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The Olympic Mountains, an extension of the Coast Range from Oregon, form the core of the Olympic Peninsula. The area is known for spectacular mountains, lush rain forests, and pristine coastlines. The peninsula is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, and Hood Canal to the east. The southern flanks of the Olympic Mountains adjoin the lowlands of Grays Harbor basin. The Olympic Mountains catch moisture-laden Pacific storms, causing an average of 140 inches of precipitation per year. Some locations have recorded nearly 200 inches of precipitation in one year. The area's highest point is Mount Olympus at 7,965 feet above sea level. is a year-round destination. In summer, visitors come for views of the Olympic Mountains, as well as for superb hiking. During the winter months the small, family oriented Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area offers lift-serviced downhill skiing and snowboarding. Hurricane Ridge is named for its intense gales and winds. The weather in the Olympic Mountains is unpredictable, and visitors should be prepared for snow at any time of year. Jim Bryant Photo. ©2010. All Rights Reserved.