Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula
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The best-selling guide to the Olympic Peninsulanow fully revised, updated, and expanded!
* Completely updated, including all new photos
* 25 entirely new hikes, 136 hikes total
* 11 new nature trails: shorter interpretive trails that are less than 3 miles round-trip, less than 500 feet of elevation gain, and often unpaved.
the old trail, where 0.5 mile of somewhat muddy terrain must still be negotiated. Eventually this part of the trail will be rehabilitated. At 1.75 miles you’ll reach the national park boundary. Now, the only thing separating you from the spectacular beach is a steep trail down a 150-foot bluff. Brace your knees and emerge at the northern end of the 2-mile sandy beach. Taste the salty air. Feel the pounding surf at your feet. Embrace the raw beauty of this wilderness beach and immediately forget
the tranquil waters. The northern end of the lake is marshy, providing good cover for ducks, geese, and herons. In 1 mile you’ll hit an old logging road. Turn right, cross Sylvia’s inlet stream, and then turn right again to hike back along the lake’s eastern shore. The return trail is wilder, climbing over bluffs and darting in and out of cool side ravines. You’ll emerge in the park’s attractive campground (a great weekend base). Walk the campground access road a short distance back to the
actually want to get a look at you. In very rare cases (and I repeat, rare) a bear may act aggressively. If you did everything right (see “Bears” in the introduction) and Yogi appears to be agitated, heed the following advice, compliments of fellow guidebook writer and man of many bear encounters, Dan Nelson: • Respect a bear’s need for personal space. If you see a bear in the distance, make a wide detour around it, or if that’s not possible (i.e., if the trail leads close to the bear) leave the
and big views. Aside from Rainier grabbing most of your attention, watch for myriad species of birds flitting in the lagoon and bobbing in the bay. Walk to where a narrow strip of beach connects Indian to Marrowstone Island. Here the public beach ends. Turn around and enjoy your shoreline stroll all over again. olympic peninsula: northeast Placid Deer Lake above the Sol Duc Valley Strait of Juan de Fuca The portal to Puget Sound, the 100-mile-long Strait of Juan de Fuca acts as a transition
to the junction with State Route 112. Turn right (west) on SR 112, continuing 44 miles to the community of Clallam Bay. (Alternatively, take US 101 to Sappho and drive SR 113 north to SR 112 and then on to Clallam Bay. This way is longer, but not as curvy.) In Clallam Bay look for a sign indicating “Clallam Bay Community Beach.” Located on your right, the turnoff is near an auto center and across the street from a closed grocery. The trailhead is located at a large parking area. Water and