Sometimes you just need a little breathing room and that is exactly what Sekiu, Washington can offer.
It is a place of renewal like none other you have ever seen. Clallam Bay is place where you can leave behind the hussle and bussle of your busy life. You can forget about stress and worry. You can relax, refresh and renew your body and soul.
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It sits on the Olympic Peninsula, on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A truly spectacular area filled will fabulous sights. From the glorious bay to the historic fishing villages, this is the place to go for a real northwestern experience.
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The area is most famous for its outstanding fishing opportunities. Generations after generations of anglers have flocked to the northwest, launched their boats and tried their luck and skill at landing a record breaking halibut or salmon.
Sekiu is also a fantastic place for family adventures. Take the whole family for a fun filled day of hiking, bird watching, beach combing, kayaking and swimming. You can spend the night camping in the lush wilderness and maybe catch a glimpse of some of the local wildlife.
The best part about outdoor adventures is that there are no long lines and no stop lights. Just you and your family out in the fresh air and beauty of nature.
There is so much to see and do, a short trip will just leave you wanting more. So, why not plan to stay for a while?The Clallam Bay Sekiu visitor center is the best place to start your adventure. Conveniently located, the center offers in-depth knowledge about the area attractions and maps to help you get around. They have free internet access and small gift shop with t-shirts and postcards.
The center also houses a unique photo exhibit supplied by the Friends of the Library. The exhibit features photographs of the early logging days, fishing, farming and the old railroad.
The Clallam Bay Sekiu visitor center is open from 9 am to 5 pm from April through October and sporadically from the beginning of November to the end of March.
Hoh Rain Forest
The Hoh Rain Forest is one of the few protected temperate forests north of the equator. It is located on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula. The area receives approximately 140 inches of rain every year, in addition to the condensation of the mist, which supplies about 30 inches more.
The Hoh Rain Forest visitor center is a great place to start. Here you can get all the information you need, plus start your adventure with an easy stroll along one of two trails.
The Hall of Mosses trail is less than a mile long and takes you through magnificent moss laden maples, gloriously green in the spring and spectacularly colored in the fall.
The Spruce Nature trail is just over a mile and winds its way through the younger part of the forest filled with red alders and cottonwoods. The trail shows excellent examples of how the landscape has been carved by the glacier fed river over thousands of years.
The center is also a great starting point for more challenging hikes to the glacier fields and up to the alpine meadows. River trips on the Hoh are available during the summer and local fishing guides provide fabulous fishing opportunities all year.
You can easily access the scenic shores of the Pacific Ocean, just south of the rain forest. Kalaloch beach is a pebble beach with a dramatic surf and powerful undertow. The tidal pools are great for smelt fishing.
Ruby Beach features a meandering creek and dramatic sea stacks. The beach gets its name from the redish colored sand. In the early 1900s there was a gold mining operation located here.
Forks and La Push Area
Forks has recently gained great fame by being the setting for most of the Twilight series of books by Stephenie Meyer. Twilight fans from all over the country visit this small town to walk in Bella's footsteps.
Forks located on a broad prairie about fourteen miles from the ocean. Here you can find great dining, affordable accommodations and plenty of quaint little shops.
There is a good sized park with tennis courts, a covered picnic area and playground on the north end and at the south end of town there is the visitor information center, the Logger Memorial and Timber Museum, which was built by the Forks High School carpentry class in 1990.
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La Push is an unincorporated Quileute Indian village. According to legend, a supernatural transformer created the tribe out of wolves. Their lineage has been traced all the way back to the Ice Age, possibly making the Quileute Indians the first inhabitants of the area.
The First Beach is one mile long and crescent shaped. It is famous for giant waves and whale watching, especially during the winter and early spring. This small community offers fishing charters, fabulous restaurants and quaint accommodations.
Second Beach is extremely popular with photographers. You can get there by taking a short hike through a forested trail. At the end of the trail is a sandy beach two miles long. Keep your eyes open. You don't want to miss the eagle nest sitting just above the tree line.
Third Beach is pretty much level and is accessed through a second growth forest, thanks to tremendous winds in January 1921, which destroyed the original forest. Known as the “21 Blow” winds of 170 miles per hour flatted the forest. Trees equally nearly eight billion board feet of lumber were knocked down.
Visiting these areas will take a good three days to fully appreciate. You will need three more to cover the rest of the north coast, the Ozette Wilderness, Lake Crescent, all of the fabulous waterfalls and the Hot Springs.
And you don't have to worry about where to stay. Sekiu offers everything from tenting and RV camps to luxurious motel accommodations.
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