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Posted: 09/26/17 10:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok this is my first attempt at a trip report so bear with me...

The wife and I ditched the kids last weekend for a few days by ourselves. Got a much later start on Friday then we anticipated due to unexpectedly being held over at work for six hours but finally left at 3pm. Stopped in Shelton for diesel then drove straight to Lake Quinault Lodge. We didn't have any plans other than to camp on the coast so we had dinner at the Lodge here before continuing. Figured we could camp at South Beach or Kalaloch since it was the third weekend of September, but nope! Everything was full! At the fourth campground we tried (Cottonwood by the Hoh River) we were stopped looking at the map after finding all the sites full. We were about to just find a pullout somewhere since it was dark and after 9pm, when someone knocked on the truck window. A friendly Scotsman (with a name I won't even try and spell) offered us a spot to park at his site since he had plenty of room. Score!

Long gravel road leaving the campground.

[image]20170923_095016 (600x800) by GHCreekside, on Flickr

Then we drove back south to Ruby Beach again to see it during the day. Cool sea stacks and beautiful beach.

[image]20170923_101948 (800x600) by GHCreekside, on Flickr

[image]20170923_104942 (800x600) by GHCreekside, on Flickr

[image]20170923_105800 (800x600) by GHCreekside, on Flickr

[image]20170923_111240 (600x800) by GHCreekside, on Flickr

After that we turned north again and stopped in Forks and visited the logging museum. I love Northwest logging history and seeing the old pictures and how hard those guys worked. Worth the $3 admission.

From there we continued north and east on 101 with thoughts of camping on Lake Crescent but we missed the turn we wanted and got stuck in a bunch of construction so we decided to look for somewhere to camp around Port Angeles. Tried Salt Creek Park but it was basically full and pretty crowded so we ended up next door at Crescent Beach RV Park. This is normally the type of place I try to avoid, but they have an amazing half mile stretch of private sandy beach so it was worth the $50something for one night and wall to wall RVs.

[image]20170923_181136 (800x600) by GHCreekside, on Flickr

You can just barely see our rig tucked in there.

[image]20170923_183532 (600x800) by GHCreekside, on Flickr

The next day we decided to drive up to Hurricane Ridge and hike a little bit. If you're ever in Port Angeles and the weather is clear, it's worth the 18 mile drive. This is the third or fourth time I've been here but I don't know if I've ever been able to see this far. We could see Vancouver Island to the north, and even Mt. Baker and the Picketts to the east.

Vancouver Island
[image]20170924_110435 (800x600) by GHCreekside, on Flickr

Looking east
[image]20170924_112216 (800x600) by GHCreekside, on Flickr

Looking south. If you look real close you can see the camper in the center of the picture.
[image]20170924_112754 (600x800) by GHCreekside, on Flickr

From there we stopped in Sequim for ice cream and then east across the Hood Canal floating bridge to head home. Great first trip with our Northern Lite and I was happy to see 14.9 mpg (hand calculated) with the camper on!


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Beautiful!


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Posted: 09/27/17 01:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great report. Have to get first dose of rain for people to start pulling out, then in mid or late fall there really is good camping and great weather. All except Kalaloch, where I bet people are still there in the ice an snow.

If you go later than late fall (and still is really pretty) be sure to check out which parks close in winter.

One of these days we want to see a big winter storm come in over the ocean. Sounds really bad, but friends to this day talk about it.

Great pic's.

See any mountain goats?

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Such a nice area to visit. You need to make it out to Neah Bay. You can camp at Lyre River near Salt Creek but it is dark down there in the trees but right on the river.
Don't forget the Crab Festival in Port Angeles is the weekend of October the 6th - 8th. We go there every year but not this year due to a friends wedding that weekend. Well worth the trip. When we go to Salt Creek, we avoid the RV area and go out to the point and stay in the standard sites. Usually there is space available there. There are other fall back Forest Service campgrounds near by.

Good trip report BTW...


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Great job on your first great trip report! Beautiful area I hope to be visiting in a few more years. Thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 09/27/17 07:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We do a loop at once a year. This Labor Day, we did Shelton - Hoodsport - Copalis - Sequim - Port Townsend - Concrete - Marysville.


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This is an absolutely fantastic area. Coming from California, I was blown away with how beautiful it is. All of the coastal fishing towns, the greenery and the abundance of water. I literally came home and started looking at property to purchase (sadly couldn't make it happen).

I was also in this area without a plan and also found the campgrounds to be full as well. I ended up keeping my eye out for one of the many logging cutoff roads as I was driving. Most are very overgrown and difficult to get into but I found one that had been started but never finished cut right out of the thick of a forest (they must have been getting ready to harvest). I tucked the truck back into it and camped the night. It was a bit unnerving at first, not sure if someone would hassle me but I was far enough back that by nightfall, anyone driving by would have never known I was there.

I can't wait to visit this area again but for an extended period. Lot's to see and do, just not enough time to do it!


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Over Independence Day, we were on the southern section of coastline in Ilwaco - Long Beach - Ocean Park. Most likely, we will make a run down the OR coast (somewhere between Astoria and Coos Bay) over Thanksgiving. It's great having the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other - You can always find somewhere to go regardless the time of year.

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Excellent trip report. Hurricane Ridge is spectacular.


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Great trip report and beautiful scenery! Nice camper as well!


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