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Weekend Trip's with Mom
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.
Ocean Beaches 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
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
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
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
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
Spend an hour, and afternoon or a week exploring our local treasured places. Clean air, clean water and spectacular scenery combine to create an unforgettable visit. Here are some of our favorite places:
Falls View Trail Waterfall in Quilcene, right off US Highway 101 (US Forest Service)
Rocky Brook Falls Waterfall in Brinnon, Dosewallips Road
Rocky Brook Falls
3000 Dosewallips RdBrinnon, WA 98320
United States47° 43' 32.7468" N, 123° 0' 17.2404" W