As the fireworks explode in the air, majestically illuminating the city streets in bright colors and beautiful hues, people will say “ohhh” and “awww” numerous times. Around the Olympic Peninsula, communities will come together. Seattle will be amazing and crowds will cheer. Port Angeles will be small, but great. Olympia, Tacoma and Bremerton will each light up the sky, celebrating with a their own grand display.
Typically, the night of the 4th of July isn’t about hiking and views, but with the amazing weather we will have on the 4th, we have 3 locations where you will get the best fireworks in the state, if not the entire country, all on the Olympic Peninsula.
Hurricane Ridge Tunnel Lookout
Want to see all of the fireworks from the City of Sequim and the City of Port Angeles? Just drive up to the lookout by the tunnels on Heart O’ the Hills road and you will have a birds eye view of nearly all the fireworks along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. With Bellingham and Everett and Whidbey Island all visible, you also get to see what those living along the Salish Sea will see. Trust me, if you live in the area, you should go here and take pictures. Remember though, share them with us!
While night hiking isn’t everyone’s fortay, the views from Marmot Pass are fantastic. Seattle’s giant display is easily visible, as are the smaller ones from Bellevue and other areas of the Puget Sound. This isn’t for the most glamorous and won’t give you the best experience, but between the fireworks and perfectly clear night sky, this might just be the location of the best 4th of July of your life.
Mountain Climbing at night is dangerous. That is why it is in your best interest to take off early tomorrow afternoon and head up to Mount Ellinor along Hood Canal. With a visibility forecasted to be amazing, you will see nearly every small city’s firework display from Bellingham down to Centralia and every city in between. Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Bellevue will erupt in fireworks and from Mount Ellinor, they will be the greatest thing ever.
The good news about Mount Ellinor is that you don’t have to climb to the top to get a fantastic view. In fact, in the area where the summer trail and winter trail meet, there are spots where you can see the buildings of Seattle and the Capitol Dome in Olympia during the day. On the night of the 4th of July, this lookout will give you, in my opinion, the best 4th of July fireworks display in the country.
More on Hurricane Ridge: http://exotichikes.com/hurricane-ridge-hikes/
More on Mount Ellinor: http://exotichikes.com/mount-ellinor-hike/
Hidden Gem: Mount Townsend: http://www.seattlemet.com/travel-and-outdoors/articles/trail-of-the-month-mount-townsend-july-2012
Near Bellingham? Go to the top of Mount Erie! Info Here: http://www.summitpost.org/mount-erie/153999
If you do go up because of this post, all I ask is to be able to see and share the pictures. You get credit, you get famous and you get the amazing experience….just don’t forget about Exotic Hikes.
Also, be safe, night hiking and climbing is extremely dangerous.
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