Seeing The Olympic Peninsula With Canines

Surrounded by water on three sides, Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is a examine in opposites. The silence of the moss-covered woodlands contrasts sharply with the roaring wind and crashing surf of the seashores. Every has their very own magnificence, and each are past phrases. Mixed, they make the Olympic Peninsula an incredible place to go to with canine!


If that is your first journey to the Olympic Peninsula, begin by getting the lay of the land. Within the coronary heart of the peninsula, Olympic Nationwide Park encompasses practically 1,000,000 acres. Cities and journey routes skirt the perimeters, abiding on the lip between the park’s boundary and the rugged seashores.

The Olympic Nationwide Forest varieties a close to semicircle to the east and south of the nationwide park, with one other part to the northwest. That is necessary as a result of pets are welcome within the Olympic Nationwide Forest. After all, they should be beneath management or on a leash. And in developed areas comparable to trailheads, campgrounds, and busy trails pets should be on a leash and beneath management. 

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Map of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington


Olympic National Park

Mount Olympus rises nearly 8,000 feet from the center of Olympic National Park. It, along with the rest of the Olympic Mountains, stirs the wild and ever changing weather that makes this area famous.

With glacier-capped peaks, old-growth temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline Olympic National Park is a nature lovers dream. However, pet friendly areas are somewhat limited. In addition to all campgrounds and picnic areas, pets are welcome on some trails and beaches, along roads, and in the parking lots. Be sure to ask how your dog can become a BARK Ranger throughout your go to!

Hurricane Ridge - Olympic Peninsula, WA

Pet Pleasant Seashores and Trails in Olympic Nationwide Park

  • Peabody Creek Path on the Olympic Nationwide Park Customer Heart in Port Angeles (1/2 mile)
  • Rialto Seaside from the parking zone to Ellen Creek (1/2 mile)
  • Kalaloch Space Seashores between the Hoh and Quinault Reservations
  • Madison Falls Path close to Elwha (0.2 mile to a waterfall)
  • Spruce Railroad Path on the north shore of Lake Crescent (11.2 miles)
  • July Creek Loop Path on the north shore of Lake Quinault (0.4 mile)
Dog Friendly Rialto Beach - Olympic Peninsula, WA
Rialto Seaside – Olympic Peninsula, Washington
Rialto Beach - Olympic, WA
Rialto Beach - Olympic, WA


Hoh Rain Forest

Situated on the west aspect of Olympic Nationwide Park, the Hoh Rain Forest is likely one of the hottest locations on the Peninsula. As soon as spanning the Pacific coast from southeastern Alaska to the central coast of California, this is likely one of the best remaining examples of temperate rainforest in the US.

Sadly, canine can not go on the paths within the Hoh Rain Forest. That isn’t sudden given the distinctive habitat. However we’ve by no means seen an announcement fairly just like the one posted on an indication on the customer’s heart:

“Canines are pure enemies to all creatures of the forest. For the safety of your pet, in addition to your self and different hikers, pets usually are not allowed on the paths.”

That appears just a little harsh.

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Hoh Rain Forest - Olympic, WA
Hoh Rain Forest - Olympic, WA
Slug in Hoh Rain Forest - Olympic, WA
Dangerous woodland creature?


Olympic National Forest

Olympic National Forest has over 250 miles of trails – and you can enjoy them all with your dogs! Whether you’re hiking a peak for a view of Puget Sound, or exploring the rivers and rainforests, the diverse landscapes are breathtaking.

Olympic National Forest Pet Policy

The Olympic National Forest is pet friendly! Pets must be under control or on a leash. In developed recreational areas, such as trailheads and campgrounds and busy trails, pets must be on a leash and under control. Pets are prohibited in swimming areas. Saddle, pack, or draft animals are allowed only in authorized areas. Be aware that pets are restricted in Olympic National Park; know where Park and Forest boundaries are.

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Hoh River - Olympic, WA
Ruby Beach - Olympic, WA
Big Cedar Tree - Olympic, WA
Ruby Beach - Olympic, WA


Fort Worden State Park

Fort Worden was an active military base until 1953. Now a 433-acre state park, it’s a fascinating and beautiful Olympic Peninsula attraction to explore with your dogs.

Leashed pets are allowed almost everywhere in Fort Worden State Park, including the 11+ miles of hiking trails and the beaches. However, they cannot go inside active buildings and museums.

Note: You will need a Discover Pass to park anyplace inside Fort Warden State Park.

Fort Worden State Park - Port Townsend, WA
Fort Worden State Park - Port Townsend, WA


Constructed between 1898 and 1920, Fort Worden, Fort Flagler and Fort Casey shaped the “Triangle of Hearth” on the entrance of Admiralty Inlet and guarded Puget Sound from invasion by sea.

The forts by no means fired a hostile shot, and lots of the weapons have been eliminated throughout World Warfare I to be used in Europe. However the bunkers and gun batteries nonetheless occupy the strategic hilltops overlooking Puget Sound. Pets are welcome to discover the bunker and battery constructions with you.

Fort Worden State Park - Port Townsend, WA
Fort Worden State Park - Port Townsend, WA


Pet Pleasant Lodging At Fort Worden State Park

Searching for a comfortable getaway for you and your canine on the Olympic Peninsula? Fort Worden has a wide range of pet pleasant lodging obtainable!

The unique fort barracks — three dozen Victorian homes — have been renovated into vacation rentals. And the designated pet pleasant items welcome as much as 2 pets with no weight restrictions for a pet price of $30 per day, per pet, unique of tax. 

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Buildings at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA

Fort Worden additionally provides tenting choices! The Forest Campground is positioned close to the principle entrance to the park, and the Seaside Campground is down by the seaside, adjoining to the lighthouse. With 50 RV websites and nice views of the Sound, it is a spot you received’t need to miss!

Fort Worden State Park - Port Townsend, WA
Photograph Copyright: Tiffani Waters


Port Townsend

Situated on the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend was based in 1851 with hopes of changing into the most important harbor within the northwest. As abroad ships started docking, companies took off, and Victorian buildings have been constructed to accommodate them.

Sadly, every thing got here to a crashing halt when the Nice Despair hit and the railroads couldn’t afford to increase their strains throughout Puget Sound. A lot of Port Townsend’s inhabitants left, and the buildings have been deserted. Now, after cautious restoration, they offer the city it’s quaint really feel.

Downtown - Port Townsend, WA
Port Townsend, WA


Nonetheless deep in maritime relevancy, Port Townsend is now a hub for unbiased boat builders. Strolling via the marina to view the vessels docked right here is entertaining – even when you understand nothing about boats!

There have been additionally just a few pleasant locals prepared to pose for a photograph with Ty and Buster.

Wooden Boats - Port Townsend, WA
Otters and Dogs - Port Townsend, WA


Discovering distinctive, pet pleasant eating places has turn out to be a pastime for us, and Port Townsend supplied one which was notably memorable. The PT Soda Fountain & Diner seems to be similar to you’d think about a soda fountain ought to look! And with its canine pleasant again deck overlooking the harbor, who may ask for extra?

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Nifty Fifty's Soda Fountain - Port Townsend, WA
Nifty Fifty's Soda Fountain - Port Townsend, WA


Cape Flattery Path And Lookout

Cape Flattery was on our “must-do” record, merely for it’s geographic location – it’s essentially the most northwester level within the continental United States. We didn’t anticipate it to even be some of the picturesque locations we’ve been!

The simple 1.2-mile path is pet pleasant and consists of a mixture of boardwalk and filth path. Winding beneath a cover of timber, the path takes you to numerous lookouts, every with their very own view of Cape Flattery.

Cape Flattery on the Olympic Peninsula, WA
Buster and Ty at Cape Flattery, WA
View of the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Cape Flattery, WA


Experience The Ferry To Victoria

From Port Angeles, on the northern shore of the Olympic Peninsula, you possibly can take a 90-minute ferry journey to Victoria, British Columbia. Victoria is a beautiful, walkable metropolis and enjoyable place to discover together with your canine.

If you happen to plan to make this a part of your journey, make sure you pack your passport and your canine’s vaccination information!

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Ferry Loading - Port Angeles, WA

We hope our go to to the Olympic Peninsula with canine encourages you to see it for your self! If you understand of different pet pleasant issues individuals shouldn’t miss, make sure you depart a remark under.

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