Olympic National Park Journals

Olympic Peninsula Roadtrip

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A July 1999 trip to Olympic National Park by lcampbell

Olympic National Park Photo, Olympic National Park, Washington More Photos
Quote: These are the highlights from our way-too-short roadtrip to the Olympic Peninsula. We will definitely have to go back as there are many things we missed. We basically spent a long weekend – you could easily spend two weeks or more.

Olympic Peninsula Roadtrip

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Overview

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The bulk of the Olympic Peninsula is made up of Olympic National Park. The park has amazing ecological diversity – there are alpine areas, rainforests, and coastal areas. What struck me most from our view into the park from Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles, Washington, was the wildness of the area. There are only a few short roads that go to the edge of the park, or just a little ways in. The entire middle section is free of roads and is considered pristine wilderness. I was absolutely itching for my backpack and an entire week off of work to hike through the middle. Something to look forward to in the future, I guess. Port Angeles is a good place to spend some time – you can take a ferry ...Read More

Salt Creek Recreation Area County Park

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Salt Creek Recreation Area County Park Photo, Olympic National Park, Washington
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Salt Creek County Park is located on the beautiful rocky coast of the Straight of Juan de Fuca. The park is 10 miles west of Port Angeles, off of Highway 112 north of the town of Joyce. Follow the signs and Crescent Beach Road to the park. This is a great home base location for day trips around the area. It is close to the Hurricane Ridge area of Olympic National Park, Port Angeles and the ferries to Victoria Canada, and many other activities. There is plenty of hiking and sea kayaking to be done, as well as dining and shopping in Port Angeles. The area that the park is on was originally used during WWII as a harbor defense military base called Fort Hayden. The only remnants of the old For...Read More

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Salt Creek Recreation Area County Park
3506 Camp Hayden Road
Olympic Peninsula, Washington 98363
(360) 928-3441

Victoria - Port Angeles Vehicle & Passenger Ferry

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Attraction | "Ferry to Victoria, Canada"

Victoria - Port Angeles Vehicle & Passenger Ferry Photo, Olympic National Park, Washington
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Port Angeles, Washington is located on the Straight of Juan de Fuca, and from town, we looked out across the water and saw… Canada! Unbelievable as it sounds, I have never been to Canada, so this entry is about my five whole hours in the city of Victoria, Canada. From the main dock of Port Angeles (easy to find), there are two ferries that go to Victoria. One ferry takes cars and passengers, but the one we chose, Victoria Express, takes only passengers. The ferry leaves Port Angeles at 8:10am, 12:15pm, and 4:15pm. The cost is $25 per person, round trip, and the trip takes 45-60 minutes each way. US citizens need only a drivers license; others will need a passport. We missed the early ferry...Read More

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Victoria - Port Angeles Vehicle & Passenger Ferry
101 East Railroad Avenue
Olympic Peninsula, Washington
(360) 457-4491

Olympic National Park

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Attraction | "Olympic National Park – Beaches"

Olympic National Park Photo, Olympic National Park, Washington
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When I think of the beach, I think sunshine, sunbathing, and soft sand. These are not the kind of beaches that you will find in Washington. The Washington beaches are made of rock and driftwood, and are very cool. I wore a fleece jacket, hat, and mittens on one very cool day – and it was July! I actually prefer this type of beach now that I’ve visited one – the scenery is more rugged and wild, with seastacks covered with birds and other wildlife. The cool, damp weather makes for smaller crowds and more solitude. And the periodic fog gives an air of mystery. The beaches that we visited are Klaloch and Ruby Beach. Klaloch was an area that we had heard about from friends. While we weren’t a...Read More

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Olympic National Park
600 East Park Avenue
Olympic Peninsula, Washington 98362
(360) 565-3130

Hoh Rain Forest

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Attraction | "Olympic National Park – Hoh Rainforest"

Hoh Rain Forest Photo, Olympic National Park, Washington
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The west side of Olympic National Park is primarily rainforest. With 150 inches of rain per year and trees over 1000 years old, the Hoh Rainforest is definitely a must see. To enter the Hoh Rainforest, we drove east from the town of Forks, a small logging community. We passed through an Entrance Station at the boundary of the Park, and then before too long came to a parking area and Visitor Center. It was a busy place the day we were there, so we were anxious to hit the trail and lose the crowds as soon as possible. We normally like to go to a Ranger program before hiking to learn about the area, but this time we got the minimum critical information from the rangers and went on our way. We ...Read More

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Hoh Rain Forest

Olympic National Park, Washington

Marymere Falls/Marymere Falls Trail

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Attraction | "Olympic National Park – Hike to Marymere Falls"

Marymere Falls/Marymere Falls Trail Photo, Olympic National Park, Washington
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The hike to Marymere Falls starts from Highway 101 near Crescent Lake, on the north side of Olympic National Park. The parking lot is on the north side of the road near a small ranger station (I don’t remember the name, but it is the only one, and there is a sign for Marymere Falls). The trail starts from the parking lot and then heads under the road to the south side and then into Olympic National Park. The hike is 1.8 miles roundtrip. Even though it is a fairly short hike, there is a big payoff – a 90 foot waterfall cascading in a shimmering ribbon down a rocky cliff. On the way to the falls, though, take note of the interpretive signs posted along the trail. The signs are very educationa...Read More

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Marymere Falls/Marymere Falls Trail
Lake Crescent
Olympic National Park, Washington