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HIGHWAY 101 MILEPOST 367 TO MILEPOST 0


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Highway 101 is 367 miles long (while in Washington State) - that is a tinge over 1 mile per day for 1 year... Even I must admit some miles don't deserve an entire day's notice - but some deserve years of admiration. I have and will continue to discover and log anything of interest on each milepost.


Highway 101 begins in OLYMPIA and heads west, sharing the road with Highway 8 for 1 short mile, until it meanders off towards Shelton and the east side of the Olympic National Park. It then follows the majestic Pacific Ocean around the Olympic Peninsula. At COSMOSPOLIS it turns south - heading for the Oregon border and points south.

Regardless how you get to Highway 101....When you are on Highway 101 note the next milepost. From OLYMPIA ( Milepost 367 ) the milepost number gets lower until it reaches the Oregon border ( Milepost 0 ). For information on Highway 101 in Oregon go to the useful web site OREGON101 .

All Olympic National Park trailheads are reached via Highway 101. Therefore, I have listed 3 routes to get you to Highway 101 - with a starting point of SEATAC airport ....... Click here to go directly to directions to/from SEATAC.

If I say Sol Duc is at Milepost 219 - understand - it is somewhere within that mile....I am not going to say Milepost 219.4.

TRUST ME...50 miles = 1.5 hours driving time. Please plan accordingly. Neah Bay to my house is 52 miles - My best time is 50 minutes - it will take you MUCH longer.

When driving curvy roads ride closer to the center line. Centrifugal force will assist you in a smoother gentler turn. Using the top of the curve allows you to enjoy the banking angle the engineers created. Turning low ( crossing the white line) turns even a gentle curve into a tight curve and creates an out of control sensation and situation and is illegal. Watch how motorcycles drive a curve and copy their methods. Brake before the curve not in the curve for more control.

If you see one deer...be aware.. there is a 99.9% probability that more are close by...and they are the ones who dart out and cause damage.

If you have a CB in your vehicle. Tune it to channel 14 and listen to us talk about you.

We appreciate visitors to our part of the world. BUT...We do not enjoy how most visitors drive. Highway 101, with few exceptions, is a two lane twisty curvy scenic road... Our old people can drive the road at 65 in sleeting rain, our log trucks can do it at 70 in a blizzard, most visitors can't drive the road at 30 - during the summer. The law says 5 cars behind you - pull off or get a ticket. Courtesy and Safety says...if you have cars behind you... pull over to shoulder (when safe) and let them by..or use NEXT pull off. If you are driving an RV or pickups with boats don't group up so anyone passing you must pass several vehicles at once. You may counter with "I am doing the speed limit"..and you are correct. But, if you won't pull over because of COURTESY - pull over for YOUR SAFETY..because having irritated drivers behind you..usually leads to unsafe passing...anger... danger.




SEQUIM is pronounced SQUIM......CLALLAM is pronounced CLOU-LUM ( CLOU like you were saying cloud)......SEKIU is pronounced CQ.......PORT ANGELES is pronounced PORT ANN-JA-LUS (LIKE LOS ANGELES)......KALALOCH is pronounced CLAYLOCK.......SHI SHI is pronounced SHY SHY.......CATE is pronounced KATE........PYSHT pronouncing this one requires filling your mouth with saliva and now be brave...PISHED - ( like fished only with a P ) - wasn't that easy?.....BOGACHIEL is pronounced BOW-GA-SHEEL....MAKAH is pronounced MACAW - ( like the parrot )......AND FINALLY.....WASHINGTON is pronounced WAH-SHING-TUN NOT WORE-SHING-TUN


This page is a work in progress. Milepost XXX means I haven't been there since creating this page and will refine the appropriate entry when next there. I am soliciting information about each and every milepost and welcome any/all information or corrections or photos. Please e-mail me with information on stories and/or useful businesses that can be accessed from Highway 101. Will eventually do similar page for State Highways on the Olympic Peninsula. Even though not completed I believe information is useful.


MILEPOST N/A.....SEATTLE


MILEPOST 367......OLYMPIA - This is the starting milepost of Highway 101. It indicates that if you stay on Highway 101 you are 367 miles from the Oregon border. Highway 101 starts as an exit off US 5


MILEPOST 362......LARGE COW SCULPTURES ??


MILEPOST 362......HIGHWAY 8 JOINS AND SHARES PAVEMENT AND THEN LEAVES ALL WITHIN THIS MILE. TRAFFIC NOW CITY LIKE.. ALSO SPEED TRAP...MAYBE BECAUSE OF THE COWS ??


MILEPOST 361......END/BEGINNING OF HIGHWAY 101 BEING 4 LANE HIGHWAY.

MILEPOST 359......OLD HIGHWAY 101 junction

MILEPOST 359......STEAMBOAT ISLAND ROAD -

MILEPOST 355......JUNCTION WITH OLD OLYMPIC HIGHWAY

MILEPOST 355-290......HOOD CANAL AREA

MILEPOST 353......LITTLE CREEK CASINO

MILEPOST 353......SQUAXIN TRIBAL CENTER

MILEPOST 353......Junction with Highway 108 - goes to ABERDEEN, HOQUIAM, and McCleary

MILEPOST 349......Junction with STR 3 - goes to BREMERTON. End or beginning of 4 lane stretch.

MILEPOST 346......SHELTON EXIT - city center and visitor information

MILEPOST 345......SHELTON EXIT - WALLACE-KNEELAND BLVD.

MILEPOST 344......SHELTON EXIT - fairgrounds

MILEPOST 343......SHELTON EXIT - prison, airport, state patrol academy

MILEPOST 343......SHELTON EXIT - JUNCTION WITH HIGHWAY 102

MILEPOST 341......BROCKDALE

MILEPOST 339......SKOKOMISH RIVER PARK

MILEPOST 338......SKOKOMISH RIVER

MILEPOST 337......HIGHWAY 106 - goes to UNION AND BELFAIR

MILEPOST 337......TWANOH STATE PARK

MILEPOST 337......SKOKOMISH ( SKOE..HOME..MISH) TRIBAL OFFICE

MILEPOST 335......POTLATCH STATE PARK

MILEPOST 335......POTLATCH

MILEPOST 334......SOUTH FORK SKOKOMISH (SKOE..HOME..MISH) TRAILHEAD - Follow Highway 101 8 miles north of Shelton then take Forest Service Road 23. Follow Road 23 to jct. with road 2361. Follow road 2361 to trail head. Nearest Campground: Brown Creek (15 miles from trail head on road 23) No facilities and road is subject to periodic closure due to wind fall, snow and flooding.


MILEPOST 334......SKOKOMISH INDIAN RESERVATION

MILEPOST 332-331......HOODSPORT


MILEPOST 331............STAIRCASE TRAILHEAD - Just past a touristy mall is HIGHWAY 119....huge sign says "Cushman - Staircase Recreation Area - Highway 119". On one side of road is Model T Pub and Eatery and on the other side is Hoodsport Hamburger & Ice Cream Shop. It is called the Lake Cushman Road and has sign for post office. Go west on Highway 119 (only choice) for 16+ miles. On your way you will pass various other roads (usually on the left) and signs including......In town ranger station...Hoodsport Trailhead...Sign announcing entering Lake Cushman Recreational Area...Lake Cushman Dam...Lake Cushman Resort...Camp Cushman Recreational Park. 9+ miles up the road you will encounter stop sign. Left is continuation of Highway 119 (AND YOUR ROUTE) - right is road to Mt. Elinor Trail (7 miles). Continuing on Highway 119 you will pass Big creek Campground...and then come to the END of Highway 119 and a junction. At this point left will take you to Lake Cushman Mt. Rose Valley and RIGHT will take you to the STAIRCASE trailhead. Your choice is wide but gravel and WASHBOARD and SCARY AT NIGHT. You will need to drive SLOW - passing the Mt. Rose trailhead and (right past milepost 14) ANOTHER JUNCTION. The left leg goes to the campground (no sign this direction) and the right continues to the staircase trailhead. At this point the road narrows and you pass a tiny log cabin on left. Shortly you finally see the Olympic National Park sign and gate and PAVEMENT. About 1 more mile brings you to the Park pay point and a lower parking lot (no parking allowed) with porta potty and campground road. You will see Ranger station on hill above parking lot and next to ranger station a road labeled PARKING. Following this road (less than 1/10 mile) will take you above ranger station and to the parking area and trailheads for Wagonwheel Lake and North Fork Skokomish (SKOE..HOME..MISH). Nearest Campground: Staircase Facilities: Ranger station, pay phone, toilets, permit registration, water, stock overnight holding facility. Open all year

MILEPOST 330-329......HOLIDAY BEACH & SUND ROCK - Apparently this is a great area for diving



MILEPOST 329......RV PARK HEAVEN - MOST BE WHERE THEY ARE ALL GOING OR COMING FROM

MILEPOST 328-327......LILLIWAUP - Just a bend in the road - literally- but SO PICTURESQUE - IF I WAS VACATIONING ON THIS SIDE OF PARK - I WOULD STAY HERE - CUTE BUILDINGS


MILEPOST 322......AYOCK BEACH


MILEPOST 321......JORSTED CREEK ROAD - FS 24 - Turn left on Jorsted Creek Road (Forest Service Road 2451). After a short and scenic drive on a gravel road, you will enter the National Park. There is a fee to enter the park of $10 per vehicle which is good for one week. There is a ranger station, restroom, and campground here


MILEPOST 320...... HAMMA HAMMA OYSTER FARM & STORE - Tours available 360-877-5811.

MILEPOST 319......ELDON

MILEPOST 319......HAMMA HAMMA RIVER


MILEPOST 317......LENA LAKE TRAILHEAD - Turn left on Forest Road 25 (HAMMA HAMMA Recreation Area) along the Hamma Hamma River. Follow this paved road 8 miles to trailhead. About 3 miles in is Lower Lena Lake 4 more miles takes you to Upper Lena Lake. Here the trail splits -- to the right it heads into the Valley of the Silent Men, and to the left it climbs to Upper Lena Lake. Or another way to get to the trailheads, including Lake of the Angels or Lena Lake, drive past Lake Cushman State Park ( Milepost 331 ), then hang a right on Forest Road 24 ( Milepost 321 ) and follow it seven miles to Forest Road 2480, taking it eight miles to its junction with the Hamma Hamma Road less than a mile east of the Lena Lake Trailhead. Hamma Hamma is also the major access point to Lena Lake, the Brothers lookout point, Jefferson Lake, etc., and it is the only way to connect with the Jorsted creek road (because of a washout) which connects to Staircase from the North end of Mason County.


MILEPOST 317......Forest Road 25 - HAMMA HAMMA ROAD


MILEPOST 317......PUTVIN TRAILHEAD - Follow Hamma Hamma Road (2 miles north of Eldon) to trailhead Nearest Campground: Lena Creek. Hamma Hamma is also the major access point to Lena Lake, the Brothers lookout point, Jefferson Lake, etc., and it is the only way to connect with the Jorsted creek road (because of a washout) which connects to Staircase from the North end of Mason County. Only facilities is toilet. This road is subject to periodic closure in the off-season.


MILEPOST 317......MIKE'S RV PARK

MILEPOST 315......STORE SELLING OYSTERS - YUM

MILEPOST 314......TRITON COVE STATE PARK

MILEPOST 312......ROAD BECOMES A TIGHT S CURVE FOR THIS MILE PLUS


MILEPOST 309......DUCKABUSH TRAILHEAD - Follow the Duckabush Road (5 miles south of BRINNON ) to the trailhead, where you can embark on a trek to Lacrosse Pass or O'Neil Pass. Nearest Campground is Collins Campground (1 mile from trail head). Facilities limited to toilet and stock unloading area with hitches and parking on 2510 road. Nice, riverside backcountry campsites can be found along the trail's first five miles. The 23 mile trail starts in the Brothers Wilderness, then climbs to subalpine lake and then on to O'Neil Pass.


MILEPOST 308......PLEASANT HARBOR MARINA


MILEPOST 306......DOSEWALLIPS TRAILHEAD - Follow Dosewallips Road from BRINNON 16 miles to its end at the Ranger station. The first 8 miles are paved - the last 8 miles are gravel. At 14.5 miles, the road is steep with few turnouts and not recommended for trailers because of the large overhanging rock and signed trailhead is on right. At 16.0 miles is NPS Dosewallips Ranger Station (summer) and primitive Dosewallips Campground. Facilities include Ranger station, toilets, water, permit registration, hitch rack, stock unloading area. Road is closed at park boundary from mid October to May. There are many hikes possible from the Dosewallips trailhead, from long and moderate to short and steep.


MILEPOST 306......DOSEWALLIPS RIVER

MILEPOST 306......DOSEWALLIPS STATE PARK

MILEPOST 305......SEAL ROCK CAMPGROUND

MILEPOST 306-305...... BRINNON

MILEPOST 305......ENTERING OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST

MILEPOST 304...... SEAL ROCK

MILEPOST 303...... PT. WHITNEY INTERPRETIVE CENTER

MILEPOST 300...... MT. WALKER VIEWPOINT

MILEPOST 300......RAINBOW CAMPGROUND

MILEPOST 298......FALLS VIEW CAMPGROUND

MILEPOST 297......ENTERING/LEAVING OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST

MILEPOST 296......QUILCENE RIVER (QUILL..LA..SCENE)

MILEPOST 295......QUILCENE FOREST RANGER STATION

MILEPOST 295-294......QUILCENE (QUILL..LA..SCENE) is an ideal spot to visit - great climate, farmland, and the ocean. DRIVE THROUGH TOWN CAREFULLY - DANGEROUS CURVE IN TOWN RIGHT NEXT TO SCHOOL CROSSWALK. SPEED TRAP TOWN ( from milepost 299 to 309 ) but AREA TOO BEAUTIFUL TO SPEED THROUGH ANYHOW. In town is junction with SR XX to Chimacum and/or Port Townsend


MILEPOST 292......LORDS LAKE

MILEPOST 292......MT. ZION TRAILHEAD

MILEPOST 290-289......LAKE LELAND

MILEPOST 290-355......HOOD CANAL AREA

MILEPOST 285......JUNCTION WITH 101 AND 104 - Highway 104 is road to/from all SEATTLE ferries. Highway 104 blends into Highway 101 at this milepost


MILEPOST 282......SR20 (goes to PORT TOWNSEND ) - If you have time - visit the "Painted Ladies" and wonderful Fort Worden Park- if you can pull yourself away from the antique shops or the wharf. By the way - Painted Ladies are beautiful multicolored Victorian homes


MILEPOST 282......DISCOVERY BAY - Within tiny Discovery Bay you will find several MUST STOPS......TUTTLE'S has sampling of best of peninsula's chainsaw carvers, souvenirs, windsoxs, etc. Also Red Barn (next to and on same side of street as store) is where I buy those wonderful mink blankets you all love. Hamburger joint (with huge hamburger statue) is BEST BURGERS ANYWHERE - TOO BIG TO EAT. Colorful train has been turned into candy shop - pricey but cute. Collapsing harbor building is a MUST TAKE photo or subject for paints. and SNUG HARBOR CAFE has best prime rib - I am told


MILEPOST 278-277......DEER CROSSING - MANY ACCIDENTS HERE - BE CAREFUL

MILEPOST 277......HUGE RV PARK

MILEPOST 276-275......GARDINER

MILEPOST 276......NEW RANGER STATION UNDER CONSTRUCTION


MILEPOST 272......BLYN/JAMESTOWN S'KLALLAM (CLOU..LUM) TRIBE - This is Blyn and home of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe - check out their website and things to do

MILEPOST 271......SEVEN CEDAR CASINO

MILEPOST 271......BLYN

MILEPOST 269......SEQUIM BAY STATE PARK

MILEPOST 269......CAMP RAMBLEWOOD

MILEPOST 267......PALO ALTO ROAD

MILEPOST 267......UPPER DUNGENESS TRAILHEAD - Follow Palo Alto Road (2miles east of .....SEQUIM (SQUIM) ) to Forest Service Road 2860. Or follow Taylor Cutoff Road ( Milepost 262 ) and Lost Mountain Roads (2 miles west of Sequim) to Forest Service Road 2870. At jct. with 2860 road, follow road 2860 to trail head. Nearest Campground: East Crossing (6 miles from trail head on road 2860) Facilities: toilet Stock Facilities: Unloading ramp. This road is subject to periodic closure in the off-season.

MILEPOST 268-263.....SEQUIM (SQUIM) - Great shops and area

MILEPOST 268-263.....3 CRABS RESTAURANT - Best seafood on peninsula - CORRECTION - BEST IN THE STATE

MILEPOST 262......DUNGENESS RIVER

MILEPOST 262......SLAB CAMP TRAILHEAD - Follow Taylor Cutoff Road and Lost Mountain Roads (2 miles west of SEQUIM (SQUIM) ) to Forest Service Road 2870 and follow for about 1 mile. Then turn onto road 2875 and follow to Slab Camp. Nearest Campground: Dungeness Forks (approx. 8 miles from trail head on road 2880). Facilities: toilet.


MILEPOST 262......LOWER GRAYWOLF TRAILHEAD - Follow Taylor Cutoff Road and Lost Mountain Roads (2 miles west of SEQUIM (SQUIM) ) to Forest Service Road 2870. Nearest Campground: Dungeness Forks (2 miles from trail head on road 2880). Facilities : toilet.

MILEPOST 261......STORES - SUNNY FARMS - Organic produce and great prices

MILEPOST 253......DEER PARK TRAILHEAD - Turn onto Deer Park Road..between Deer Park Cinema and car dealership. First 5-6 miles nice level paved road...then all falls apart. Be prepared to wonder why you ever thought of driving to the top of the world on the narrowest chuckholed road from hell. After the longest 15+ miles in history you are there. Just don't think of how HOT your brakes are going to get on the way down. DO NOT TAKE RV OR CAMPER ON THIS ROAD. View is incredible. Ranger station is down deep turnoff. Don't drive this if winter conditions at start of road....In August will still encounter ice at top of road...


MILEPOST 252......STORES - WALMART AND SAFEWAY


MILEPOST 251-245......PORT ANGELES - In PORT ANGELES (ANN..JA..LUS) Highway 101 splits into 2 one-way streets (Front & First). 9/10ths of a mile after split (split occurs at McDonald's) is street called RACE. Race (where JACK IN BOX is located) becomes HURRICANE RIDGE ROAD and will take you to the next 3 trailheads. Going South (left) on Race will take you to the WIC center ( WILDERNESS INFORMATION CENTER ) and Hurricane Ridge


MILEPOST 251-245.....HIGHWAY 101 IN PORT ANGELES - Highway 101, as mentioned above splits into 2 one-way streets and a street called Lincoln while in Port Angeles (ANN..JA..LUS). The 2 one-way streets are called Front and First. GOING EAST...Once you have enjoyed Port Angeles - or if just passing through - stay on First going East and at McDonald's 101 is back together and you are on your way out of town. GOING WEST/SOUTH...Stay on Front going West and you will run into Lincoln. Lincoln is in the older part of town. At Lincoln turn left and continue across First and past another Safeway, the old court house, an Albertson and golly gee - you are out of Port Angeles and on Highway 101 going South.


MILEPOST 248......RACE STREET - Turn left on RACE and you go to WIC center and HURRICANE RIDGE. Turn right and you go (within 2 blocks) to the local hospital. Race is a street that crosses both First and Front and takes you (after 16+ miles) to the Hurricane Hill Visitor Center. Race is also the street that passes by the WIC center. Stay on Race (changing to Hurricane Ridge Road) until you reach the visitor center.

MILEPOST 248......WIC center - Turn left on RACE and you go to Wilderness Information Center and HURRICANE RIDGE ROAD


MILEPOST 248......HOSPITAL- Turn right on RACE and you go (within 2 blocks) to the local hospital


MILEPOST 248......HEART O' THE HILLS TRAILHEAD - Drive south on RACE STREET (SEE ABOVE), which turns into Hurricane Ridge Road. Drive past the park visitor center on your right and then bear right at the next fork up towards Hurricane Ridge. When you see the park admission gate ahead, take a right turn, and go down to the end of the road. Here are the trailheads. One trail starts a short distance across from the campground entrance, at the end of the spur road by the ranger station. Ample parking is available at the trailhead behind the employee housing area. The trail climbs 2450 feet in 3.5 miles to Lake Angeles. Stream water is available along the way. You can continue another 3 miles and 1800 feet to the Klahanne Ridge/Heather Park/Switchback trail junction : This creates four options: descent 1600 feet in 1.5 miles via the Switchback Trail OR to the Hurricane Ridge Road; traverse 3.6 miles with a net loss of 620 feet to the Hurricane Ridge Lodge; OR descend 4000 feet in 6.4 miles via Heather Park to Heart O' the Hills; OR return via Lake Angeles, down 4000 feet in 6.5 miles to Heart O' the Hills. Also review info about other Hurricane Ridge trailheads below.


MILEPOST 248......OBSTRUCTION POINT TRAILHEAD - SEE RACE STREET ABOVE -Stay on Race (changing to Hurricane Ridge Road) until you reach the visitor center at HURRICANE RIDGE . The turn for Obstruction Point Road is on the left, just at the start of the Hurricane Ridge parking lot. You will probably miss it on the first try. If you get to the first parking space, you have gone too far. Turn around as if you were heading down, back to town and watch on your right. You will see a sort of break in the wall and a drop off. This is not where old U Hauls go to die. This is the road. Obstruction Point Road is 7.6 miles long and it is not paved, but it is well graded. It is a typical back country 1.5 lane road, so keep your eyes open and watch for the slightly wider points. You can drive it in an ordinary automobile. The drive will take some skill, some patience, and some tolerance for vertigo. The road often has steep drop offs where the shoulder should be. An encouraging point: if you can make it down the first open descent at the start, you can probably make it all the way. Take the road to the end. Park in the parking lot. Get out and wait for your knees to stop shaking. Then start your hike. Obstruction Point Road winds southward for eight miles before ending at Badger Valley. From there a trek can be taken across Elk, Maiden, and Green Mountain to the Deer Park Ranger Station. WARNING: You probably do NOT want to take this drive, or hike, on a rainy, or worse, snowy day. From the highest road in the Park you can walk the trail down into flower-filled Badger Valley. Here one tends to saunter slowly and stop often. Innumerable species of wildflowers will vie for your attention. But save time to just sit beside a burbling stream and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this classic meadowed fairyland. Continue 8.5 mi. to the end of the road. This is the highest section of trail in the park, a fact you might notice as you gaze out to Victoria, B.C., and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, or to the south, where you'll see the Grand Valley with its string of lakes and the numerous snow-clad peaks of the Olympic interior. The road generally opens by July 4. This is a very rough road but can be traveled by a passenger car-just take your time. The first part may be a bit intimidating as it drops off sharply. Obstruction Point Road winds southward for eight miles before ending at Badger Valley. From there a trek can be taken across Elk, Maiden, and Green Mountain to the Deer Park Ranger Station. It's another 3.9 miles to the Elwha Ranger Station at a scant 390 feet above sea level, the 5,100 feet of elevation change in eight miles rivals the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park. (It can snow even in summer here so watch road conditions and don't try this drive in an RV or long sedan because you will get stuck.) Grand Valley Trail (3 miles one way) starts at the parking lot at road's end. Also review info about other Hurricane Ridge trailheads above and below.


MILEPOST 248......HURRICANE RIDGE TRAILHEAD - SEE RACE STREET INFO ABOVE. Follow Hurricane Ridge Road to Hurricane Ridge. Nearest Campground: Heart O' the Hills (12 miles from Hurricane Ridge). Facilities: Ranger station, phone, restrooms, snack bar, water Stock Facilities: None Road is open all year weather and staffing permitting. High above Port Angeles (ANN..JA..LUS), Hurricane Ridge provides the most popular access to Olympic National Park. The drive to Hurricane Ridge--so named for the force of its winter winds--takes you from lowland forest to tree line, nearly a mile above sea level, and reveals some of the remarkable geology of the peninsula. A paved road, open year-round during daylight hours, twists and turns 17 miles up a steep seven percent grade to the mile-high summit, where, on a clear day, you can gape at the breathtaking 360-degree views of mountain, valley, and sea. A summer-only lodge at the crest provides food and drink, and a concession offers ski and snowshoe rentals on winter weekends. Also review info about other Hurricane Ridge trailheads above.


MILEPOST 247......ALLVIEW MOTEL Convenient to Highway 101 and stores and WIC ...AND....Inexpensive yet clean and respectable place to rest your head.


MILEPOST 242......SHI SHI (SHY..SHY) BEACH - (see also MILEPOST 203) access is open as of today - 4/4/03 - and Park and tribe are working on access issues. Check with Makah Museum at 360-645-2711 to confirm it is open before your trip. At this milepost you encounter this choice......CONTINUE with Highway 101 or TURN RIGHT onto the start of Highway 112. TAKE HIGHWAY 112. Signs says JOYCE, NEAH (KNEE..YAH) BAY & CLALLAM (CLOU..LUM) BAY. This is scenic road traveling over foothills and along the coast. Highway 112's mileposts start counting down from 59 to 0. 0 is the edge of the Makah (MC..CAW) reservation - about 15 miles from Shi Shi trailhead.

On your way you will pass through JOYCE - MUST STOP to check out the items on display at the General Store and in August the Joyce Daze Annual Blackberry Festival. There is a parade, blackberry pie baking contest, local artists and musicians, good food to eat and man I mean goooooood !! and vendor booths. At about milepost 32 you will encounter junction offering Sappho or CLALLAM BAY. Turn right..choosing CLALLAM BAY.

Drive through CLALLAM BAY (last chance for gas & supplies) and past turn off to Seiku (SEE..Q) and later past turn off to Lake Ozette. STAY TO CENTER OF ROAD.. Patches at edge of road caused by pavement repeatedly sinking because ..NO SUPPORT.. End of Highway 112 is beginning of main drag of Neah Bay. Continue on to end of town...turning left at last corner. Go 1-2 blocks...turn right and follow road out of town..toward tribal offices. Continuing on this road you will see a upcoming bridge on the left..turn onto road over bridge (marked FISH HATCHERY). At end of bridge you have two choices...take choice to Fish Hatchery - (left road) ...don't take road to right. WATCH THE SPEED BUMPS. In about 2 miles you will cross another bridge and start seeing the beautiful beaches of Neah Bay.

According to GREG JOHNSTON of the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER ...." The new trail from the Makah Reservation into Olympic National Park's gorgeous Shi Shi Beach is complete and hosting hikers, although not officially open yet.

......The new trail also has a new trailhead near the tribal salmon hatchery on the Sooes River, reached via the now-paved Sooes Road. Overnight hikers must still pay a small fee to park on a nearby tribal member's property. All non-members parking on reservation lands for recreational purposes also must buy a tribal recreational parking permit for $7......The new trail is about the same length as the old one, some two miles, and includes a stretch of boardwalk through a boggy area and through some mature forest. The old route was a muddy two-mile slog on a gated logging road, officially closed in 1991 because of private property and liability concerns. In 1998, the tribe received a state grant of $167,110 to build the new trail.....Shi Shi (pronounced "shy-shy") is a two-mile-long, crescent-shaped beach on the north coast, bounded on the south by the beautiful rock headland called Point of Arches."

These are directions to old and new trailhead......After about 6 miles on this road (from original bridge) you will climb a slight hill ending in a curve with another sign for the fish hatchery and a blue road blocking gate... The blue gate is the old trailhead.. continue past the curve and within a mile you will encounter a parking lot on the right (right before the hatchery gates)...this is the new trailhead...both are about 2 mile walk to Shi Shi beach. If on the new trailhead you will encounter a choice between going left or right - go right..may be marked better later. 1/4 mile before the old trailhead..you will see trailer with white fence and cars parked in yard. This is $5 a day parking area Tillie has created. Shi Shi Beach is a sacred beach to the Makah (MC..CAW) Tribe. Until the Park and the tribe come to an understanding..you will be hiking on private property and onto a sacred beach. Show respect by either parking at Tillie's or by bringing a token gift of respect.


MILEPOST 242......OZETTE (OH..ZET) TRAILHEAD - (see also MILEPOST 203) At this milepost you encounter a choice....CONTINUE with Highway 101 or TURN RIGHT onto the start of Highway 112. TAKE HIGHWAY 112. Signs says JOYCE, NEAH BAY (KNEE..AH)) & CLALLAM BAY. This is scenic road traveling over foothills and along the coast. Highway 112's mileposts start counting down from 59 to 0. 0 is the edge of the Makah (MC..CAW) reservation.

On your way you will pass through JOYCE - MUST STOP to check out the items on display at the General Store and in August the Joyce Daze Annual Blackberry Festival. There is a parade, blackberry pie baking contest, local artists and musicians, good food to eat and man I mean goooooood !! and vendor booths.

At about milepost 32 you will encounter junction offering Sappho (SAFF..FOE) or CLALLAM BAY (CLOU..LUM). Turn right..choosing CLALLAM BAY. Drive through CLALLAM BAY (last chance for gas & supplies) and past turn off to Seiku (SEE..Q). Continue on Highway 112 until milepost xx (extremely tight and dangerous s-curve). Turn onto Hoko/Ozette (HOE..KOE/..OH..ZET) Road (only choice) and continue on this road for 21+ miles. Although a little curvy road is level and paved. End of road is parking lot next to Ozette Ranger station and the trailhead. Ranger station is frequently unmanned (out on rounds) so best to get bear cans and permit at WIC. Stop in at ranger station (if open) and get latest info. Ozette campground is .1 miles from ranger station and commercial campground (Lost Resort) is .5 miles from ranger station. Ozette campground usually full and Lost Resort is pricey but only choices. Lost Resort has laundry and showers for $5. BEST close by lodging can be found at VAN RIPER'S - SEKIU. NO GARBAGE CANS AT OZETTE. Parking cost $1 per day.


MILEPOST 239......EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CORNER - SLOW DOWN PLEASE !!!!


MILEPOST 239-234......SPEED TRAP - EVERY DAY !!!!


MILEPOST 239......ELWHA ROAD - Turn unto Elwha road - only choice. WATCH TRAFFIC - BAD CORNER. Elwha road is paved and follows the beautiful Elwha River. It is about xx miles from start (at Highway 101) to entry (fee station) of Park. From entry (fee station) it is about 2 miles to Ranger Station, with campground about .5 miles from entry station. Ranger station on left side of road. Nearest Campground: Elwha/Altaire 1.5 miles before Ranger Station Also review info about Elwha trailheads below.


MILEPOST 239......LITTLE RIVER TRAILHEAD -Turn onto Elwha (L..WA) road - only choice. WATCH TRAFFIC - BAD CORNER. The Little River Road begins two-tenths of a mile south of 101. Pavement ends at the junction with Black Diamond Road in about 3 1/2 miles. Look for a small parking area on the left. Also review info about other Elwha trailheads below.


MILEPOST 239......ELWHA (L..WA) RANGER STATION TRAILHEAD - Turn onto Elwha road - SEE ABOVE. Ranger station on left side of road. Nearest Campground: Elwha/Altaire 1.5 miles before Ranger Station Also review info about other Elwha trailheads above and below.


MILEPOST 239......GRIFF CREEK TRAILHEAD - Turn onto Elwha road - SEE ABOVE. Griff Creek Trail begins behind the Elwha ranger station and has sections of steep switchbacks. 2.8 miles one way. Overlook at mile 1.8 (strenuous). Also review info about other Elwha trailheads above and below.


MILEPOST 239......LAKE MILLS TRAILHEAD - Turn onto Elwha road - SEE ABOVE. WATCH TRAFFIC - BAD CORNER. This trail starts at the Lake Mills boat launch parking area and ends 2.0 miles later - one way. Easy day hike. This trail wanders peacefully along the west edge of Lake mills, with occasional views of the lake. Look for osprey. Also review info about other Elwha trailheads above and below.


MILEPOST 239......HAPPY LAKE TRAILHEAD - Turn onto Elwha road - SEE ABOVE. I will look for this trailhead next time I am on road..according to Park it is 3 miles past Altaire campground. Nearest campground: Altaire/Elwha 3 miles from trailhead. Ranger station opens at 9 - if there before 9 no fee station open but road not blocked. Also review info about other Elwha trailheads above and below.


MILEPOST 239......WHISKEY BEND TRAILHEAD - Turn onto Elwha (L..WA) road - SEE ABOVE. Ranger station on left side of road. Second road (to left) past the ranger station is marked Whiskey Bend. It is good gravel but uphill and twisty..take you time. End of 4 miles road becomes huge parking area with restroom and is trailhead. Nearest campground: Altaire/Elwha 7 miles from trailhead. Ranger station opens at 9 - if there before 9 no fee station open but road not blocked. Review info about other Elwha trailheads above & below.


MILEPOST 239......BOULDER CREEK TRAILHEAD - Turn onto Elwha (L..WA) road - SEE ABOVE. Follow road to very end passing campground and ranger station and leaving the Elwha River. Paved entire way but STEEP AND NARROW AND TWISTY after ranger station and almost all uphill. Go to end of road..about 6 miles from fee station....rough parking area and restrooms. 3/4 way up there is obvious viewpoint pull off......scenic view of Mills Lake and area. Be glad you are driving not walking this road. Deer not afraid of people or cars so be alert. Nearest campground: Altaire/Elwha (5 miles from trail head). Ranger station opens at 9 - if there before 9 no fee station open but road not blocked. Also review info about other Elwha trailheads above.

MILEPOST 239......OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS - Turn onto Elwha (L..WA) road - SEE ABOVE. Follow road to very end passing campground and ranger station and leaving the Elwha River. Paved entire way but STEEP AND NARROW AND TWISTY after ranger station and almost all uphill. Go to end of road..about 6 miles from fee station .... rough parking area and restrooms. 3/4 way up there is obvious viewpoint pull off...well worth looking....scenic view of Mills Lake and area. Be glad you are driving not walking this road. Deer not afraid of people or cars so be alert. Nearest campground: Altaire/Elwha (5 miles from trail head). Ranger station opens at 9 - if there before 9 no fee station open but road not blocked. Also review info about other Elwha trailheads above.


MILEPOST 233......SHADOW MOUNTAIN STORE & RV PARK - They have coin operated showers and laundry - but no towel rental


MILEPOST 228......STORM KING RANGER STATION TRAILHEAD - Turn onto road (only choice) marked Storm King. Road forks left to LAKE CRESCENT LODGE and right Storm King Ranger Station...straight ahead becomes boat launch. Nearest Campground: Fairholm (west end of Lake Crescent) Facilities: Ranger station, pay phone, toilets, water Stock Facilities: None. Locals drive around Lake Crescent purposely not using their brakes..purpose to keep awake..because at 50 mph curves will put you to sleep. Tourists have a difficult time maintaining 30 mph. Please pull over if traffic building up behind you.


MILEPOST 228......LAKE CRESCENT LODGE - Even if not staying here - visit for the windows, the memory trail and the view.


MILEPOST 228......OLYMPIC PARK INSTITUTE - The Institute is on the road to the LAKE CRESCENT LODGE. Great place for educational and family adventures.


MILEPOST 219......SOL DUC (SOLE..DUCK) TRAILHEAD - Turn onto Sol Duc Hot Springs Road - only choice. WATCH TRAFFIC. Stay on road until it ends and becomes a parking lot - past ranger station, resort and camping areas. Far end of parking lot is trailhead. Camping at hot springs campground and Fairholm. The Sol Duc Trail has two trailheads, but the shortest approach to Sol Duc Falls is from the end of the Sol Duc River Road, elevation 2,000 feet. The other approach is from the Sol Duc Campground (1,700 feet). The trail joins the Canyon Creek Trail and Sol Duc Falls at .7 miles. The Sol Duc Trail continues climbing to intersect the Appleton Pass trail at five miles (3,100 feet) and eventually reaches the High Divide at 8 1/2 miles, elevation 5,050 feet. Just before the trail approaches the falls, it passes the Canyon Creek shelter well worth a visit. A one-of-a-kind structure with a cupola, it's a good place to leave your pack on a wet day while you hike a bit farther to view the falls. Cross the bridge for better views. Hikers can continue on the Sol Duc Trail or explore the Canyon Creek Trail. It is just over three miles to upper Deer Lake at 3,500 feet and a junction with the Bogachiel River Trail. One end of loop is next to site 62 in Loop B of the Sol Duc Campground. The other end of the loop is a marked trailhead beside the Sol Duc Resort at the west end of the parking lot. By crossing the bridge at the falls and going a short distance further you reach the Lovers Lane trail, which will return you to the resort and campground area. Lovers Lane Loop 6 mi. RT. Easy to moderate. This trail extends a loop that begins just pass Sol Duc Falls. Elevation gain 250 feet/75 meters). If you wish to begin the loop with the Lovers Lane trail, start at the Mink Lake trailhead.


MILEPOST 219......AURORA RIDGE TRAILHEAD - Turn onto Sol Duc Hot Springs Road - SEE ABOVE. Stay on road for 3 miles to trailhead. Camping at hot springs campground and Fairholm. Ranger station down road near hot springs resort. Also, review info about Sol Duc Trailhead above.


MILEPOST 219......NORTH FORK SOL DUC (SOLE..DUCK) TRAILHEAD - Turn onto Sol Duc Hot Springs Road - SEE ABOVE. Stay on road for 7 miles to trailhead. Camping at hot springs campground (5 miles) and Fairholm. Ranger station further down road near hot springs resort.


MILEPOST 212......DANGEROUS MILE - LOTS OF ACCIDENTS HERE - BE CAREFUL AND CAMPGROUND HERE IS ALWAYS COLD AND DREARY.


MILEPOST 212......SNIDER


MILEPOST 203......OZETTE (OH..ZET) TRAILHEAD - (see MILEPOST 242) - Turn onto highway 113 (only choice). Highway 113 is only about 8 miles long and blends into Highway 112 (look at map) 8 miles outside of CLALLAM (CLOU..LUM) BAY. Drive through CLALLAM BAY (last chance for gas & supplies) and past turn off to Seiku (SEE..Q). Continue on Highway 112 until milepost xx (extremely tight and dangerous s-curve). Turn onto Hoko/Ozette (HOE..KOE) Road (only choice) and continue on this road for 21+ miles. Although a little curvy road is level and paved. End of road is parking lot next to Ozette Ranger station and the trailhead. Ranger station is frequently unmanned (out on rounds) so best to get bear cans and permit at WIC. Stop in at ranger station (if open) and get latest info. Ozette campground is .1 miles from ranger station and commercial campground (Lost Resort) is .5 miles from ranger station. Ozette campground usually full and Lost Resort is pricey but only choices. Lost Resort has laundry and showers for $5. BEST close by lodging can be found at VAN RIPER'S - SEKIU. NO GARBAGE CANS AT OZETTE. Parking cost is $1 per day.


MILEPOST 203......SHI SHI (SHY..SHY) BEACH - (see MILEPOST 242) - At this date - 04/04/03 trailhead is open..Park and tribe are working on access issues. Check with MAKAH (MC CAW) MUSEUM at 360-645-2711 before your trip. Turn onto highway 113 (only choice). Highway 113 is only about 8 miles long and blends into Highway 112 (look at map) 8 miles outside of CLALLAM (CLOU..LUM) BAY. Continue on Highway 112 to end..driving through CLALLAM BAY and past turn off to Seiku (SEE..Q) and past turn off for Lake Ozette (OH..ZET). STAY TO CENTER OF ROAD.. Patches at edge of road caused by pavement repeatedly sinking because ..NO SUPPORT.. End of Highway 112 is beginning of main drag of Neah (KNEE..YAH) Bay.

Continue on to end of town...turning left at last corner. Go 1-2 blocks...turn right and follow road out of town.. toward tribal offices. Continuing on this road you will see a upcoming bridge on the left..turn onto road over bridge (marked FISH HATCHERY). At end of bridge you have two choices...take choice to Fish Hatchery - the left road...do not take road to right. WATCH THE SPEED BUMPS. In about 2 miles you will cross another bridge and start seeing the beautiful beaches of Neah Bay.

According to GREG JOHNSTON of the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER...." The new trail from the Makah Reservation into Olympic National Park's gorgeous Shi Shi Beach is complete and hosting hikers, although not officially open yet.......The new trail also has a new trailhead near the tribal salmon hatchery on the Sooes River, reached via the now-paved Sooes Road. Overnight hikers must still pay a small fee to park on a nearby tribal member's property. All non-members parking on reservation lands for recreational purposes also must buy a tribal recreational parking permit for $7......The new trail is about the same length as the old one, some two miles, and includes a stretch of boardwalk through a boggy area and through some mature forest. The old route was a muddy two-mile slog on a gated logging road, officially closed in 1991 because of private property and liability concerns. In 1998, the tribe received a state grant of $167,110 to build the new trail.....Shi Shi (pronounced "shy-shy") is a two-mile-long, crescent-shaped beach on the north coast, bounded on the south by the beautiful rock headland called Point of Arches."

These are directions to old and new trailhead......After about 6 miles on this road (from original bridge) you will climb a slight hill ending in a curve with another sign for the fish hatchery and a blue road blocking gate... The blue gate is the old trailhead.. continue past the curve and within a mile you will encounter a parking lot on the right (right before the hatchery gates)...this is the new trailhead...both are about 2 mile walk to Shi Shi beach. If on the new trailhead you will encounter a choice between going left or right - go right..may be marked better later. 1/4 mile before the old trailhead..you will see trailer with white fence and cars parked in yard. This is $5 a day parking area Tillie has created. Shi Shi Beach is a sacred beach to the Makah Tribe. Until the Park and the tribe come to an understanding ...you will be hiking on private property and onto a sacred beach. Show respect by either parking at Tillie's or by bringing a token gift of respect.


MILEPOST 203......FREE CAMPGROUND - TUMBLING RAPIDS - FREE...right on Sol Duc River...hardly ever full...minimart and turn off to Ozette/Shi Shi (SHY..SHY) is .1 miles away..very scenic...pavilion for dry camping.


MILEPOST 202......EAGLE POINT INN

MILEPOST 200-199......BEAVER

MILEPOST 193......LA PUSH - # 1 MUST SEE SPOT. BEACH WASHINGTON TOURISM ALWAYS SHOWS ON BROCHURES. TOWN WITH SEA STACKS. Turn onto Highway 110 (only one choice) and follow to end of the road. Road goes by Third beach trailhead and Second beach trailhead and ends at La Push's city limit 1st beach. La Push has campground and RV park and cabins and Luxury Condos and new restaurant and marina. It is only resort ON the beach and is THE BEST PLACE TO STAY regardless of the level of luxury you seek. As they say "...Our style at La Push is relaxed, giving you the opportunity to rest with the rhythms of the land. About a mile before road ends is a mini-mart on left. At back of minimart are coin operated SHOWERS.


MILEPOST 193......RIALTO (REE..AL..TOE) BEACH TRAILHEAD - Turn onto Highway 110 (only choice). 7.6 miles down the road is turn off to Rialto/Mora Beach Trailhead. Follow road to end. About 3 miles from parking lot you will pass Mora Ranger station - not always open but full service station. If you are planning to hike entire coast - you can store cache of supplies with rangers or with us. At end you will encounter 2 parking lots. Left parking lot is for hikers and right parking lot is for day visitors. Right parking lot has bathroom and bulletin board. Bulletin board is trailhead. Water spigots are available at trailhead. If walking to Rialto from Ozette - you can't walk down beach to your car.. get off beach and walk thru day visitor parking lot to your vehicle.

Even though Mora campground is close...Don't camp at MORA - it is usually full, damp, and dark. Use 3rd beach (FREE & INFO BELOW) or LA PUSH (INFO ABOVE) or FREE CAMPGROUND - TUMBLING RAPIDS (MILEPOST 203). DON'T MISS STAYING AT LA PUSH (SEE INFO ABOVE) - RIGHT ON BEACH AND WELL...SEE INFO ABOVE.

Mora is the closest ranger station, but FORKS ranger station is open more consistently and located center of FORKS right on Highway 101.


MILEPOST 193......THIRD BEACH TRAILHEAD - Turn onto Highway 110 (only choice). 11.4 miles down the road is Third Beach parking area and trailhead. Third Beach is a gravel pull off to the left of the highway. 1.25 miles from parking lot is the beach - an easy walk. You can camp on the beach or continue less than 2 miles down Highway 110 and reach a minimart and COIN SHOWERS and campground and cabins, and motel and LUXURY CONDOS ON BEACH - WITH HOT TUBS and a restaurant at LA PUSH ( SEE INFO ABOVE ). Don't camp at MORA - it is usually full, damp, and out of your way. Use 3rd beach (free) or LA PUSH or FREE CAMPGROUND - TUMBLING RAPIDS (MILEPOST 203). Mora is closest ranger station, but FORKS ranger station is open more consistently and located center of Forks right on Highway 101.


MILEPOST 193......SECOND BEACH TRAILHEAD - DO NOT TRY TO HIKE FROM 2ND BEACH TO 3RD BEACH..TOO MANY HAVE DIED TRYING. Turn onto Highway 110 (only choice). 12.7 miles down the road is Second Beach parking area and trailhead. A mile further down the road is the town of LA PUSH. it has a restaurant, campgrounds, cabins, minimart, luxury condos, etc. ( see INFO ABOVE ). This is great place to get burgers, ice cream, etc. It has a coin operated SHOWER behind minimart. Second Beach is a gravel pull off to the left of the highway. It is about .75 miles from parking lot to the beach - an easy walk. Before you get to Second Beach you will see road into housing area. At this road you will see Tribal building. Parking at Second Beach has been down-sized and you may have to park in Tribal building parking lot. You can camp on the beach. Don't camp at MORA - it is usually full, damp, and out of your way. Use 3rd beach (free - SEE INFO ABOVE ) or LA PUSH (SEE INFO ABOVE) or FREE CAMPGROUND - TUMBLING RAPIDS (MILEPOST 203). Mora is closest ranger station, but FORKS ranger station is open more consistently and located center of FORKS right on Highway 101.


MILEPOST 193......FS 29 - NORTH SNIDER - JACKSON TRAILHEAD - Locals call it the 'A' Road. Road goes by Forks industrial park. Turn onto road (only one choice) and follow road until junction with 070 spur (marked). Follow spur to trailhead. Park info says Klahanne is campground 5 miles from trailhead - Klahanne is NEWLY RE-OPENED. Road permanently washed out (not scheduled for repair) at mile 9. Have never taken anyone to this trailhead but have cut firewood on road many times. Scenic road and full of elk and scenic views of river. Also favorite beer bust location for local teens. If camping use FREE CAMPGROUND - TUMBLING RAPIDS (MILEPOST 203). Closest ranger station is in FORKS.


MILEPOST 192-189......FORKS< br>

MILEPOST 192......HOSPITAL - Full service hospital and doctor offices - GO WEST FROM HIGHWAY 101 - LESS THAN 1 MILE


MILEPOST 191......FORKS RANGER STATION - Full service ranger station - GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO WIC & co-located with bus station and rest stop


MILEPOST 191......FORMER WINDSOX INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS - Cate had been to Europe and Mexico and Canada and the United States -- so she can claim it is the international headquarters if she wants to.


MILEPOST 186......BOGACHIEL (BOW..GA..SHEEL) TRAILHEAD - Turn EAST onto UNDIE (UNDEE) Road (Forest Service Road 2932) - West side of road goes to Bogachiel State Park. Go to the end of road. Pavement stops and VERY ROUGH dirt road continues. You will believe you are on wrong road..but keep going.. ends at trailhead with no services and rough parking area. Cars can make it but if ground wet EXPECT deep mud holes. Nearest services in Forks - Ranger station in FORKS (co-located with bus station and rest stop on 101).


MILEPOST 181......DEN'S WOOD DEN - GREAT world class chain saw carver - Stop and be amazed.

MILEPOST 181-180......DEAD DOG FLATS - Named because this is one of few passing zones and all the dogs are DEAD & FLAT.

MILEPOST 179......SOUTH SNIDER - JACKSON TRAILHEAD - 11 miles South of FORKS. Sign says Hoh Rain Forest. Turn onto road (only one choice) and go 11+ miles. I have driven this road a zillion times and have never noticed this trailhead. Will look next time and put in more details. Part way encounter PEAK 6 store - great bargains on gear and clothes and a little further the famous HARD RAIN CAFE - (good food). At end of road (18+) is ranger station (with permits and bear cans) campground and trailheads. Ranger station opens at 0900. Campground is USUALLY FULL - use FREE CAMPGROUND - HOH OXBOW - MILEPOST 177 instead. Unless Hoh River angry totally paved and scenic. Speed trap right after entrance gate. Buy gasoline in PORT ANGELES or ABERDEEN. Closest showers - Queets Shell Station. Closest motels - FORKS


MILEPOST 179......HOH (HOE) RAIN FOREST TRAILHEAD - 11 miles South of FORKS. Sign says Hoh Rain Forest. Turn onto road (only one choice) and go 18+ miles. Part way encounter PEAK 6 store - great bargains on gear and clothes and a little further the famous HARD RAIN CAFE - (good food). At end of road is ranger station (with permits and bear cans) campground and trailheads. Ranger station opens at 0900. Campground is USUALLY FULL - use FREE CAMPGROUND-HOH OXBOW - MILEPOST 177 instead. After unloading park in parking area at campground entrance. Unless Hoh River angry totally paved and scenic. Speed trap right after entrance gate. Buy gasoline in PORT ANGELES or ABERDEEN. Closest showers - Queets Shell Station. Closest motels - FORKS


MILEPOST 178......OIL CITY TRAILHEAD - 12 miles South of FORKS. Sign says Oil City Road (COTTONWOOD REC. AREA). Turn onto road (only choice) and go 10.5+ miles. Don't go down road to Cottonwood. Purchase any needed supplies in Aberdeen or PORT ANGELES (ANN..JA..LUS) - especially gasoline. There is nothing at end of road except turnaround / trailhead / rough parking area / porta potty. First 5 miles is mostly paved. Remaining mileage is gravel - but great gravel. Mile 8 you will see Hoh River to left. Mile 9 it appears you are going through private front yard...road narrows here. Mile 10 you will see Park sign. Mile 10.5 you will see other cars parked along road..This is where you park. SAFER TO PARK HERE THAN AT 3RD BEACH. Don't park within turnaround. Bulletin board is trailhead. 1.25 miles from bulletin board is where Hoh river and ocean meet. CLOSEST RANGER STATION - FORKS. Closest showers - Queets (QWEETS) Shell Station. Closest campground - FREE CAMPGROUND - HOH (HOE) OXBOW - MILEPOST 177 - BEST AND FREE. Closest Motels - FORKS


MILEPOST 177............FREE CAMPGROUND - HOH (HOE) OXBOW - Right on Hoh River...Right before/after narrow bridge over Hoh...Never full...minimart & showers .5 miles south of campground...scenic...FREE


MILEPOST 176......SOUTH FORK HOH (HOE) TRAILHEAD - Will check this one out better. What follows is park directions....South Fork Hoh (Washington Dept. of Natural Resources) Direction: About 2 miles south of Hoh Oxbow Campground (17 miles south of FORKS ), look for signs for "South Fork Hoh Trail" Follow signs to trail head. Nearest Campground: South Fork Campground (DNR) 2 miles from trail head. Facilities: None Stock Facilities: None Other: DNR roads are subject to periodic closure due to wind fall and washouts. This road is a scenic loop - coming out at milepost 147.


MILEPOST 176......NORTH LOOP OF CLEARWATER ROAD - Go there for wonderful little settlement and great views. Loop comes out at milepost 176 - South Fork Hoh Trailhead. During loop will encounter minimum security prison also.


MILEPOST 172......HOH HUMM BED & BREAKFAST


MILEPOST 170......NOLAN CREEK JUNCTION- BEWARE !!!! - road is uneven here - many cars damaged by not slowing down here.


MILEPOST 169......RAINFOREST HOSTEL

MILEPOST 164......RUBY BEACH

MILEPOST 158......KALALOCH (CLAY..LOCK)

MILEPOST 157......KALALOCH (CLAY..LOCK) RANGER STATION - Ranger station is south of lodge and on other side of road - Has return box for bear cans.


MILEPOST 152......TOWN OF QUEETS & QUEETS RIVER (QWEETS) - SHELL GAS STATION has showers


MILEPOST 147......SOUTH LOOP OF CLEARWATER ROAD - Go there for wonderful little settlement and great views. Loop comes out at milepost 176 - South Fork Hoh (HOE) Trailhead. During loop will encounter minimum security prison also.


MILEPOST 146......QUEETS (QWEETS) TRAILHEAD - Follow Queets River Road (45 miles south of FORKS ) to its end. Nearest Campground: Queets Facilities: Ranger station, toilets, water Stock Facilities: None Other: Road is subject to periodic closure due to wind fall and flooding.


MILEPOST 130......AMANDA PARK


MILEPOST 129......NORTH FORK QUINAULT (QUIN..NALT) TRAILHEAD - Don't take camper or RV on this road..trees show scrape marks for those who tried. AMANDA PARK is at the edge of Lake Quinault and is the location of the Northern Loop Road. LAKE QUINAULT has a road looping around it. The southern loop ends at the Graves Creek trailhead - about 15 miles.. (I will refine distance next time I drive it.) The northern loop road goes 5-6 miles then turns into gravel. The gravel is not bad but the road gets extremely narrow. Early morning (5-6 am) and you will have to wait for the elk to move on. You will repeatedly think you are on the wrong road but keep going... after 15 miles (from Highway 101) you will see the connection to the southern loop and a sign indicating ranger station and campground 3 more miles. The ranger station is the main trailhead - another is before the campground. THE CAMPGROUND IS ALWAYS FULL - only about 10 spots. Parking area at ranger station. If the road is out can take the southern loop and cross over to trailhead. Northern loop road is worse for driving but more scenic. I will put more details in next time I drive the road.


MILEPOST 129-126.....LAKE QUINAULT (QUIN..NALT)


MILEPOST 126......GRAVES CREEK TRAILHEAD - AMANDA PARK is at the edge of LAKE QUINAULT (QUIN..NALT) and 3 miles north of the Southern Loop Road. LAKE QUINAULT has a road looping around it. The southern loop ends at the Graves Creek trailhead.....about 15 miles.. (I will refine distance next time I drive it.)

The road goes by the historic LAKE QUINAULT LODGE and meanders through farms etc. following the river. The road turns into a yucky gravel road = but passable. There is nothing at trailhead but a sign announcing trailhead. No ranger station no parking area.. but Graves Creek Campground is 500 feet from trailhead. If the road is out can take the northern loop and cross over to trailhead. Northern loop road is worse for driving but more scenic. The northern loop has a ranger station at the end of it - The North Fork Quinault trailhead. I will put more details in next time I drive the road.


MILEPOST 126......LAKE QUINAULT LODGE (QUINN..NALT)

MILEPOST 123......NEILTON

MILEPOST 111......WYNOOCHEE LAKE ROAD

MILEPOST 110-109......HUMPTULIPS

MILEPOST 109......HIGHWAY TO MOCLIPS (MOE..CLIPS) and turn off for OCEAN SHORES

MILEPOST 100......Nice quiet scenic mile

MILEPOST 92......HIGHWAY TO MOCLIPS (MOE..CLIPS) and turn off for OCEAN SHORES

MILEPOST 90.......HOQUIAM (HOE..QWEE..YUM)

MILEPOST 89.......JUNCTION 101 & 109 ( to OCEAN SHORES )

MILEPOST 88-78.......ABERDEEN & HOQUIAM (HOE..QWEE..YUM)

MILEPOST 78.......COSMOSPOLIS - Within this small town Highway 101 turns south to Washington/Oregon border

MILEPOST 78-00.......HIGHWAY 101 SOUTH TO WASHINGTON/OREGON BORDER


HIGHWAY 12 TOWARDS OLYMPIA.......MONTESANO - is located approximately 10 miles east of Aberdeen and 40 miles west of Olympia, at the junction of US HIGHWAY 12 and state highway 107


HIGHWAY 12 TOWARDS OLYMPIA......WYNOOCHEE TRAILHEAD - From MONTESANO follow Wynoochee River Road (Forest Service Road 22) to jct. with road 2270. Follow 2270 road to trail head. Nearest Campground is Wynoochee Falls (6 miles from trail head). There are no facilities at the campground. Road is subject to periodic closure due to wind fall, snow and flooding.