Natural History

Olympic National Forest

Olympic National Forest covers over 633,000 acres and is made up of two ranger districts: the Hood Canal and the Pacific. It offers a wide range of recreation, including hiking, camping, backpacking, picnicking, boating and other outdoor activities. It operates 17 campgrounds that are on a first-come, first-served basis and have varying overnight fees. There are five designated Wilderness Areas. These do no require wilderness permits, but a Northwest Forest Pass is required for all vehicles parked at many ONF trailheads.

ONF Hood Canal District
Quilcene, WA
tel: 360-765-2200

Location

StationWA
United States
47° 53' 49.6788" N, 123° 1' 21.0792" W
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Strait of Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway - Hwy 112

One of the nation's newest National Scenic Byways, it follows the shoreline of a glacial fjord that connects Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean, separating the Olympic Peninsula from Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This dramatic stretch of coastline with rugged cliffs and forests, reaches farther into the cold waters of the North Pacific than any other mainland point in the lower 48 states. Eagles, otters and gray whales are common sights, depending on the time of year.

Location

Highway 112 Scenic BywayClallam Bay, Sekiu, Neah Bay
United States
48° 9' 38.9448" N, 123° 57' 14.1624" W
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Elwha River Dam Removal

Restoring the Elwha River

Removal of the Glines Canyon and the Elwha dams on the Elwha River began in September 2011 and today both dams are gone. Lake Mills and Lake Aldwell reservoirs have drained and the Elwha River flows freely from its headwaters in Olympic National Park . The 210-foot Glines Canyon Dam is the tallest dam ever removed in U.S. history. Dam removal, revegetation efforts and other restoration work is intended to restore the Elwha’s legendary salmon runs and the ecosystem of an entire river valley.

Location

Elwha River
Port Angeles
WA
United States
48° 7' 5.3256" N, 123° 25' 50.6676" W
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Western Jefferson County Area Trails

Western Jefferson County

Area Trails

Rain Forest & Ocean Beaches

Before you hike,  you should be aware of some important things:

1.  Be prepared for changing weather, stay on trails, and take out what you bring in.  Help protect our National, Public, Parks.  For some trails listed you need a Park Day Pass.

Location

Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center
93 Beaver Valley Road
Port Ludlow, WA, 98365
United States
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Port Townsend Area Trails

Port  Townsend

 Area Trails

By Karen Anderson

Fort Worden State Park

 

Where:   About 2.5 miles from the Port Townsend Visitor Center. 

· North on Sims Way, Turn left onto Kearnery

· From Kearney, turn right on Blaine

Location

Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center
93 Beaver Valley Road
Port Ludlow, WA, 98365
United States
47° 53' 28.7952" N, 122° 43' 55.1532" W
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Brinnon and Quilcene Area Trails

Falls View Canyon Trails

Where:   3.5 miles south of the Quilcene Visitor Center / Forest Service Office at the Falls View Campground on Highway 101.  This campground has two nice trails for waterfall and river views.

Location

Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center
93 Beaver Valley Road
Port Ludlow, WA, 98365
United States
47° 53' 28.7952" N, 122° 43' 55.1532" W
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Northeast Mason County Parks

 

Location

Northeast Mason County ParksWA
United States
47° 26' 47.994" N, 122° 52' 25.824" W
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World's Largest Red Cedar Tree

World Champion Western Red Cedar (Thuja Plicata)

Section 36, Township 26 North, Range 13 West, W.M.  Jefferson County

19.4 feet in diameter, 178 feet tall, estimated 1000 years old.

Port Ludlow Falls Trail

Here is an opportunity for a walk in Port Ludlow if you are visiting and time is limited. A bit of quiet to reflect on things is on hand with a five minute drive from anywhere in the Port Ludlow area.
The Port Ludlow Falls trail is wonderful, protected, short interpretative trail through varied and quite surroundings.  Many signs point to local micro-environments and their plant species on this adventure punctuated by the Ludlow Falls at the halfway mark.   This walk can be the perfect winter afternoon break.
Directions:

Location

Port LudlowWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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Jefferson County Historical Society Research Center

The Research Center serves as both the primary research facility and the repository for the Society's archival collections. Staff and volunteers are on hand to assist researchers.

PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION HOLDINGS

The Jefferson County Historical Society photo collection includes more than 20,000 original images which may be viewed at the JCHS Research Center. Many have been indexed in our searchable online data base.

Location

Jefferson County Historical Society Museum Research Center
13692 Airport Cutoff Road
Port Townsend, WA, 98368
United States
48° 3' 59.7672" N, 122° 48' 46.7496" W
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