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Five Great Winter Hikes on the Olympic Peninsula

January 11, 2019
    

January 8, 2019 By: Tommy Farris | Owner & Founder, Olympic Hiking Co. Winter. I’ve been patiently waiting for this season on the Olympic Peninsula, as it is arguably my favorite to get out and explore. Stormy winter waves crash along the coastline, the hiking trails provide peace and solitude, the air is crisp, and the forests are replenished and …

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Skyline Drive-In—A blast from the past

September 5, 2018

The Olympic Peninsula is home to a huge slice of nostalgia and Americana that’s tough to find anywhere else. The iconic Skyline Drive-In in Shelton is one of only five remaining drive-in movie theaters in Washington state. Fewer than 300 remain …

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Relax and recharge this fall on the Olympic Peninsula

September 5, 2018

Take advantage of the lull between the hot and hectic summer months and the bustle of the holidays ahead. Fall is the perfect time to visit the Olympic Peninsula. The crowds have thinned, the air is crisp and fall colors …

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Railroad Bridge Park—A distinct destination and stellar stop along the trail

September 5, 2018

Delightful and a little unexpected, Railroad Bridge Park in Sequim follows an historic rail line that is now an iconic part of the Olympic Discovery Trail. The park’s centerpiece is a rare wooden-truss bridge that spans more than 730 feet across …

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Chetzemoka Park—Port Townsend’s crown jewel

September 5, 2018

Perched on a bluff overlooking stunning Admiralty Inlet, Chetzemoka Park is the pride of Port Townsend and rich with history. When settlers arrived in Port Townsend in the early 1850s, they were warmly welcomed by Chief Chetzemoka and his S’Klallam tribe. …

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Ediz Hook—Views that stretch from peaks to city to sea

September 5, 2018

A bike, hike or walk along Ediz Hook in Port Angeles will lead you to one of the best views in the region. Under clear or cloudy skies, you’ll see the Olympic Mountains jut sky-high above the city and pop against …

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Mount Walker—Short, steep and views galore

September 5, 2018

Take a short side trip off U.S. Highway 101 in North Hood Canal to Mount Walker, the only peak facing Puget Sound that has a road to its summit. Once you park the car, the steep, two-mile hike through dense, century-old …

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July Creek Picnic Area—Panoramic lake views that will astound

September 5, 2018

Take a scenic respite at July Creek Picnic Area. You’ll find one the best vantage points in the Quinault Valley, a natural wonderland and gateway to alpine meadows, turquoise waters and ice-carved peaks. Home to majestic Roosevelt elk, record-breaking trees, …

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The Tree of Life—A towering spruce suspended in space and rooted in mystery

September 5, 2018

A stroll along the sandy Kalaloch beaches offers stunning views, an abundance of wildlife and a true mystery of nature. The Tree of Life, also known as The Root Cave, “grows” along a coastal bluff near Kalaloch Campground. We use the …

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Mouth of the Elwha River—Discover and explore a river transformed

September 5, 2018

Experience the transformation of an historic waterway near the small town of Joyce. The story of the Elwha River is as wide and wandering as its path from its headwaters in the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de …

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Hoh Rain Forest—One Square Inch of Silence

September 5, 2018

Here on the Olympic Peninsula, we know how to do quiet. Rain and old-growth forest, alpine wilderness, and spans of pristine lake shores and ocean beaches provide a soundtrack that’s pure nature. So, it’s no surprise the peninsula is also …

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