I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years now, and finally went to the Olympics. For the first half of our week-long vacation, my sister and I first stayed at Kalaloch Campground on the coast then moved to Sol Duc for the second half. I spent additional nights at Denny Creek Campground just west of Seattle, which was pretty great, as the area had amazing hiking.
We didn’t see any of the northwest section of the park unfortunately, since we only had a week. But I’m so glad I finally got to see this park.
Denny Creek to Kalaloch
I got my haircut in Olympia, Washington and bought some books at a great bookstore there called Browsers Bookshop. Drove around the south end of the park and met Tami at Lake Quinalt Lodge for lunch, then we drove up to Kalaloch Campground. Kalaloch was our base while we hiked Hoh River Rainforest.
Kalaloch to Sol Duc
Driving up to Sol Duc, we took a hiking trail that led to a really pretty beach. We hiked a few trails at Sol Duc, and there was a nice trail leading from the campground to the hot springs. Sol Duc was our base for exploring Lake Crescent.