Notch Pass–Hike through history over Quilcene Ridge

Location: Quilcene Valley, Northeast Olympic Peninsula Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 8.4 miles Elevation gain: 2,800 feet Contact: Hood Canal Ranger District Olympic National Forest  Guidebook: Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula (2nd Edition) Notes: Practice Leave No Trace Principles Access: From Quilcene drive US 101 south for 1.5 miles turning right onto Penny Creek Road. After 1.5 […]

Royal Basin–Crown jewel of the Olympic Rain shadow

Location: Northeast Olympic Peninsula Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 16.0 miles Elevation gain: 2700 feet Contact: Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center Green Trails Map: Olympic Mountains East No. 168SX Notes: NW Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required; Dogs-prohibited at national park boundary (at 1.3 miles)  Good to Know: Exceptional Wildflowers, Backpacking options Access: Take […]

Ruby Beach─Easily accessible but still wild

Quick Facts Location: Olympic Coast Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: To Ruby Beach: 0.5 mile; To Hoh River: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 80 feet Green Trails Map: La Push, WA – No. 163S Notes: Dogs permitted but must be on a leash. Access: From Forks, head south on US 101 for 27 miles to […]

Third Beach– First Rate and second to none!

Quick Facts: Location: Olympic Coast near Forks Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 2.6 miles Elevation gain: 300 feet Contact: Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center Green Trails Map: La Push, WA- No 163S Notes: Dogs Prohibited Good to Know: kid-friendly, snow free winter hike; beach walking; exceptional wildlife viewing. waterfall Access: From Forks, head […]