The Sportsmen Motel is centrally located on the Olympic Peninsula, making the Motel a good base camp as you explore the area. Many people stay three or four days as they visit area attractions like the Hoh Rain Forest, Hurricane Ridge or our neighbor to the north Victoria, Canada. Below are some ideas for possible day trips while you are in the area. |
Day 1 Hurricane Ridge
The must see jewel of the Olympic National Park.
Hurricane Ridge is an easy 17 mile drive taking you up to 5,200 feet
elevation. The spectacular mountains are beauty beyond words. The day
lodge and many trails offer breath taking views of the glacier-clad peaks of the
Olympic Mountains, panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the
Numerous trails range from easy to very difficult, making it possible for
all people to enjoy the area's beauty.
One can take a picnic lunch and spend the day at Hurricane Ridge and
cap off the day by watching an awesome sunset.
Day 2 Lake Crescent & Sol Duc Area
Lake Crescent is a crystal clear 12-mile long lake located 17 miles west of
Port Angeles on Highway 101. The glacier-carved lake offers swimming,
boating and fishing. There are numerous places to get away from it all and to
soak in the awesomeness of nature. Marymere Falls is a mostly level one
mile hike from Storm King Ranger Station. This walk takes you thru the forest
of moss covered trees and large ferns. The Pyramid Mt. Trail reached from the
North Shore Road offers an excellent view of Lake Crescent, Mt. Storm King and
the blue-green slopes of Aurora Ridge. One can also hike along the north
side of the lake on the Spruce Railroad Trail (named after the railroad that was
there during WWI). The rail was used to haul out spruce to make airplanes for
use in the war.
There are numerous places around the lake to stop and enjoy a picnic
lunch. Dining is available at Lake Crescent Lodge and Log Cabin Resort.
Driving west on Highway 101 takes you to the Sol Duc Valley road
just west of Lake Crescent. The approximantly 12 mile drive winds thru the
valley. Two areas of interest along the way are the Salmon Cascades and
Ancient Forest Trail. The Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort offers dining, a small
store & gift shop and three mineral pools and a fresh H2O Pool. Soaking in
the hot mineral pools is a great way to relax those sore muscles after hiking all
The spectacular Sol Duc Falls are a must see!! The trail head is
located a short drive past the resort and camp grounds. Several trails take off
from the Sol Duc Falls Trail taking you up into the Seven Lakes Basin.
Day 3 Hoh Rain Forest and Wild Coastal Beaches
The Hoh Rain Forest is a not-to-be-missed attraction here on the
Olympic Peninsula. Moist ocean air from the Pacific brings over 150" (record of
211") of annual rainfall to this area, which, along with presence of Sitka
spruce and "colonnades" (row of trees that grew atop downed trees called
"nurse logs"), qualify the west-facing valleys of the Olympics as the only
temperate rain forests in the northern hemisphere! The park was
established in 1938 after President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited and was duly
impressed with the region and it's wildlife. Three loop trails near the Hoh
Visitor Center are easy to stroll and give a great sampling of the area: The
Hall of Mosses Trail is 3/4 mile and shows the moss-draped maples,
magically green in the spring, spectacular with color in the fall and a treat any
time of year; the 1 1/4 mile Spruce Trail follows the Hoh River along red alder
and maple "bottom", and shows the landscape carved by this glacier-fed river;
and a paved 1/4 mile path suitable for a wheelchair or stroller. The year-
round Visitor Center is the starting point for many longer and more
challenging hikes up to the alpine meadows and glaciers.
The Hoh Rain Forest is located 90 miles west of The Tudor Inn taking Highway 101 thru the town of Forks.
Scenic shores with easy access are found in the Kalaloch (pronounced
kalay-lock) area, just 15 south of the Rain Forest Road. Beach Trail 4 is a
pebble beach with a dramatic surf (beware of the strong undertow), tidal pools
and is a popular place to dip for smelt. Picturesque Ruby Beach with a
meandering creek and dramatic sea stacks is named for the garnet-colored
sand. Miners panned for gold here earlier in this century.
Rialto Beach, north of the Quillayute River, is one of the few drive-to
beaches in the area and a beautiful spot to enjoy the surf and watch
shorebirds, eagles and seals. On the south side of the river, at La Push, First
Beach is a mile-long crescent known for surfing-size waves and great whale
watching. Kayakers, surfers and seals add to the view. Second Beach, just
east of La Push, is popular with photographers and is reached by way of a .6
mile forested trail that leads to a 2 mile long sandy stretch of beach with sea
stacks and tidal pools - watch for the eagle nest above the tree line. Third
beach, a mile east of Second beach, is a mostly-level 1.5 mile trail through
natural second growth forest, a result of winds up to 170 mph in January
1921. The "21 Blow" leveled nearly 8 billion board feet of timber, enough to
construct 600,000 3-bedroom homes. In the fall, mushrooms flourish under
the forest canopy, be sure to take along a guide book.
Day 4 Neah Bay, Cape Flattery, Makah Museum, Lake Ozette
Head to the most Northwestern tip of the lower 48, visiting Cape
Flattery on the Makah Reservation located 75 miles NW of PA on Hwy 112.
Cape Flattery is located approx 7 miles from Neah Bay. The newly
constructed wooden walk way takes you to some of the most gorgeous,
rugged and wild scenery on the Pacific Coast.
Be sure to take time to explore the internationally known Makah
Museum. The museum is open every day during the summer months and
closed Mondays and Tuesdays from Sept. 16 through May 31. Hours are
10AM-5PM. The Makah Museum is the nation's sole repository for
archalogical discoveries at the Makah Coastal village of Ozette. The
centuries old village was located 15 miles south of present day Neah Bay.
Ozette served the Makah people as a year-around home well into the 20th
In 1970 tidal erosion exposed a group of 500 year old Ozette homes
that have been perfectly preserved in an ancient mud slide. The thousands of
artifacts subsequently discovered have helped recreate Makahs' rich and
exciting history as whalers, fishermen, hunters, gatherers,
crafts people, basket weavers, and warriors. Lake Ozette is located off of Hwy
112 on the Hoko-Ozette Road and follow the road 21 miles to the Ozette
Three miles of planked trail lead the hiker to Sand Point, one of the
most beautiful and primitive beaches on the coast. Continuing north along the
beach you will find dozens of Indian petroglyphs at Wedding Rocks, ask for
the interpretive handout at the ranger station. The northern point of this 9 mile
triangular trail is Cape Alava, with a rocky shore and reefs to explore at low
tide. Cape Alava is also the site of an ancient Makah village. The site is now
closed and marked with a small sign. Be sure to check a tide table and carry
the 10 essentials - and lots of film as seals, deer, eagles and perhaps osprey,
otters and whales may be there, rain or shine! Hike north to Cape Alava
along the beach to keep the ocean breeze at your back, and avoid vibram-
soled shoes as the cedar plank walkway can be slick!
Day 5 Victoria, BC, Canada
Enjoy the sparkling lights of Victoria by night from your guest room at
The Tudor Inn and by day take a ferry over to Victoria and enjoy
the friendly, flowered English city.
The 18 mile crossing time is 1 1/2 hours. Phone 360-457-4491.
The M.V.Coho Ferry operates all year except for 2 weeks in January. The Victoria Express is a
passenger only ferry. Crossing time is 1 hour. Phone 1-800-633-1589 or
360-452-8088. Reservations accepted. Dates of operation: mid-May thru
mid-October. Early morning breakfast is served for guests going to Victoria.
A vehicle is not necessary for a day trip. There are numerous tours
available as well as excellent public transportation.
While in Victoria, you'll have a vast array of activities to choose from
including the world famous Butchart Gardens founded in 1904. From the
exquisite Sunken Garden (once a limestone quarry) to the charming Rose,
Japanese and Stalion gardens, this 50 acre showplace still maintains the
gracious traditions of the past. The Royal B.C. museum is located in the Inner
Harbour area. The well designed museum offers something for everyone.
Also located in the Inner Harbour is the grand old Empress Hotel; be sure to
browse thru the many intriguing shops and perhaps linger awhile and enjoy
High Tea. Another interesting part of Victoria's history is the Craigdarroch
Castle built in the late 1800's by Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who
made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal.
Remember; Victoria is located in a foreign country and picture ID is required to enter
and leave Canada. U.S. Customs phone # is 360-457-0330.
Olympic National Park
Park fee: A pass is required to enter the Olympic National Park. The fee is $10.00 per
car load and is good for 7 days. It can be attained at any of the Park entrances. No pass is
required during the winter months for the Elwha Valley or the Sol Duc Valley. Phone # for
Olympic National Park Visitors Center in Port Angeles is 360-452-2713.
Activities that take less then a full day.
1. Salt creek County Park located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca west of Port Angeles offers
fascinating tidal pools, (ask your hosts regarding tide tables).
2. The Dungeness Spit and Wildlife Refuge offers great beach hiking and wildlife.
3. The Olympic Game Farm in Sequim is great for children of all ages.
4. Ediz Hook in Port Angeles provides great views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains.
Ediz Hook is part of the 5.5 miles of Waterfront Trail; perfect for jogging, walking, biking, or
5. The Elwha Valley west of Port Angeles is a beautiful drive along the rushing Elwha River.
Madison Falls is an easy hike. Further up the valley beyond Lake Mills is the trail head to the
Olympic Hot Springs.
6. Port Townsend, known as "Washington's Victorian Seaport" is located 49 miles east of
Port Angeles. Victorian homes and commercial buildings erected during the
late 1800s are still the city's trademark, along with Fort Worden State Park.
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