Olympic Mountains

Moss covered trail walks

Moss and ferns abound on this fantastic and popular tour in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.  Over 150 varieties of moss, and somewhere around 10 types ferns live in our nations wettest place in the contiguous United States. The many shades of green entrance you.

The Olympic Peninsula is very large, and has both a National Forest and a National Park. Because of it’s great size, we have designed a number of different tours on the peninsula.  Now you can choose a rain forest trails tour, or a mountain tops and ridges tour, or both!

This tour, our Rain Forest Tour, into our temperate rain forest, involves heavily wooded trails and moss galore. Because many of the largest trees in the world are here, you’ll see old growth forest, massively large trees, and mosses of various textures and colors.

To register for this tour go to:  https://cherylsnorthwesttours.rezdy.com/197828/olympic-peninsula-and-forest-tour

Kalaloch Beach

Kalaloch Beach

Quinault Lodge

Quinault Lodge

Quinault

Quinault

Sword Ferns

Sword Ferns

Fern Trail

Fern Trail

Ice cream and coffee

Ice cream and coffee

Moss and Ferns

Moss and Ferns

Moss tree

Tree

Moss trail

A trail

This is moss

Shades of Green

Moss scene

Wooded scene

Olympic Peninsula Tour

No Elk sightings today on this Olympic Peninsula Tour, but the woods were alive with fresh water from the recent rains. You can feel the peace of the woods after a rain. The whole forest in Hoh, Lake Quinault, and Lake Crescent feel alive and breathing, deep and calm.

We did see 4 black tail deer, cows, horses, an eagle, some hawks, ducks, and a couple of slugs today. I know, cows and horses? Well, we never know when we’ll see actual wild life, so we watch for whatever we can see in the animal kingdom! Oddly, we have to look hard to find slugs. You’d think they’d be everywhere, but no, they hide well. The black ones and the Banana slugs.

The Olympic Peninsula has many rivers, which were higher due to the season. The Hoh river is quite full of glacial til, leaving the river a milky gray/teal color. it was very very pretty.

The Elwah river and the Hoh both have lots of new trees downed in the river bed, and the Hoh river has re-routed itself within the usual wide riverbed boundaries. It’s fun to see the changes each year.

Ruby Beach, on the Pacific Ocean, also has a new look. Every spring we show up to find the massive over-sized driftwood moved and shifted from the winter storms, and we get to find new ways to get to the beach. Today we decided to look at the beach from the cliff, then travel to Kalaloch where access is easier. Grey Whales were just past the breakers!  Kalaloch’s beach has more sand than drift wood. Of course we grabbed an espresso at the Kalaloch grocery before our journey back to Seattle, via Aberdeen and Olympia. Join us on a tour!  www.cherylsnwtours.com or cal

trail sign

trail sign

Halloween rock!

Halloween rock!

Sword Fern

Sword Fern

Kalaloch Beach

Kalaloch Beach

Olympic Mountains

Olympic Mountains