Bird Watching and Wildlife Viewing

Olympic National Park

The majesty of the Olympic Mountains, the fairy-tale quality of the rain forests and the pristine wilderness coastline are great reasons to visit Olympic National Park. This World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve encompasses nearly one million acres and also includes glacier-carved lakes, waterfalls, over 600 miles of hiking trails, dozens of campgrounds and scenic vistas. Highlights of the Park include Hurricane Ridge, the Hoh Rain Forest and 60 miles of unspoiled coastline.

Location

Olympic National Park Visitor Information Center
600 E. Park Ave.
Port Angeles, WA, 98362
United States
48° 6' 6.0048" N, 123° 25' 59.6748" W
See map: Google Maps

Wildlife Viewing

The Olympic Peninsula is one of the best places on the globe to view diverse wildlife at close proximity. Black-tailed deer inhabit the hills and lowlands and are frequently seen through the region. Likewise, eagles and raptors such as falcons and hawks populate many areas on the peninsula. In the fall, spawning season brings different species of salmon into the rivers and streams. In Olympic National Park, mountain goats live in the higher altitudes, while Roosevelt elk roam in the lower areas and move in and out of the Park boundaries.

Location

WA
United States
48° 5' 28.1472" N, 123° 3' 3.8916" W
See map: Google Maps

Olympic Peninsula BirdFest

Olympic Peninsula BirdFest
Annually in April
360-681-4076 or info@olympicbirdfest.org

Location

Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park
2151 W Hendrickson Rd.
Sequim, WA, 98382
United States
48° 5' 9.312" N, 123° 8' 46.6836" W
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Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society

The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society promotes birding, conservation of habitat and biological diversity on the Olympic Peninsula through educational and conservation efforts. We are a local chapter of the National Audubon Society and a partner supporting the mission of the Dungeness River Audubon Center.

We live in a unique area. Bounded by the Olympic Mountains and Pacific Ocean/Strait of Juan de Fuca, are blessed with a rich birding environment. The climate ranges from rain forest to semiarid. Plus, the peninsula is on the path for many migratory birds.

Location

Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park
2151 W Hendrickson Rd
Sequim, WA, 98382
United States
48° 5' 9.312" N, 123° 8' 46.6836" W
See map: Google Maps

Puget Sound Express

Location

Puget Sound Express
227 Jackson St.
Port Townsend, WA, 98368
United States
48° 7' 0.3504" N, 122° 45' 6.318" 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 Ludlow Area Trails

Port Ludlow Area Trails

A County Commissioner’s Favorite Hiking Trails
By John Austin  

Ludlow Falls Scenic Interpretive Trail  

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
See map: Google Maps

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
See map: Google Maps

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
See map: Google Maps

South Mason County Parks

 

Location

South Mason County ParksWA
United States
47° 13' 23.8764" N, 123° 7' 15.7188" W
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