike most frequently, around river crossings.

Pahoehoe, I will check access to Enchanted Valley. It may exceed my ambitions this trip.

Older and Contour5, Thanks for specific recommendations. Ocean any time of the year is excellent.

JonnyQuest, That is a useful data point!
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PostSat Jan 26, 2019 7:59 am 
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Songs2 wrote:
Pahoehoe, I will check access to Enchanted Valley. It may exceed my ambitions this trip

Yes, watch for updates on the Olympic NP Road Conditions page.  Graves Creek Road was closed by last December's storm, and has remained closed during the gov't shutdown.  I don't know if it was minor damage and might soon reopen, or was more major damage and might take longer.  The hike to Enchanted Valley is 13 miles if the road reopens, or 19 miles if it doesn't.

Also should be some helpful updates on the park's Trail Conditions page by then.

May the weather gods smile for you!

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