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PostSun Feb 24, 2008 8:58 am 
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Headed up to Hurricane Ridge for my first mountain outing of more than a limited stroll since severely injuring an achilles tendon last August and was happy to confirm the darn thing has finally healed.  Arrived in the parking lot at the Ridge for a pit stop with clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine.  Knowing that could change rapidly due to marine low clouds to the east and north, grabbed some quick photos of favorite destinations under this winter's heavy snow.

Mt. Anderson, Eel Glacier (left)
Mt. Anderson, Eel Glacier (left)
Mt. Anderson (left), Crystal Pk (right)
Mt. Anderson (left), Crystal Pk (right)
Crystal Pk (center), Chimney Pk (right)
Crystal Pk (center), Chimney Pk (right)
Dodger Point
Dodger Point
Mt. Ferry
Mt. Ferry

Headed back down the highway about 0.4 mile from the east end of the Hurricane parking lot to the turnout on the west side of the highway where parking is allowed for skiers and snowshoers heading out the Obstruction Point Road.  The parking turnout is a short way downhill from this curve:

Conditions near Obstruction Point road parking turnout
Conditions near Obstruction Point road parking turnout

The Obstruction Point road starts just a few feet east of the east end of the main Hurricane Ridge parking lot, but it would be a mistake to retrace the road from there by snowshoe because of extremely steep sidehills just east of the Hurricane Ridge parking lot.  It's much safer to drive down the highway to the parking turnout.  From there, cross the highway, climb the snowbank on the east side of the highway and walk uphill to the curve in the highway, at which point you can make your way south down moderate slopes to intersect the path of the Obstruction Point Road and follow it east.

As expected, shortly after gaining the Obstruction Peak road, low clouds settled in, obscuring the usually fine views from this route.   
Socked in near Steeple Rock
Socked in near Steeple Rock

The clouds did not begin to lift until we neared the highway again.
Snowshoeing Obstruction Pt. road
Snowshoeing Obstruction Pt. road

Back up at the lodge, the clouds parted enough to reveal the rugged Burke Range to the south.

The Burke Range from Hurricane
The Burke Range from Hurricane

All in all, a fine day in the Olympics.
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PostSun Feb 24, 2008 10:31 am 
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AA ... Sooo glad to see ya out ambling (is that a word??) again ... omg .. never picked out Anderson from OP ... good eye — spectacular! Dodger Pt and Ferry — ooh .. ahh! Can’t wait for your summer TRs .. bet ya got some good ones planned  wink.gif

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PostSun Feb 24, 2008 11:20 am 
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Wow! Thank you very much for the report Ancient Ambler.  up.gif  Fortunately for us the park service keeps that road clean and clear much of the time.

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PostSun Feb 24, 2008 12:19 pm 
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HJT is correct.  The blue-sky photos of Mt. Anderson were taken from very near the Hurricane Ridge lodge, as I wanted to get some photos of the mountains before the clouds set in, as they soon did when we went from the lodge area to the nearby Obstruction Point road.  HJT is also correct that Mt. Anderson is not visible from the Obstruction Point parking area, but it is just barely visible from on top of Obstruction Peak, as this photo from a couple of years ago shows:

Mt. Anderson from Obstruction Peak
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Mt. Anderson from Obstruction Peak

Mt. Anderson is, as HJT says, more visible from the Grand Pass area, as this photo from Peak 6701 a couple years ago shows:

Mt. Anderson from Peak 6701 near Grand Pass
Mt. Anderson from Peak 6701 near Grand Pass
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PostSun Feb 24, 2008 4:54 pm 
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yeah ... we were camped on obstruction below eagle pt last spring in the snow ... climbed up to the ridge .. and probably looked right at it. still an awesome shot ... best view i think of the eel is from my fave place, cameron pass ... course, we haven't been on some of the high peaks, like sentinel or lost ... probably in-your-facers from there agree.gif

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PostSun Feb 24, 2008 5:39 pm 
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AA,
thanks for the beautiful and labeled pics......i was on the ridge, too.  but, it was crusty/icy so we hiked towards the hill instead of snowshoeing.  we met a friend trying to cross country ski and had someone take this very cute picture!!  i'm the short one biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif
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