Close to All Things Wild and Pure
Close to All Things Wild and Pure
Our comfortable, rustic lodges span Olympic National Park & Forest, immersed in the heart of four distinctive settings - from the pure mineral springs at Sol Duc to the beautiful calm waters of Lake Crescent. Whether you choose to stay at one lodge for the entirety of your vacation, or "lodge hop" and pack all four into the trip of a lifetime, we're here to help you plan your stay, with charming lodging accommodations surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty.
Here are our recommendations for sights and experiences when visiting Olympic Peninsula:
Discover the green wonders of nature in this wet and wild forest with huge 500-year-old trees. Hoh gets approximately 150 inches of annual rainfall, and timber grows there faster than anywhere else.
Hood Canal is the longest fjord in the United States. The Hood Canal area is a fun and scenic drive; no matter what road you happen to take.
Hurricane Ridge, over a mile high, offers spectacular views of mountains, wildflowers, deer, black bear, marmots, and other wildlife. This is as good as the Olympic Peninsula gets.
Kalaloch Beach, located 35 miles south of Forks, Washington, is a wide and sandy stretch along the Pacific coastline. Kalaloch Beach, which means "good place to land", is one of the most visited areas of Olympic National Park. It is a safe haven for thousands of sea creatures. Kalaloch Beach is a must if you long for fabulous ocean views and spectacular sunsets.
La Push, located 14 miles from the town of Forks, is located along the Quileute River and is home to the Quileute tribe. It is known for its whale-watching and natural beauty. La Push is one of Washington’s Pacific Coast more popular beaches. It lies on the south side of the Quileute River’s outlet into the Pacific Ocean at the north edge of the Quileute Indian Reservation. The beach, called First Beach, is a wide, crescent shaped, sandy beach with sea stacks between you and the western horizon. During migration, whales can be seen from the beach.
This 10-acre natural lake located at an elevation of 600 feet is a pristine area that provides visitors with an extraordinary place for recreation and relaxation. Lake Crescent Lodge offers visitors the perfect place to stay to experience this scenic lake.
Lake Quinault is located in the glacial-carved Quinault Valley of the Quinault River, at the south end of Olympic National Park. The lake makes up part of the Quinault Rainforest. Lake Quinault is owned by the Quinault Indian Nation and offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, such as fishing, hiking, and biking. Visit the Lake Quinault Museum & Historical Society, located across the street from Lake Quinault Lodge for more information about the rich history of this area.
Marymere Falls is a gorgeous landmark located just off the beaten path near Lake Crescent. Just a short 1.5 mile hike to the viewing bridge, it’s a hike almost anyone can accomplish. The waters of Falls Creek drop nearly 90 feet from a cliff into a small plunge pool near the trail below. It is open year-round and has several other hiking trails in the vicinity.
A delightful way to explore the Olympic Peninsula; the Waterfall Trail offers year-round adventure and dramatic beauty. The Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail is an adventurous circuitous route around the Peninsula to falls big and small, remote and easily accessed. Two falls can be accessed only by boat.
Quinault Rain Forest, is one of only three temperate rain forests in the Western hemisphere. In the Quinault Rain Forest you will find the largest Sitka Spruce tree in the world, along with Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar trees. To truly experience this magnificent place consider one of our Rain Forest Tours and a visit to Lake Quinault Lodge.
The Quinault Rain Forest Loop is a 30-mile road that takes you around Lake Quinault on the south side of Olympic National Park. This loop is a very scenic drive so be sure to bring your camera. Keep an eye out for Roosevelt Elk, Black Tail Deer, Cougars, Bald Eagles, Bobcats, and even Black Bears.
Ruby Beach is located in the Olympic Peninsula on the southwest side of the Olympic National Park. Ruby beach gets it's name from rose-colored gemstone fragments found in the grey sand. As part of the Olympic National Park, the shoreline of Ruby Beach offers scenic views of mountains, glaciers, rainforests, and lots of wilderness. When visiting the area, definitely put Ruby beach on your agenda - it will be well worth it.
Sol Duc Falls is an absolutely breathtaking Northwest waterfall. With lush greenery all around and rushing, pristine mountain water, and great hiking trails, it is a must-see destination! It is open year-round and in contrast to most falls on the Olympic Peninsula, this one is viewed from above stream level. In the rainy season and early spring runoff this falls can be spectacular as it thunders beneath your feet. Winter viewing may require a snowshoe hike as Sol Duc Hot Springs and road close during the snowy off-season.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort offers three mineral hot spring soaking pools and one freshwater swimming pool. Temperatures vary between the pools, allowing you to find the perfect one to relax and soak in. The springs receive part of their water from rain and melting snow, which seep through cracks in the sedimentary rocks where it mingles with gasses coming from cooling volcanic rocks. The mineralized waters then rise to the surface along a larger crack or fissure.
Old-growth forest, subalpine lakes, and snowy peaks populate the Sol Duc landscape, while the Sol Duc River serves as a key highway for coho salmon, running through the valley and ascending to the lakes and headwaters in the surrounding mountains. The Sol Duc is the only river on the North Olympic Peninsula that sees summer Coho Salmon return to its waters. You may watch the leaping salmon from the above viewing platform along the river. Don’t forget your camera!