Olympic National Park Hiking
Trails on the Olympic Peninsula range from easy strolls to all-day hikes and everything in between. Hiking trails climb to spectacular panoramic vistas, lead to lush glacial waterfalls, and weave through rain forests adorned with majestic old-growth trees. Trails guide you beside scenic rivers, deep into elk-inhabited valleys, and along the dramatic Washington coast. Zoom in on the map in the link below to see all 393 hiking trails in the Olympic National Forest and the Olympic National Park.
The striking contrasts and breathtaking beauty of the Olympic National Park beg you to tote along your camera. Photo opportunities abound on every coast, river, mountain, and forest trail. For a fabulous preview of what you’ll see at the Olympic National Park, look for a moment through the lenses of these gifted nature photographers.
The scenic, 30-mile Olympic Discovery Trail extends from Sequim Bay to the tip of Ediz Hook in Port Angeles. This well-maintained bike trail runs parallel to the Pacific Coast Highway (US Hwy 101), less than two miles from Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast. Bring your bicycle (or rent one near the trailhead, in Sequim) and spend a day or two exploring the natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula on two wheels.
Kayaking & Rafting
Sequim Bay, Dungeness Spit, Freshwater Bay, and Neah Bay offer smooth waters for sea kayaking; while Lake Crescent and Lake Atwell offer pristine inland beauty. Olympic Peninsula kayaking tours are available through Adventures Through Kayaking Outfitters.
Huge halibut and salmon swimming through the Strait of Juan de Fuca beckon deep sea sport fishers; renowned Dungeness crab has a mouthwatering pull of its own; and pristine rivers and lakes teeming with trout and salmon draw anglers from all over the country. A list of Olympic Peninsula fishing guides, fishing spots, fishing seasons, and Washington fishing license requirements is available at:
With the Salish Sea as their playground, pods of orcas can be seen year-round romping through the waters that surround the San Juan Islands. Whale watching tours cast off from Port Townsend and are a perfect way to spend a perfect day in the Pacific Northwest. If you prefer to stay afoot, migrating gray and humpback whales are often seen during the spring and fall from Neah Bay, and from the ocean beaches on the western coast of the Olympic Peninsula.
From hummingbirds to eagles, from tufted puffins to rhinoceros auklets, hundreds of species live year-round on the Olympic Peninsula. Mild winters appeal to ocean birds, while diverse habitats from tidelands to rain forests support incredible variety, from marbled murrelets to chestnut-backed chickadees. A map of the Great Washington State Birding Trail can be seen here:
US Forest Service
Golf courses are open year-round in sunny Sequim. Ask us about a lodging-and-golf package, and we’ll pass along to you our special hotel discount at an 18-hole championship golf course in Sequim. If you like, we’ll set up your tee-time and reserve your cart too. Here’s more information about golfing in Sequim: