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Emily's New Itinerary
Head to the most Northwestern tip of the continental US exploring Cape Flattery, walk along Hobuck Beach and visit the internationally-known Makah Museum.
Along Hwy 112 are the communities of Clallam Bay, Sekiu and Neah Bay with spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. Birders will delight in the variety of sea and migratory fowl found in this region, a list of sites and species is available by request or on-line.
Northwest Coast Neah Bay, WA
United States48° 21' 40.4532" N, 124° 39' 24.2568" W
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.
La Push WA
United States47° 54' 30.9744" N, 124° 38' 20.3676" W
Clallam Bay Spit and Community Beach County Park is a 33 acre park jointley managed with Washington State Parks. The Park is located where the nutrient-rich water of the Clallam River empties into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, providing a constant food source for shore and marine birds. Eagles and osprey can be seen feeding on the beach; viewing marine mammals is an added bonus. The dynamic hydrology interaction taking place between the Clallam River and the tides provide an opportunity to witness drastic changes to the landscape each time you visit.
Clallam Bay Clallam Bay, WA 98326
United States48° 15' 21.5928" N, 124° 15' 47.1456" W
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.
Hoh Rainforest WA
Shipwreck Point Beach, between Sekiu and Neah Bay, is a State Natural Resource Conservation Area, which includes outstanding examples of native ecosystems and scenic landscapes.
Clallam Bay Sekiu WA
World Champion Western Red Cedar (Thuja Plicata)
Section 36, Township 26 North, Range 13 West, W.M. Jefferson County
19.4 feet in diameter, 178 feet tall, estimated 1000 years old.
Jefferson County WA
A Magical Misty Tour
A delightful way to explore the Olympic Peninsula, the Waterfall Trail offers year-round adventure and dramatic beauty. From the cliffs of Cape Flattery, to the glacial fjord of the Hood Canal to the Enchanted Valley of the Quinault Rainforest, waterfalls of all sizes and shapes abound! Some are easy walks on fores trails, others reached via paved, wheel-chair accessible paths, still more are in the backcountry of Olympic National Park. Two falls can only be reached by boat.
United States47° 57' 38.1168" N, 123° 32' 58.0632" W
The Moments in Time Nature Trail is an easy 0.5-mile trail that meanders through the woods and along the shoreline of Lake Crescent offering a variety of environments from breathtaking views of Lake Crescent and Pyramid Mountain to tiny fern and wildflower meadows to lush woods with towering evergreens and spectacular mosses and fungi. Appropriate for the entire family, it begins just off the parking area of the Storm King Ranger Station on Lake Crescent in the Olympic National Park.
Storm King Ranger Station
U.S. Highway 101Port Angeles, WA 98362
United States48° 3' 27.468" N, 123° 47' 14.7696" W
Stop along the way and visit some of the historical lighthouses on the Olympic Peninsula.
Point Wilson marks the west entrance into the Puget Sound. It is the turning point from the Strait of Juan de Fuca into Admiralty Inlet.
Olympic Peninsula WA
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
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
As you near Neah Bay, look for tufted puffin nesting on the sea stacks from spring to early summer, and common murres perched on Tatoosh Island. Look in the water for bobbing sooty shearwaters. During the spring thousands of migrating hawks, including red-tail and sharp-shinned hawks, kettle over Cape Flattery before flying across the Strait to Vancouver Island. Occasionally, large flocks of 200 to 300 sandhill cranes entertain lucky observers with their graceful formations and mysterious trilling.
Cape Flattery Neah Bay, WA 98357
United States48° 21' 57.4344" N, 124° 36' 41.7744" W
The Makah Cultural and Research Center is world famous. Many of the items in the museum are from the "Ozette Dig," which yielded Makah artifacts from a village partially buried in a mudslide in the 1500s. The Ozette archeological collection is the largest pre-contact Northwest Coast Indian collection in the country. Whaling, sealing and fishing gear, basketry and replicas of a 60-foot cedar longhouse and oceangoing canoes are displayed. The center also houses the Makah language program, working to preserve and teach Makah language and culture.
1880 Bay View
Neah Bay, WA 98357
Makah Cultural Center
1880 Bay ViewNeah Bay, WA 98357
United States48° 22' 3.0504" N, 124° 37' 21.6048" W
Also known as "One-Mile Beach," this straight, relatively level saltwater beach trail connects beautiful, rugged slate caves at the east and Eagle Point two miles to the west. Boaters fish near the trail, unaware of the old abandoned railroad grade that runs the length of the hillside above. The flat and forested trail, an easy walk from Sekiu resorts, provides access to the solitude of sand and surf. Vistas from the trail stretch across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island.
Point Wilson marks the west entrance into the Puget Sound. It is the turning point from the Strait of Juan de Fuca into Admiralty Inlet. The current station was built in 1914, replacing the original tower. The 49-foot tower was built in an octagonal shape to reduce wind pressure on the structure. The light shines from a 4th order Fresnel lens, a white light on for 15 seconds, then off 5 seconds, with one red flash during the occultation. The light was automated in 1976.
Point Wilson Lighthouse
186 Harbor Defense WayPort Townsend, WA 98362
Here is an opportunity for a walk in Port Ludlow if you are visiting and time is limited. A bit of quiet to reflect on things is on hand with a five minute drive from anywhere in the Port Ludlow area.
The Port Ludlow Falls trail is wonderful, protected, short interpretative trail through varied and quite surroundings. Many signs point to local micro-environments and their plant species on this adventure punctuated by the Ludlow Falls at the halfway mark. This walk can be the perfect winter afternoon break.
Port Ludlow WA
Purple Haze Lavender Farm is a 10 acre certified organic lavender farm located in the Dungeness Valley of Washington's Olympic Peninsula. We are one of more than 36 growers in the valley who are cultivating this wonderful herb.
We welcome visitors to wander our grounds, shop for lavender products, and relax with the scent of lavender in the air. In the summer, the farm is open for U-pick lavender.
Hours for the Farm gift shop: 10:00am.-5:00pm daily
We also offer the farm for weddings, and the Farmhouse is available as a vacation rental.
180 Bellbottom RoadSequim, WA 98382
United States48° 4' 24.96" N, 123° 3' 57.6" W
Come visit Peony Farm, the 1st and ONLY peony farm on the Peninsula on your day trip to the Olympic Peninsula.
Monday-Thursday, 11 am to 4 pm. Closed Sundays and Fridays
2204 Happy Valley RoadSequim, WA 98382
United States48° 2' 36.96" N, 123° 5' 9.6" W
Perhaps the most dramatic beach in Washington State.
Shi Shi Beach is located west of Neah Bay. Shi Shi (pronounced shy-shy) was named "best nature beach" by the Travel Channel. It's a day trip you'll remember. Shi Shi is an unspoiled beach and is reached by driving 66 miles from Port Angeles, through ClallamBay-Sekiu and on through Neah Bay, then followed by a 3.3-mile hike. The trip is well worth the time and one can enjoy the scenic beauty of Hwy 112.
Shi Shi Beach WA
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.
With its stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Victoria BC, Salt Creek Recreation Area is the perfect setting for exploration and discovery. Salt Creek is home to some of the most exceptional tide pools in the Northwest. Come during low tide and you'll see starfish, sea cucumbers, crabs, sea anemones, and urchins among the plentiful sea life on display. Many of these tide pools are located at the Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary (which is underwater at high tide).
Salt Creek Recreation Area
Camp Hayden RoadPort Angeles, WA
United States48° 8' 12.6744" N, 123° 40' 47.7732" 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
Travelers will find the northwest entrance to Olympic National Park’s 57 miles of coastal wilderness at Lake Ozette.* (From Hwy 112 past Clallam Bay, turn southwest onto the Hoko-Ozette Road, follow 21 miles to the Ozette Ranger Station.) Three miles of plank-and-stair trail lead the hiker to Cape Alava, with rocky shores and reefs to explore at low tide. Cape Alava is near the site of an ancient Makah village partially buried in a mudslide over 500 years ago. Artifacts recovered from this site can be viewed at the Makah Museum in Neah Bay.
United States48° 9' 13.9932" N, 124° 41' 21.7572" W