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Chad Hawkins's Final Itinerary
When you visit the Rain Forest Country, you are surrounded by wonders of nature. Visit the temperate Hoh Rain Forest (a World Heritage site), with its huge five hundred year old trees and Elk herds. There are trails to walk through the forest all beginning near the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. FUrther south visit Lake Quinault Rain Forest and walk the trails.
Surrounded by rain forest valleys and within minutes of the rugged Pacific Coast, Forks is a friendly little town full of recreation opportunities. Within an hour of Forks, one can be strolling a rain forest trail, kayaking a tidal estuary, surfing a wilderness beach, soaking in natural hot spring waters or canoeing a clear blue glacier-carved lake.
From Coast to Forest
Fort Flagler State Park is a 784-acre marine camping park surrounded on three sides by 19,100 feet of saltwater shoreline. The park rests on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound, with views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Many historic buildings remain at this 19th-century-established military fort.It is located at the northern tip of Marrowstone Island.
Summer: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Winter: Closed to camping Nov. 1, reopens March 1. The park is open year-round for day use.
State Parks Information Phone: 360-902-8844 Web Site: www.parks.wa.gov
Fort Flagler State Park WA
United States48° 5' 40.7688" N, 122° 42' 11.7288" W
This County Park, with sweeping views of the shipping traffic as they make their way through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, serves as the trailhead for the Dungeness Spit National Wildlife Refuge.
Dungeness Recreation Area has 67 campsites, 3 restrooms (2 with showers), group camping with a shelter, playground, hiking and equestrian trails, on 216 acres.
Summer: 7 a.m. until dusk
Winter: Campground is closed October through March
The park is open year-round for day use.
Clallam County Parks Department Phone: 360-417-2291
Dungeness Recreation Area
Lotzgesell RoadSequim, WA
United States48° 8' 5.3196" N, 123° 10' 4.53" W
Campsites - first come, first serve
In the woods
Perched at the northern entrance to Puget Sound near Port Townsend, Fort Worden State Park, a military base that was commissioned in 1902, is a legendary gathering place. With a 360 degree panorama of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, the Fort's 434 acres are bordered by pristine wetlands and miles of sandy beaches.
200 Battery WayPort Townsend, WA 98368
United States48° 8' 3.1452" N, 122° 45' 52.9776" W
Discover the Secrets of Sequim
Scenic ocean shores with easy access are found in the Kalaloch (pronounced clay-lock) area, 15 miles south of the Rain Forest Road on Hwy 101. Beach Trail 4 is a pebble beach with dramatic surf (beware of the strong undertow), tidal pools and is a popular place to dip for smelt (schools of small fish that spawn in the surf in warm, calm weather and can be caught with a large net). Picturesque Ruby Beach with a meandering creek, dramatic sea stacks, and drift logs is named for its sometimes garnet-colored sand. A gold mining operation was located here in the early 1900’s.
United States47° 36' 16.92" N, 124° 22' 15.96" W
At 5.5 miles in length, the Dungeness Spit is the world's longest naturally occurring sandspit and home to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a sanctuary for over 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals and eight species of water mammals. Its trails and picnic areas offer breathtaking views of the beaches, Dungeness harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Dungeness Spit and Lighthouse Sequim, WA 98382
United States48° 4' 46.3332" N, 123° 6' 6.6384" W
If you are looking for some exercise while in the Sequim area, consider taking the 5 1/2 mile (one-way) walk out to the New Dungeness Light Station! The lighthouse and Keeper's quarters are located near the end of the Dungeness Spit, which is a National Wildlife Refuge. Access to the spit is from the Dungeness County Park at the end of Voice of America Road. There is a $3 entrance fee for a group of 4 adults (children under 16 are free) to enter the Refuge.
Dungeness Spit Agnew, WA
United States48° 10' 53.13" N, 123° 6' 36.1656" W