Hiking Olympic Peninsula
Below are is a list of some highlighted shorter hikes for the casual hiker and sight seer. If your into serious hiking you can check out the extensive trail map by clicking the image to your right. The map is also great for day hikers and just getting your bearings of the Peninsulas layout. The websites below will give you further info to plan your hiking adventures.
Dungeness Spit 12.3 miles
The Dungeness Spit is an 11 mile round trip hike to the lighthouse near the end (accessible at low tide) or just a half mile (rather steep) walk through the woods to the beach at the beginning of the spit. There is a $3.00 per four people fee and the bay side of the spit as well as the land beyond the lighthouse is a closed wildlife sanctuary.
Marymere Falls 23.5 miles
Marymere falls is a simple and very scenic hike starting at the ranger station near the boat launch at Barnes Point on Lake Crescent. The 1.5 mile round trip hike takes you through old second growth forest with some huge old growth trees, across rustic stream bridges and up to the falls.
Mount Storm King 23.5 miles
If your looking for a challenge or an adventure, the Storm King trail is well worth the "climb". Starting at Barnes Point take the Marymere falls trail to the Storm King trail head on the left hand side at 0.6 miles. With a 1780 ft. ascent in a 3.8 mile round trip you will find some of the best possible views of Lake Crescent from the rocky top of this ridge. There are ropes to help keep your footing on the steep parts. I don't want to give away the view with the photo but you will want your camera at the top!
Olympic Discovery Trail 1.6 miles
If you're more into the paved hiking, The Olympic discovery trail is ideal. The large parking lot at morse creek gives you access to an all flat, wide, mostly paved, car free strip of the trail. This scenic piece of the trail runs across the creek, to the beach and follows the waterfront all the way to downtown Port Angeles (4 miles) and on out to Ediz Hook. It’s great for kids, new riders, walking and trailering. The entire trail consists of 69 miles and more under construction. It will eventually run from Port Townsend to the North West Coast beaches.
Salt Creek Recreation Area 19.5 miles
Salt Creek Recreation Area has a lot to offer! Explore the designated marine life sanctuary tide pools filled with anemones and other sea creatures, WWII bunkers and simple nature trails with views of the sea cliffs. Premier birding, Kayaking, biking, scuba diving, beginner surfing, swimming and sightseeing are just some of the things to do.