Seeing The Olympic Peninsula With Canine

Surrounded by water on three sides, Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is a research 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 almost one million 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 kinds a close to semicircle to the east and south of the nationwide park, with one other part to the northwest. That is essential as a result of pets are welcome within the Olympic Nationwide Forest. In fact, they have to be beneath management or on a leash. And in developed areas similar to trailheads, campgrounds, and busy trails pets have to be on a leash and beneath management. 

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Map of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington


Olympic Nationwide Park

Mount Olympus rises almost 8,000 ft from the middle of Olympic Nationwide Park. It, together with the remainder of the Olympic Mountains, stirs the wild and ever altering climate that makes this space well-known.

With glacier-capped peaks, old-growth temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of untamed shoreline Olympic Nationwide Park is a nature lovers dream. Nevertheless, pet pleasant areas are considerably restricted. Along with all campgrounds and picnic areas, pets are welcome on some trails and seashores, alongside roads, and within the parking heaps. Make sure you ask how your canine can develop into 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 car 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

Positioned 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 america.

Sadly, canine can’t go on the paths within the Hoh Rain Forest. That’s not 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:

“Canine are pure enemies to all creatures of the forest. For the safety of your pet, in addition to your self and different hikers, pets aren’t allowed on the paths.”

That appears somewhat harsh.

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


Olympic Nationwide Forest

Olympic Nationwide Forest has over 250 miles of trails – and you’ll get pleasure from all of them together with your canine! Whether or not you’re mountain climbing a peak for a view of Puget Sound, or exploring the rivers and rainforests, the varied landscapes are breathtaking.

Olympic Nationwide Forest Pet Coverage

The Olympic Nationwide Forest is pet pleasant! Pets have to be beneath management or on a leash. In developed leisure areas, similar to trailheads and campgrounds and busy trails, pets have to be on a leash and beneath management. Pets are prohibited in swimming areas. Saddle, pack, or draft animals are allowed solely in approved areas. Bear in mind that pets are restricted in Olympic Nationwide Park; know the place 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 energetic army base till 1953. Now a 433-acre state park, it’s an enchanting and exquisite Olympic Peninsula attraction to discover together with your canine.

Leashed pets are allowed nearly in all places in Fort Worden State Park, together with the 11+ miles of mountain climbing trails and the seashores. Nevertheless, they can not go inside energetic buildings and museums.

Word: You have to 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 fashioned 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 had 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

On the lookout for a comfortable getaway for you and your canine on the Olympic Peninsula? Fort Worden has quite a lot of pet pleasant lodging obtainable!

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

READ MORE ⇒ Tips for Booking a Pet Friendly Cabin or Vacation Rental

Buildings at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA

Fort Worden additionally affords tenting choices! The Forest Campground is positioned close to the primary entrance to the park, and the Seaside Campground is down by the seashore, adjoining to the lighthouse. With 50 RV websites and nice views of the Sound, it is a spot you gained’t wish to miss!

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


Port Townsend

Positioned on the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend was based in 1851 with hopes of turning into the largest harbor within the northwest. As abroad ships started docking, companies took off, and Victorian buildings had been constructed to deal with them.

Sadly, the whole lot got here to a crashing halt when the Nice Despair hit and the railroads couldn’t afford to increase their traces throughout Puget Sound. A lot of Port Townsend’s inhabitants left, and the buildings had been deserted. Now, after cautious restoration, they provide 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 realize nothing about boats!

There have been additionally a number of 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 develop into a passion for us, and Port Townsend offered 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 might 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” listing, 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 one of the picturesque locations we’ve been!

The straightforward 1.2-mile path is pet pleasant and consists of a mixture of boardwalk and dust path. Winding beneath a cover of bushes, 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


Trip 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.

For those who 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 realize of different pet pleasant issues folks shouldn’t miss, make sure you depart a remark under.

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