Monthly Archives: January 2013

107 – Fort Casey State Park

On the Whidbey side of the Clinton Ferry, Fort Casey State Park, with its big guns, bunkers, miles of trails, beach walk and a third lighthouse visit in as many days always makes for a great hike.

Admiralty Head Lighthouse

Admiralty Head Lighthouse

Go here – http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=fort%20casey – for more information on Fort Casey State Park.

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106 – Coupeville Dockside Walk

Coupeville is one of those artsy, waterfront towns that tourists love to visit. Returning by ferry from a trip to the Olympic Vacation, we decided to stop at Coupeville to take in their Dockside Walk. Most of the tourists visit Coupeville during the warm, summer months, so it was very enjoyable to be there at the end of January as we practically had the entire town to ourselves.

On the Coupeville Wharf

On the Coupeville Wharf

This was really more of an urban walk than hike, but is included here as it is pretty easy to log several miles of walking along the dock, historic wharf, museum and side streets. Go here – http://www.cometocoupeville.com/ – for information on the town of Coupeville.

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105 – Fort Warden State Park

History, barracks, batteries, museums, castles, tunnels, bluffs, a Lighthouse and more, by the time we had finished exploring this State Park, my Fitbit had logged me at just over four miles on the trails at Fort Warden State Park.

Having a great time, wish you were here

Having a great time, wish you were here

Go here – http://www.parks.wa.gov/fortworden/ – for more information on Fort Warden State Park.

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104 – Spruce Railroad

A scenic hike along the shore of Lake Crescent, rich with history from the old railroad, the Spruce Railroad Trail follows the shore of the lake and passes the remains of several railroad tunnels.

Spruce Railroad Trailhead

Spruce Railroad Trailhead

Information, driving directions and recent trip reports for the Spruce Railroad trail is available on the Washington Trails Association website, here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/spruce-railroad.

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103 – Olympic Discovery Trail/Johnson Creek Trestle

Four hundred ten feet long and 86 feet high, the Johnson Creek Trestle along the Olympic Discovery Trail was our first hike of the day.

At the Johnson Creek Trestle

At the Johnson Creek Trestle

The Olympic Discovery Trail has five original railroad trestles that have been converted to trail use. With three of them being over 400 feet long, the highest is 85 feet above the stream bed and was curved to increase stability. This one is certainly impressive!

Johnson Creek Trestle

Johnson Creek Trestle

More information about the Olympic Discovery Trail and the Johnson Creek Trestle can be found here – http://www.olympicdiscoverytrail.com/ .

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Back to Sequim Bay Resort to research next hike

Back to Sequim Bay Resort to research next hike

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102 – Dungeness Spit

We were told we were their only visitors for the day as we toured the New Dungeness Lighthouse (the “old” one happens to be in Scotland). Maybe it was because it is an 11-1/2 mile walk along the wave-slapped shore of the Dungeness Spit to get there and back, but we sure had a GREAT time!

Trailhead for hike along Dungenous Spit to the lighthouse

Trailhead for the hike along Dungenous Spit

The wind was blowing, waves of tide were rolling in and it was raining as we hit the narrow strip of beach along the longest coastal spit in the continental United States.

It is an awesome beach

It is an awesome beach

As we approached our final destination, the keeper of the lighthouse came out to greet us.

The lighthouse

The lighthouse

Families volunteer for a week at a time to be lighthouse keepers. They and their guests get to stay in the furnished house by the lighthouse and when visitors hike out, their job is to give them a tour.

The stairs in the lighthouse

The stairs in the lighthouse

Our private tour took us all the way up to the top of the lighthouse.

Up in the lighthouse

Up in the lighthouse

After touring the lighthouse, we were escorted to a warm, dry building with a bench where we sat and ate our lunch before making the long hike back along the spit to the trailhead.

Running from the incoming tide

Running from the incoming tide

More information about the Dungeness Spit hike can be found on the Washington Trails Association website here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/dungeness-national-wildlife-refuge.

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101 – Sequim Bay John Wayne Marina

Ferrying to the Olympic Peninsula for a few days of winter hiking, here we are on the Kennewick.

Onboard the Kennewick

Onboard the Kennewick

Staying in a cabin at the beautiful Sequim Bay Resort (now called John Wayne’s Waterfront Resort), we were within walking distance to the marina and right on the bay.

Checking out Sequim Bay

Checking out Sequim Bay

Enjoy these photos from our trip and walk around the marina and Sequim Bay.

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100 – Sharpe Point Montgomery Duban Headlands

Our new FAVORITE Skagit County Park! Reading about this fairly new county park on the Washington Trails Association (WTA) website, we decided it would make a good winter hike. The description on the WTA website indicates only 1.5 miles of trails, however, we found many other trails while there and managed to explore many more miles of the park. The views were nothing short of stunning!

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If you’ve never been there, consider adding this park to your list. You will find driving directions, park information and recent trip reports here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/sharpe-park-montgomery-duban-headlands.

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99 – Squalicum Harbor and Zuanich Point

If you follow all the trails around Squalicum Harbor and through Zuanich Point, you can easily get in just over three miles of trail time. All extremely easy, but oh so beautiful! A lovely place to be on a sunny winter day!

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98 – Snowshoe SnowPark

Record snows as usual this year, so off we went snowshoeing at the SnowPark near Mount Baker.

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