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Visiting Sequim, WA

Mesa, Arizona
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Visiting Sequim, WA

I will be attending a workshop for 5 days in August in Sequim, WA.

We are finished everyday at 5 pm. I would like to use my evening hours

enjoying the area. Do you have any suggestions?

I might even camp the 5 days at Dungeness Recreation Area or Sequim Bay State Park so would

love any input on that idea. (good idea? safe? easy driving to Sequim? etc) Thanks!

Poulsbo, Washington
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for Olympic National Park
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1. Re: Visiting Sequim, WA

In August the sun sets around 8pm. So you will not have a lot of time for outdoor activities. Dungeness Spit is an obvious option. You probably have this website http://www.clallam.net/Parks/Dungeness

The benefit of Dungeness is of course access to the the Spit and the trails along the bluff. It is also not just off hwy 101 like Sequim Bay State Park. It will take you a bit longer to get to most places given it is further from the hwy., but I see that as a plus. I have never camped at either campground, but Dungeness seems to get more sun.

If you had more time in the afternoon renting a bike and riding the Discovery Trail would be fun. I rode part of it last week. Make sure you check out Sunny Farms for groceries. Not sure if it is something you would be comfortable doing, but I would consider going up to Hurricane Ridge on a clear night to stargaze. Often there are people up there with telescopes willing to share. I would consider driving back down in he dark, but maybe it is not for you.

Do you have anytime before or after the workshop to spend anytime in Olympic NP?

Sorry but with about three hours of daylight and you returning to a campsite it is difficult to provide ideas.

Port Townsend...
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2. Re: Visiting Sequim, WA

Both parks are good. Sequim Bay State Park will have more campers. If you are alone, that might make you feel a little more secure. Olympic Discovery Trail goes right through the state park if you are into bicycling. Come over and visit Port Townsend one night for dinner.

Seattle, Washington
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3. Re: Visiting Sequim, WA

August 1 sunset at 8:49

August 15 sunset at 8:26

August 31 sunset at 7:56

Edited: 21 April 2016, 06:24
Port Angeles, WA
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for Olympic National Park
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4. Re: Visiting Sequim, WA

I waited to reply to this query because I could not figure out anything cheerful to say. Basically, everything in Olympic National Park is out. The problem with Hurricane Ridge is that its summit is 1 hour at least from Sequim, possibly as much as 1 hour and 15 minutes if you are on the eastern side of Sequim. That's 2 to 2.5 hours, all of it after 5 pm. I have loved watching the alpenglow of evening on Hurricane Ridge, but I know the road so well I can drive it in the fog. If you have any reservations about driving in dusk or after nightfall, don't do it. Deer cross the road all the time. Lake Crescent is really no better. You don't have time for the Spruce Railroad Trail after 5:00 pm, and Marymere Falls is both too far and too dark for an evening hike. The Elwha Valley trails are not at all suitable for evening hiking or driving. The roads to both Olympic Hot Springs and Whiskey Bend are unpaved, narrow, twisty, and lined with thick stands of dark trees.

It is so frustrating. Here you are, so near and yet so far. At least the Dungeness Spit is lovely.

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