Looks like I'll be heading out there this summer, maybe June but most likely mid-July). Will be driving out and then picking up a friend at the Seattle airport and then out to the Peninsula for a couple days. I'll be bringing a tandem canoe (Sawyer Cruiser) and am looking for some paddling options. Looking for something up to easy class II, or else having the ability to easily portage.
The Black River near Olympia looks really nice and will be on our way so we'll probably do a paddle there.
Last time I was out that way, quite a few years ago, I did the Quillayute river to the coast. That was a nice paddle but maybe a bit short. Can that be extended by putting in a little farther upstream the Bocachiel or Sol Duc? Access looks a bit limited above Mora Road.
What are some other options? I've tried researching it but most paddlers seem to be looking for whitewater out there, not much about flat water I could find. What about the Bogachiel around the Hwy. 101 area? What can I expect for water levels in July?
And while we're at it I'd take some hiking recommendations too. I'll have my dog along with me so that takes the National Park out of the picture but I see there is quite a bit of national forest and state land surrounding the park too. Any place with reasonable access to see big trees outside the national park?
What's going on with the Twilight thing? I heard the Forks area turned into a bit of a zoo. Any improvement?
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Posted by: yatipope on May-12-14 12:48 AM (EST)
I lived in Olympia 10 years and paddled virtually all over the areas rivers year around and July and August has very low flows on most all the snowmelt/rain runoff rivers. I would expect the Black to be pretty narrow and twisty for a Sawyer Cruiser.with late summer low flows. Certainly Hood Canal and the lakes on the penisula would be great if you were not limited to rivers. Otherwise the Queets would be a good choice. The Hoh might be another runnable flatwater river. Both have more water than any other river in late summer USUALLY.
Posted by: alan_gage on May-12-14 10:50 AM (EST)
The Queets looks perfect, I hadn't looked into that one yet. Sounds like if you cross the river at the Queets campground there's a trail head on the other side that doesn't get much use, correct? Some people mentioned the Queets river road had been washed out at some point requiring a longer shuttle run. Any idea if that's still the case? I think I saw a blog talking about it in 2011.
Try the Sound.|
Posted by: magooch on May-12-14 11:23 AM (EST)
Posted by: alan_gage on May-12-14 12:13 PM (EST)
As I was looking at the map last night I noticed the sound looked pretty interesting in that area. Don't know if we'll do it this trip but will be something I keep in mind for a later one. I've paddled it a little around Des Moines but this looks better.
Totally understand the "river thing"|
Posted by: yatipope on May-12-14 4:32 PM (EST)
The whole time I lived in Olympia (actually Lacey) I paddled all over the Peninsula, I paddled the Hoh, Queets, Calawah, Bogachiel, Sol Duc, Dosewallips, Satsop, Wynoochee and some of their forks on numerous occasions but never paddled any Lakes or salt water. The lure of rivers is irresistible. Yes the Queets is the best bet because its glacial melt will most likely have enough water to paddle while virtually ALL the other rivers will be too low. Queets campground is where to start and its been years since the road was damaged so it may require a little beforehand calling around to find out its present status.. I recommend contacting the Olympic National Forest headquarters.
Posted by: alan_gage on May-12-14 5:35 PM (EST)
Posted by: yatipope on May-12-14 10:31 PM (EST)
ALL my canoe trips involved bicycle shuttles because it provides exercise, good alternative photo opportunities and sometimes great wildlife sightings. Right On!!
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Posted by: pikabike on May-12-14 12:47 PM (EST)
Posted by: ppine on May-23-14 1:45 PM (EST)
By summer the rivers on the Peninsula are mighty puny. They tend to be full of woody debris and sweepers. The water is cold. I would suggest L Ozette or Quinalt.