Hood Canal and Olympic Peninsula Activity Suggestions
Situated between the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains in Jefferson County, Washington; Hood Canal is filled with world-class activities like SCUBA and skydiving, a thriving culinary scene sampling heavily from locally-sourced and wild-caught fare, an active social calendar packed with live music and community events and plenty of places to hide away from it all when you just want the world to yourself. Here are just a few suggestions:
Rocky Brook Falls
You'll find the 'secret waterfall' approximately 5 miles from our house. There are directions in the blue binder at our house. There is less than a quarter mile walk to the falls on mostly level ground. The waterfall drop is 229 feet.
This is a challenging day hike. During the 5 mile round trip hike you gain 2000 feet in elevation. There are 2 main look out points at the top that are amazing. On a clear day you can see sky scrapers in Seattle, Vancouver Island in Canada, and much more. At the second vantage point you can see most of Hood Canal. If you go plan to take some Cheerios or peanuts to feed the Camp Robber birds. They will usually land on your hand and eat right from your palm. If you don’t have the time or desire to hike up you can also drive to each vantage point. You would drive approximately 7 miles north on Hwy 101 and you will see signs to Mt. Walker.
olympic game farm
Olympic Game Farm is a lot of fun. Their web site is www.olygamefarm.com and phone is 800-778-4295. You will see many TV star large animals that live there. There have been many nature movies and TV shows filmed there.
Hurricane Ridge is the most easily accessed mountain area within Olympic National Park. In clear weather, fantastic views can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Hurricane Ridge is located 17 miles south of Port Angeles on Hurricane Ridge Road, off Mount Angeles Road.
The road is open throughout summer. During the winter season, the road is scheduled to be open Friday through Sunday and holiday Mondays, weather and road conditions permitting. All vehicles must carry tire chains during the winter season. Check the road status before coming by calling (360)565-3131.
Olympic Music Festival
Founded in 1984, the Olympic Music Festival was originally located on an idyllic 55-acre farm on Washington’s spectacular Olympic Peninsula just 18 miles south of Port Townsend. The festival began as the summer retreat of the Philadelphia String Quartet. Soon after, it became a widely noted arts organization in the Pacific Northwest. Held in August/September.
Olympic Raft and Kayak
The only Raft Trip INSIDE Olympic National Park on the Elwha River. Also guided Sea Kayak Tours on the Salish Sea. Providing ACA Instructor lead Whitewater & Sea Kayak Instruction. Your one stop shop for a Liquid Mountain Adventure!
- Whale Watching Trips are available at Puget Sound Express in Port Townsend. It is a good idea to make a reservation. They also have some wildlife cruises (360) 385-5582. Website: https://www.pugetsoundexpress.com/
- Rent kayaks and have them delivered by Kayak Brinnon (360) 796-4116.
- Bike trail called Larry Scott Trail, roundtrip 20 miles, compact gravel maintained by the DOT. Bikes can be rented at, The Broken Spoke 230 Taylor St Port Townsend, Wa. 98368, (360) 379-1295. Mostly level but part has a seven to eight percent grade.