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Olympic Visit 2010
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
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
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
Port Ludlow Falls Trail:
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.
Ludlow Falls WA
United States47° 55' 5.16" N, 122° 42' 30.96" 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