Port Ludlow Area Trails

Port Ludlow Area Trails

A County Commissioner’s Favorite Hiking Trails
By John Austin  

Ludlow Falls Scenic Interpretive Trail  

Where:  Less than 3 miles from the  Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center.  North on Beaver Valley Road for @ 1.5 miles.  Right on Oak Bay Road for @1.5 miles, turn right on Breaker Lane to the Offices of Port Ludlow Associates. Continue past the offices @300 feet to a well-marked parking area.

Level of difficulty and length:  about one mile long.  An easy walk that is well marked with placards identifying the varied flora.  Not wheel chair accessible as there are wooden stairs descending to the creek.

Description: The trail winds through a dense forest of Cedar, Fir, and Ferns and follows Ludlow Creek with several dramatic overlooks of the falls and cascades.  There are picnic tables near the creek.    This is a great trail for quick access to the peaceful NW forest.

    Timberton Loop 

Where: About 4 miles from the  Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center.  North on Beaver Valley Road for 1.5 miles.  Right on OakBay Road for 1.5 miles to Paradise Bay Road.  Turn right and follow Paradise Bay Road for less than a mile to Timberton Drive.  Follow Timberton for a short distance to the well-marked parking lot and sign which says Timberton Loop.

Level of difficulty and length:  About 4.5 miles long with elevation gains of several hundred feet. The trail is mostly on old logging roads with some connecting footpaths.  In wet weather, the path can be soggy, and is relatively steep in parts.

Description:  This path features a beaver pond,  and a variety of woods; Alder and Fir dominate. The upper elevation takes one through a recently harvested area from which the Olympics are visible.  The path  intersects parts of the Ludlow Golf Course and allows a side trip to the club at which refreshment is available.

 

       A Walk on the Beach

Where:  About 4 miles from the  Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center.  Follow instructions for Timberton Loop trail, except don’t turn on to Paradise Bay Road. Continue on Oak Bay Road until the turn off to Port Ludlow Marina. Park your car in any of the many spaces at the marina and walk on the obvious path to the Totem Pole which is visible from the Marina office.  At the Totem Pole you will see a beach to the East which you may follow around the point.   Continue on this beach until you come to a concrete stairway leading to a path to a group of condominiums.    At the condominiums  you may follow a road back to the Marina and your safely parked car.

Level of difficulty and length:  About 1.5 miles. Almost level,  but you will spend some time on sand and small pebbles.

Description:  A fast and easy way to see marine life, seals, river otters,  often eagles will perch on the totem pole.  The pole is faux Native American with historical figures engraved thereon.  Often there are sailing ships in the marina.  Refreshment is available at the Inn at Port Ludlow. If you wish to wander upon the marina docks, you will see an abundance of starfish, crab, and small fish.  

 

    A Nearby Rainforest and Gibbs Lake

Where: about 8 miles from the visitor center.  Drive @4.5 miles West on 104. Turn right (North) on Center Road for about 2 miles to the West Valley/Eaglemount Road intersection. Turn left (West) Then almost immediately head North on West Valley Road for about two miles to the Gibbs Lake Road.  There is a County Parks sign.  Continue on Gibbs Lake Road for about a mile to the well-marked parking lot in which you will see a map of the trails around the lake

 Level of difficulty and length:  about 2.5 miles on a path that can be muddy in spots when it has rained,  but is certainly passable.  There are slight elevation changes,   but the route is generally flat.  I like to make a clock-wise circuit of the lake.  The path is not for wheel chairs.

This hike affords a chance to experience the moss covered trees and ferns without driving to western Jefferson County.  The waters of the lake are clear and the path traverses several intermittent streams.  Alder, fir, hemlock, spruce, and cedar provide a rich green canopy.  Once in the park you may wish to wander on the Americorps trail that takes you past the ruins of an old Boy Scout camp. 

  

Location

Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center
93 Beaver Valley Road
Port Ludlow, WA, 98365
United States
47° 53' 28.7952" N, 122° 43' 55.1532" W
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Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center
93 Beaver Valley Road
Port Ludlow, WA, 98365
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