Epic Journey 2013

Forks

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.

Around La Push

This drive-to beach is a beautiful spot to enjoy the surf and watch shorebirds, eagles and seals. The 1-1/4 mile trek north to “Hole-in-the-Wall” begins here.

It's Time for Tidepooling!

Take time to discover and explore the miniature world of tide pools on the Olympic Peninsula's Pacific coastal and Strait of Juan de Fuca beaches. As breezes blow away the morning mist, you'll discover dozens of fascinating tide pools with sea stars and urchins and other critters scurring about in the tide pools.

Location

Ocean BeachesWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
See map: Google Maps

Hoh Rain Forest

Among the only protected temperate rain forests in the Northern Hemisphere, the Hoh Rain Forest is a not-to-be-missed attraction on the West Side of the Olympic Peninsula. Moisture-laden air from the Pacific brings an average of 140 inches of annual rainfall to the Hoh Valley,(record of 190 inches) in addition to condensed mist that contributes another 30 inches. Nineteen miles inland from Hwy 101 you’ll find the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

Location

Hoh RainforestWA
United States
47° 51' 39.2004" N, 123° 56' 5.3124" W
See map: Google Maps

Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Finnriver is a 33 acre organic family farm and artisan cidery where we welcome visitors to our year-round Tasting Room for a sip of life on the farm.  Located alongside a restored salmon stream in the fertile, green Chimacum Valley, Finnriver grows a variety of vegetables, fruit and grains; and we gather and ferment the flavors of the land to offer you award-winning, handcrafted sparkling hard ciders and dessert wines.  You must be 21 to do a tasting but all ages are welcome on the farm for self-guided walks around the farm.

Location

Chimacum
62 Barn Swallow Rd
Chimacum, WA, 98325
United States
47° 58' 34.8672" N, 122° 46' 44.2704" W
See map: Google Maps

Fishing and Shellfishing

With the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north and Hood Canal on the east, the fishing possibilities are endless. Some of the best river fishing in the world can be found on the Elwha, Bogachiel, Hoh and Sol Duc Rivers. Good lake fishing can be had at Lake Leland, Lake Sutherland, Lake Crescent, Lake Pleasant, and Lake Ozette. Clallam Bay and Sekiu have been a mecca for decades for ocean fishing, as are La Push on the Pacific Ocean and Neah Bay at the Peninsula's northwestern tip. Many charters sail out of these bays and harbors.

Location

Olympic PeninsulaWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
See map: Google Maps

Kalaloch Beaches

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.

Location

Kalaloch Beaches
United States
47° 36' 16.92" N, 124° 22' 15.96" W
See map: Google Maps

Rialto Beach - Spectacular sunsets and wild Pacific coast

THE BEACH IS CALLING YOU!

But not just any beach. Come visit awesome Rialto Beach. Not only is Rialto one of the most popular beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, it's also one of the most accessible. Park your car and you are there! So, if the thought of a long hike through rough terrain isn't exactly your idea of a great way to spend a relaxing afteroon, then Rialto is destined to be on the top of your list.

Location

LaPushWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
See map: Google Maps