Port Angeles Area
A Hub for Exploring the Olympic Peninsula ...
Port Angeles is nestled between the Strait of
Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountain Range
on the north end of Washington’s Olympic
Peninsula. Port Angeles is an active, deep water
seaport. The city pier offers a great view of the
ships and Victoria, Canada can be seen across
the Strait of Juan de Fuca. During the summer
there are many fun events. Check out the art
galleries, gift shops, restaurants, and antique
shops that are plentiful in the downtown area.
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For many who come to the area, the Olympic National Park is high on
their list of places to visit, and Hurricane Ridge is a very popular spot in the
park. From Port Angeles, Hurricane Ridge is only a short 18 mile drive to
the south and is probably the most easily accessed mountain area in the
Olympic National Park. The visitor center and hiking trails give you a great
view of the Olympic range, as well as wildlife such as deer. During our visit
in the summer of 2015 we walked right past a deer standing near the
sidewalk on the way to the visitor center. Inside the visitor center they have
a well stocked gift shop and on the second story there is a panoramic view
of the Olympic Mountain Range. In this viewing room they had a 3D model
of the mountain range which gave you a better understanding of the area.
Continuing west from Lake Crescent is the Sol Duc Area. Sol Duc Hot Spring Resort has cabins, an RV park,
a swimming pool, restaurant, shop and hot mineral pools. Sol Duc Campground has 82 camp sites, an RV
dump station, rest rooms, and also includes some great hiking trails along the river. The Sol Duc Falls Trail
is 0.8 miles one way with about a 210 ft elevation gain. The trail takes you through old growth forest and
arrives at the lovely, cascading waterfall. We thoroughly enjoyed the hike! The beautiful river views and the
stunning waterfall were great, and we worked up an appetite, so we concluded with a family picnic.
About a half hour west of Port Angeles is Lake Crescent, a clear, deep,
glacially carved lake. It stretches about 12 miles along Hwy 101 and has a
beautiful blue-green color. Picnic, camp, boat or hike the many scenic trails
located here. Lake Crescent Lodge and Lake Cabin Resort offer lodging,
restaurants and boat rentals.
We mentioned some fun and interesting sites to the south and west of Port Angeles, however, while you are
here, you may want to explore the area to the east around Sequim and Port Townsend. Each of these
areas also has a great deal to offer in their downtown as well as in the outdoor, historical and nature setting
around them. Have fun and enjoy Washington's beautiful Olympic Peninsula!
For those who love the outdoors and nature
settings there is plenty to do near Port Angeles,
as it is ideally situated to provide access to pristine lakes, mountains and the ocean.
of less than 50 ft. This is a paved trail with views of Port Angeles and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is also
wheelchair accessible. Some of the more demanding hiking trails are the Wolf Creek, Little River and Hurricane
Hill/Elwha. These are 6-8 miles one-way with significant elevation changes. Hurricane Ridge is also popular in the
winter for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sledding.
has a number of
good hiking trails
ranging in length
The Cirque Rim
Trail is an easy
half mile hike
one-way with an