North Olympic Penn.
Lorie McGraw (llmcgraw@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Sun, 24 Aug 1997 18:18:54 +0000
Hi, Tom (and others needing Camping info on Washington State),
We just got back from a wonderful vacation in Wash. We spent a
good deal of time in the Olympics and the Hood Canal region (I also grew up
in the Portland, Ore. area, so had a lot of childhood experiences there,
too). The Hoh Rainforest is part of the Olympic National Park (NPS) and is
truly a Rainforest (so it RAINS). It is on the West side of the park, not
too far from LaPush and Ozette . Neah Bay (Where there is a great museum
about the excavated Makah Indian whaling village from Prehistoric days (see
http://www.northolympic.com/makah/index.html )), the Makah Indians may have
a campground, check with them for their whaling canoe races and
festivals,held in the end of August, really neat neat neat!
On the other side of the penninsula is Sequim State Park, one of the
driest parts of the penn. (about 25 min. from the ferry dock in Pt. Angeles.
Both are great camping places, the Sequim Park having a real nice "big
woods" feel and is on the water (strait). Also in Sequim is the Olympic Game
Farm, a pretty neat exhibit of American animals, includes a drive-though
buffalo pasture (got slobbered on BigTime!) prices are about 8.50 per. Also
the Dungeness Spit wildlife preserve is there, which also allows camping (I
think it is a State reserve, possibly Forest Service). Good place for Bald
Another great campground (my favorite for looks) is Heart of the
Hills, an Oly. NP site just about 10 minutes from Port Angeles. Set in an
Old Growth forest (one of very few left) it is truly beautiful and a great
jumping off place for Hurricane Ridge and many hiking trails (saw 2 bears
and 18 deer at H. Ridge). Hurricane Ridge has some great hiking trails that
start and end at the ridge (hour, day, and more) with wildflowers and
animals everywhere . An incredibly beautiful place.
Down the road (west) a little is Elwah, on the Elwah river, another
NPS campground. HAven't been there, but know it is great, all the NPS ones
are. (Do know that it is wild enough there that a trailbiker got attacked
by a cougar this summer.)
Costs vary, but the NPS (National Park Service) charges $10.00 per
car for 3-day entrance to the park (waived if someone in the group has a
Golden Eagle Pass) plus 8-12$ site cost per night. State parks run 10-16 a
night and some can be reserved. Primitive spots (walk-ins) are usually
less. There are many state parks on the strait side west of Pt. A, most
have fishing and hiking at the very least.
Some places to go to get more info:
Washington State Parks http://www.parks.wa.gov/MapInfo.htm
Olympic National Forest (Surrounds the Olympic National Park)
Olympic National Park http://www.nps.gov/olym/
General info about attractions on the Olympic Penn. can be found at
North Olympic Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau
General Washington Info at: The Washington State Tourism Division:
You an also write to the Olympic National Park, 600 East Park Avenue,
Port Angeles, WA
98362-6798 or call 360-452-4501.
Hope this helps, if not, please contact me and i'll try to get more.
>Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 18:58:03 -0700
>From: Tom Ryan <toryan@IBM.NET>
> Could I get some info on Rain Hoh Forest,Hurricane Ridge, and Marymere
>Falls in Port Angelos Washington.snip Since we live in Victoria we are only
a ferry away>but need infor on where to find these sites and what is there.
>Tom Ryan >1st Douglas Scouts >Victoria B.C. >Canada
Lorie McGraw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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