Olympic Peninsula

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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