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Raedan1103's Peninsula Road Trip Aug 2012!
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
The town of Forks is situated on a broad prairie 15 miles from the ocean (in the Quillayute Valley). About 5,000 folks live in the greater Forks area, and you’ll find restaurants, lodgings, shops and services in this friendly, rural community.
Forks Forks, WA
United States47° 57' 7.0524" N, 124° 23' 7.1664" 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
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.
If you are a fan of the Twilight book series, you can come to Forks and tour the sites that are featured in the books written by Stephenie Meyer. Just stop by the Forks Chamber of Commerce visitor center (1411 South Forks Ave.) to receive your free Twilight packet. It includes trivia tests from all four books along with a Forks Twilight map showing where the sites are located. Hours are 10am to 5pm Monday - Saturday and 11am - 4pm on Sundays.
Forks Chamber of Commerce
1411 South Forks Ave.Forks, WA 98331
United States47° 55' 37.2648" N, 124° 22' 45.5988" 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
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
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
Olympic National Forest covers over 633,000 acres and is made up of two ranger districts: the Hood Canal and the Pacific. It offers a wide range of recreation, including hiking, camping, backpacking, picnicking, boating and other outdoor activities. It operates 17 campgrounds that are on a first-come, first-served basis and have varying overnight fees. There are five designated Wilderness Areas. These do no require wilderness permits, but a Northwest Forest Pass is required for all vehicles parked at many ONF trailheads.
ONF Hood Canal District
United States47° 53' 49.6788" N, 123° 1' 21.0792" W
The Olympic Peninsula is one of the best places on the globe to view diverse wildlife at close proximity. Black-tailed deer inhabit the hills and lowlands and are frequently seen through the region. Likewise, eagles and raptors such as falcons and hawks populate many areas on the peninsula. In the fall, spawning season brings different species of salmon into the rivers and streams. In Olympic National Park, mountain goats live in the higher altitudes, while Roosevelt elk roam in the lower areas and move in and out of the Park boundaries.
United States48° 5' 28.1472" N, 123° 3' 3.8916" W