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A Waterfront Inn on Washington's Olympic Peninsula

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Day 1: Hurricane Ridge & Lake Crescent

If the sun is shining and the mountains are clear, it’s a great day to visit Hurricane Ridge.

Recommended day trip:
Hurricane Ridge (45 minutes from Sea Cliff Gardens)
Lake Crescent (50 minutes from Hurricane Ridge)
Hike to Marymere Falls (trailhead at Lake Crescent)
Sol Duc Valley (20 minutes from Lake Crescent)

 
Hurricane Ridge - 45 minutes from Sea Cliff Gardens
Hurrican Ridge
photo by John Gussman

Reasons to go:

  • Sweeping views of the glacier-capped Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan De Fuca
  • Summer hiking trails – both easy and strenuous – through alpine meadows brimming with wildflowers
  • Winter slopes and cross-country trails for skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing
  • Visitor’s Center and gift shop situated near the 5,200-foot peak


More information:
Hurricane Ridges is open every day during the summer, Friday through Sunday during the winter
www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/visiting-hurricane-ridge.htm
www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/hurricane-ridge-in-winter.htm


Lake Crescent - 50 minutes from Hurricane Ridge
Lake Crescent
photo by John Gussman

Reasons to go:

  • Clear blue-green waters of the glacially carved lake that plunge to a depth of 624 feet
  • Towering old-growth trees
  • Hiking trails – both level and steep – which range from .6 mile to 4 miles
  • Lake Crescent Lodge (open summer months only), where you can enjoy lunch or dinner with an exceptional view of the lake


Marymere Falls - trailhead begins at Lake Crescent
Marymere Falls
photo by John Gussman

Reasons to go:

  • You're already there – the trailhead begins at Lake Crescent’s Storm King Ranger Station
  • A gentle, one-mile hike through ferns and moss-covered forest
  • Marymere Falls cascades a breathtaking 90 feet


Scenic Drive to Sol Duc Valley - 20 minutes from Lake Crescent
Sol Duc Valley
photo by John Gussman

Reasons to go:

  • An easy .8-mile trail to the misty, thundering Sol Duc falls
  • A valley laced with magnificent old-growth timber
  • Salmon Cascades Overlook (popular in September-November), where thousands of determined coho salmon swarm through the Sol Duc River and battle their way through the falls on their upstream journey.
  • Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort (open summer months only), where three mineral pools offer a range of temperatures for soaking tired hiking muscles


Top off your day with dinner at one of our fine area restaurants. (Ask us for recommendations!) Then come on back to Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast, where you can soak in your Jacuzzi hot tub and watch the sun set over the ocean.