"Backpack the Strip: A 57..." Washington State Things to Do Tip by clairese

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Backpack the Strip: A 57 mile-long expanse of rock, seawater, and sand, the Olympic Coastal Strip holds some of the most rugged and picturesque coastline anywhere. It's also the longest wilderness coastline in the United States, accessed by roads at only a few points. Backpackers willing to negotiate the tides, waves and treacherous headlands on foot are treated to unique payoffs; blissfully remote stretches of sand; misty vistas of huge 'sea stacks'-some topped by miniaturized forests-carved out of the coast by the power of the waves; sighting of bald eagles, sea lions, and gray whales. And along the way there are plenty of spots to camp, either right on the beaches or tucked away into the trees on the headland. The most popular section is the 20-mile trek between Ozette and Rialto Beach. Hot-Springs soak, bring your suit! after my hike i really look forward to sitting in the hot-springs.And there are several places in the Olympic where you can try it for yourself. One is the popular-and disarmingly modern- Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort. The hot mineral waters that rise to the surface along the Soleduck River bank, have been channeled into tiled pools. For a more rustic experience there is the Olympic Hot Springs, a 2.2 mile walk in from trailhead; six sandy pools here are set amid the lush deep-emerald lowland forest. My favorite!
Olympic National Park's true distinction lies in its stunning diversity. Few places on earth have so much of everything human and natural history, unusual flora and fauna, utter wilderness and sports for every kind of outdoor recreation. The park divides into three major areas- the glaciered mountains and high country of the interior, the lush rain forest of the west-facing the valleys and the rugged wilderness coastline. It's a landscape that renders a quick visit nearly impossible. Since no road cuts all the way through the vast interior of the peninsula the park remains a vast and subtle wilderness suffused with a primordial and mystical spirit. Magnificent waterfalls, wide alpine meadows sparkling with avalanche lillies, larkspur, and Indian paintbrush. Eerie moss-bearded forests dripping with fog, and cliff-lined beaches await adventurous explorers, just as they awaited native peoples thousands of years ago.

Directions: 1835 Blacklake Blvd. S.W
Olympia, Wa 98512

Olympic National Forest is synonymous with the Olympic Peninsula. The Peninsula is surrounded on three sides by saltwater, U.S. Highway 101 is

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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