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Races & Tours on the Olympic Peninsula

January 3, 2020
          

Reset your pace. Walk, run, ride or race. Aiming for a more fit lifestyle in 2020?  There’s nothing more motivational than the goal of a race. Lace up your running shoes or pump up your tires, throw on your gear, …

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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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Exploring Third Beach

Third Beach—Relax, reflect and recharge

September 5, 2018

When visiting Forks and La Push, a trek to the Pacific coast is a must. Consider a beach less traveled especially from September through May. Third Beach will nourish your need for water, wildlife and eye-popping views, and provide some …

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Port Hadlock Bay—Art, History and Culinary Rewards

September 5, 2018

History runs deep along the waters of Port Hadlock Marina This waterside treasure in the Chimacum Valley was once a hub for Native American trade and commerce and a rough-and-tumble frontier mill town. Today, the marina area is astir with artisan food, …

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Clallam Bay Spit—A beach and birding bonanza without the crowds

September 5, 2018

Clallam Bay offers a choice spot that’s light on visitors and heavy on scenery, shoreline and birds. Clallam Bay Spit and Community Beach County Park sits on 33 acres where the nutrient-rich waters of the Clallam River feed in to the …

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