weekend trips

Miles of Saltwater Shorelines

Clallam and Jefferson Counties combined have over 400 miles of saltwater coastline. The inland waters of the 61-mile glacial fjord of the Hood Canal, the glacier-carved Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Dungeness Spit and the wild, rugged Pacific Coast comprise differing habitats and nearly endless opportunities to explore.

Tide pooling, beach hikes and days-long backpacking excursions are a grat way to experience the calming rhythms of waves and tides and the view the wildlife and sea creatures of the tidal zone.

Location

Rialto Beach
United States
48° 13' 14.8224" N, 124° 7' 6.186" W

Port Williams Beach Is a Hidden Gem

Port Williams is a great beach for families, lovers, birdwatchers, dog lovers and kayakers. Usually, overlooked, it is seldom busy except for the birds. Be sure to keep an eye out for an elk herd along the way.

Port Williams official name is Marlyn Nelson County Park at Port Williams. This 1-acre gem was deeded to the Clallam County Parks in 1976. The state owns tidelands to the north that link with 1,000 feet of County tidelands ending at the privately-owned Graysmarsh Farm property.

Location

Marlyn Nelson County Park at Port William
Port Williams Road
Sequim, WA
United States
48° 5' 51.1548" N, 123° 4' 31.08" W

Moments in Time Trail

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.

Location

Storm King Ranger Station
U.S. Highway 101
Port Angeles, WA 98362
United States
48° 3' 27.468" N, 123° 47' 14.7696" W

Pillar Point County Park & Beach

County Park contains 4.3 acres of land, vault toilets, concrete launch ramp for small boats, and saltwater beach access. Hit the mudflats during crab season or simply hang out on the shoreline, you can't go wrong here. The Park is adjacent to the Highway 112 National Scenic Byway, 35 miles west of Port Angeles. Pull off the road and picnic with a scenery palette that can't be beat. Sitting at home or in your office with your eyes closed, you can feel the soft breeze blowing off the water and hear the shorebirds and gulls cry out in their constant search of food.

Location

Pillar Point County Park
Hwy 112
Clallam Bay, WA 98326
United States
48° 11' 57.1956" N, 124° 5' 58.2108" W

Point Wilson Lighthouse

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.

Location

Point Wilson Lighthouse
186 Harbor Defense Way
Port Townsend, WA 98362
United States

Shipwreck Point Beach

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.

Location

Clallam Bay Sekiu WA
United States

Sekiu Trail

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.

Location

WA
United States