Photos of the last 12 hikes with the Port Ludlow Hiking Club
2016-11-18 Upper Dosewallips River Road Trail Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. The hike was 10.1 miles roundtrip with around 2,000 feet of elevation change. This hike begins where the original road to the Upper Dosewallips trailhead washed out several years ago. The hike is now on the road past the washout section. The road past the washout is wide and well maintained. There were 12 hikers.
2016-11-04 Larry Scott Memorial Trail Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. The hike was 5.3 miles roundtrip with very little elevation change, so it was a pleasant stroll. The Larry Scott Trail is a very well maintained wide trail that is easy to get to, so it makes a great local hike. There were 20 hikers.
2016-10-21 Waterfalls Hike: This is hike 47 and hike 54 in the guidebook. It also included Rocky Brook waterfall which is not in the guidebook. Hike 47, Murhut Falls, is 1.6 miles roundtrip with 300 feet of elevation change. Hike 54, Fallsview Canyon, is 1.5 miles roundtrip with 300 feet of elevation change. Rocky Brook waterfall is 600 yards roundtrip with almost no elevation change. All three trails provide wonderful views. There were 25 hikers.
2016-10-07 Lower Gray Wolf River Hike: This is hike 67 in the guidebook. The Lower Gray Wolf Trail is a fairly easy 8.4 miles roundtrip with 800 feet of elevation change. The trail runs along the Gray Wolf River in several places. The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. There were 12 hikers.
2016-09-23 Dosewallips State Park Hike: This is hike 49 in the guidebook. The total hike from the parking lot is 5.25 miles with 915 feet of elevation change. This hike begins with views of the Dosewallips River and its side channels. It winds through a second growth forest of Cedars, Alders, Maples, Douglas fir and others. The Steam Donkey trail has an interesting history.
2016-09-09 Admiralty Head - Fort Casey Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. The hike began with a 9:30 a.m. ferry ride from Port Townsend to Whidbey Island. Once on Whidbey Island, we enjoyed a walk along the bluff to Admiralty Head Lighthouse and Fort Casey State Park. The hike was approximately 4 to 5 miles roundtrip. There were 18 hikers.
2016-08-26 Olympic Discovery Trail Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. Instead it was a small section (5.36 miles roundtrip) of the Olympic Discovery Trail near Sequim. When completed the Olympic Discovery Trail will spans from Port Townsend to La Push (126 miles one way). Currently, 69 miles of this trail are completed. There were 15 hikers.
2016-08-12 Marmot Pass Hike: This is hike 58 in the guidebook. The Marmot Pass Trail is a fairly difficult 10.6 miles roundtrip with 3500 feet of elevation change. The trail is a steady uphill all the way to Marmot Pass. The trail runs along the Big Quilcene River for 2.5 miles and then begins a steady climb to Marmot Pass. The trail is easy to follow and well maintained.
Almost all the hikers made it to the top of Marmot Pass. The weather was great and the views outstanding. There were 15 hikers.
2016-07-29 Mount Townsend Hike: This is hike 59 in the guidebook. The Mount Townsend Trail is 8.2 miles roundtrip with 2900 feet of elevation change. The summit is at 6280 feet. This hike offers some of the best views around and the wildflowers were out in force. Only 4 or the 11 hikers decided to go all the way to the top, but everyone had a great time. The sky was blue, but there was a lot of haze in the distance.
2016-07-16 Grand Ridge Hike: This is hike 85 in the guidebook. The Grand Ridge Trail is 5 miles roundtrip with 700 feet of elevation change. The hike begins at Obstruction Point. Like Sunrise Ridge, this hike offers some of the best views in the Olympics. It also includes an incredible number of wildflowers.
We hiked almost the entire 5 miles. We were about a tenth of a mile from the normal turnaround point when everybody decided it was time for lunch. After lunch, we headed back to the trailhead. There were 18 hikers.
2016-07-01 Sunrise Ridge Hike: This is hike 82 in the guidebook. The Sunrise Ridge Trail is 5.2 miles roundtrip with 1000 feet of elevation change. Normally this is a view and flower hike, but on hike day it was overcast and at times lightly raining. The views were severely limited. On the other hand, we did see some critters I’ve never or rarely seen in the Olympics (Mountain Goat, Olympic Marmot, and Black Bear).
We did not hike the entire distance. Instead we hiked to a nice view point and had lunch: total distance 3.68 miles roundtrip. There were 23 hikers.
2016-06-24 Dungeness Spit Hike: This is hike 76 in the guidebook. The Dungeness Spit Trail is 11 miles roundtrip with 130 feet of elevation change. The trail isn’t so much a trail as it is a walk along the beach. The beach leads to a lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1857 and it is still used today. The spit of land that goes to the lighthouse has the Strait of Juan de Fuca on one side and the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge on the other. There were 15 hikers.
Not everyone went all the way to the lighthouse, but we all had a great day at the beach.