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Hiking Around Sequim

Hiking Near SequimAll it takes is one simple look around at the abundant natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula for visitors to fall in love with the Sequim area and all it has to offer. One of the best things about Sequim, other than its idyllic setting, is the moderate weather that we enjoy year-round.  The frequent sunny days and mild temperatures allow residents and visitors alike to get outside on a regular basis.  Though spring and summer may be the more obvious choices for hiking on the Olympic Peninsula, we find that there really isn’t any bad time of year to get out and enjoy the area’s incredible hiking trails. Book your room at the Dungeness Bay Cottages today.

Sequim’s Top Hiking Trails

Sequim has an abundance of natural beauty, easily hiked from its doorstep. Sequim is nestled in the shadow of the majestic Olympic Mountains. As the temperatures rise, the snow begins to melt from the peaks and hiking season begins in earnest. The mountain meadows explode with wildflowers and the forest rivers rush with new, clear water. Summer is the perfect time to explore everything this incredible area has to offer, and Sequim is the perfect home base from which to explore these trails.

One of the most popular trails in the area is Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles. On a clear day from the top of Hurricane Hill, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the brightly colored peaks and valleys of Olympic Mountains, clear across to the shores of British Columbia. It’s a spectacular sight to behold, and will undoubtedly take your breath away. Here are 5 other great hikes to take in the Sequim area:

  • Upper Dungeness River – The trailhead for this 6.8 mile round trip hike is a little over an hour’s drive from Sequim, and a Northwest Forest Pass is required. The path can be steep at times, but mostly it’s a gentle climb. The hike parallels the Dungeness River and crosses it on a rustic log bridge that was recently repaired. Stop at Camp Handy for lunch.  If you have the energy and he time, the Royal Lake extension is truly spectacular and worth every ounce of effort.
  • Hiking Near SequimRain Shadow Loop Trail  is a 1 hour drive from Sequim and only a .5 mile hike round trip. It’s a short but steep journey with a stunning 360 degree view at the summit of Blue Mountain. Here you will take in views of the Cascades, Vancouver Island and the Strait of Juan De Fuca. This trail also takes you past meadows of wildflowers.
  • Slab Camp Creek and Grey Wolf River is a great place to go to get away from the crowds. A 30 minute drive will get you to this 5.5 miles round trip hike. In the late Spring the rhododendrons are in full bloom, but in summer it’s the wildflowers that put on a show. Enjoy your lunch break at Slab Camp and lose yourself in the peaceful surroundings.
  • If you’re looking for a hiking trip with huge rewards at the end, then you’ll want to head up to the top of Mt. Townsend. This is one of the most popular hikes on the Olympic Peninsula, and one look at the view from the top, especially at sunset, will tell you why.  The 6.7 mile journey to the top can be enjoyed from June through November.
  • Deer Ridge Trail  – This trail is only a 30 minute drive from Sequim and has no entry fees. It’s a 9.8 mile roundtrip hike, and recommended for experienced hikers. While the trail begins with a gentle climb it quickly steepens after 1.5 miles. Be sure to pack plenty of water, as there is no place to refill on the trail. As the path continues you will enter Olympic National Park. Your efforts will be rewarded with astonishing views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains, and never-ending fields of wildflowers.

This is a small taste of the breathtaking hiking available to you when you stay with us in Sequim, but we really haven’t even started to scratch the surface. So if hiking is your passion, book your room at the Dungeness Bay Cottages this summer, and start planning your trails.