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  • Rain Forest and Wildlife

    by doncamp Written Jul 17, 2005

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    Quinault River in November

    Favorite thing: Among my favorite places is the Quinault Rain Forest on the southwest side of the Olympics. Lake Quinault, a tiny resort community on the south side of the lake, is the starting point to explore the rain forest. From there you can select short walking trails that will lead you into the rain forest where old growth fir and cedar grow to enormous size and waterfalls plunge down dark mossy canyons or a 30 mile loop road that will take you up the Quinault River and into Olympic National Park then back to Lake Quinault along the north side of the lake.

    Fondest memory: I've fished on the Quinault River many times, but the most memorable was one late Novemeber in the rain. I had climbed to a point that overlooked a gravel bar and came upon a herd of Roosevelt Elk including two fine bulls bedded down on the bar. As I watched they rose and drifted off into the fog. It was a classic moment in the wild rain forest.

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    Lake Mills and the Upper Elwha Dam

    by yooperprof Written Feb 2, 2004

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    it's pretty, but not so good for salmon

    Favorite thing: This lake may not be here much longer. There is a plan to remove this the dam - and one further downstream - to restore the Elwha to its natural state, so as to allow the re-establishment of salmon in the river eco-system. Throughout the Northwest, maintaining the viability of salmon is a touchstone issue, particularly in so far as several species of the fish have been declared officially (and legally) "endangered". Seeing that the Elwha flows through some of the most beautiful lands of the Olympic National Park, it does appropriate to restore it as much as possible to its original flow.

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    Easy hike to Pacific Coast from Lake Ozette

    by Bellinghamster Updated May 2, 2003

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    Prairie along trail

    Favorite thing: Though you must watch your step, it is an easy hike with little elevation change. The boardwalk has been expanded and maintained well. It can be slippery, but it's better than humping though mud.

    Fondest memory: I love the prairie along the boardwalk. It's an ancient mud flat.

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    Old Growth Forest & Wild Ocean Camping

    by Bellinghamster Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Rocks bigger than kids!

    Favorite thing: The Ocean, for mountains go to the Cascades. I would drive along Hwy 101, there are opportunities to see and hike the Ocean by the highway (Kalaloch, or drive to Mora). If you have the time, take this hike from Lake Ozette. Be aware of the long drive to the trail head and posibly camp the night you get there.

    Fondest memory: On the beach at Cape Alava with a nice little fire, sunset, crashing waves, the ocean smell. looking at the seastacks (small islands). Studying the rocks on the beach.

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    Look on the Lodge Roof

    by Ken_Weaver Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Up on the Roof!

    Favorite thing: What the wind direction on the lodge room. Winds tend to blow in from the ocean which is just a few miles away

    Always a good idea to call before coming even if you have a reservation. Because the lodge is located in heavy forest, wind storms often cause branch to break power lines and the lodge may be with electricity. They do continue to operate but it may be a bit more rustic than you had planned.

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    The Famous Chess Board

    by Ken_Weaver Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Kids playing Chess

    Favorite thing: My family and I have spent many hours in the lodge playing chess with the oversized pieces in front of the crackling fireplace. There are times when the rain and wind may force you indoors so take advantage of the various board games and the opportunity to sit in front of the fire with an Irish Coffee in hand.

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    Rent a Water Craft

    by Ken_Weaver Written Feb 2, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The resort has a boat house where you can rent Sea Cycles, canoes, rowboats,kayaks, all by the day or by the hour. The lake is fairly protected so generally you will not encounter unmanageable winds whipping up waves.

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    How to get there

    by Ken_Weaver Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Road to Lake Quinault

    Favorite thing: From Interstate 5 North or South, take exit 104 at Olympia and go straight west to Aberdeen-Hoquiam, go North on 101 for 40 miles to milepost 125. Turn right onto South Shore Road and go 2 miles to the Lodge.

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    Lake Crescent Lodge

    by yooperprof Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Lodge at Lake Crescent

    Favorite thing: Lake Crescent Lodgeis an excellent base from which to explore the Olympic Peninsula. I have to confess that I'm not a person who particularly enjoys "roughing it," so the comforts of this early twentieth resort were much appreciated.

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    Footbridge over the Elwha

    by yooperprof Written Feb 1, 2004

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    bridge over troubled waters

    Favorite thing: It's nice to have a bridge at this spot - I wouldn't what to have to try to cross the river on my own!

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
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    • Hiking and Walking

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    The Elwha River Trail

    by yooperprof Written Jan 31, 2004

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    taking a breather

    Favorite thing: The Elwha River is one of the main watersheds of the National Park. It drains the northern side of the park, flowing into the Strait of St. Juan de Fuca.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Eco-Tourism

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    Native American Art

    by Ken_Weaver Written Apr 29, 2003

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    Lots of Northwest Indian Artifacts

    Favorite thing: Through out the hotel lobby are totem poles and other signs of Indian art used in the decor of the building.

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    It Rains Alot Here

    by Ken_Weaver Written Apr 29, 2003

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    Nah! doesn't rain THAT much here!

    Favorite thing: On the lakeside wall of the hotel, there is a raingauge to let the tourists know how much it rains here each year.

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    The Veranda

    by yooperprof Written Jan 3, 2003

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    Genteel comforts

    Favorite thing: This is where they serve breakfast, and afternoon tea, at the Lodge. It's not hard to pretend that the year is 1916, and the Lodge has just opened.

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