Washington Olympic Coast Cleanup!
Directions and Plan for the big weekend
Oil City/Hoh Head topo Map
What to Bring?
Here is a plan for leaving late Friday, and directions:
The first ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge is at 6:20 am. This will get you to the trailhead at Oil City (no oil, no city, and really beautiful rain forest!) about 9:30 am. If you take this ferry you most folks will already be at the Beach so go ahead and hike in.
Another option, is to take the ferry over on Friday afternoon to Bainbridge and drive to Port Angeles. From there it is 57 miles to Forks. For camping drive to the Hungry Bear Campground, about 13 miles before Forks. It is a Department of Natural Resources Campground. It is free, with outhouses, but no water. The Hungry Bear Café is right next door. We have camped there many times.
Forks is only 13 miles away from the Hungry Bear, and they have a Thriftway with everything you forgot, plus Lattes etc. The Visitor and Transit Center and NPS Information Center is almost across the street. If you have not registered with me in advance, stop in and sign the form, and/or pickup a bear canister if you need one.
From the Info center drive about 14 miles south on 101. Youll pass a turnoff to the left for the Upper Hoh Road (the trailhead for Mount Olympus). Another 1.1 miles look for the sign for Cottonwood Recreation Area, and the Oil City Road. Turn right on the Oil City Road. If you find yourself crossing the Hoh River, turn around, you missed the right hand turn.
Drive 10 miles down the Oil City Road to the end of the road and the National Park Service Oil City Trailhead. There is an outhouse there, but no water. Park where you can.
Doerte and I will arrive about 8:45 am and hope to see everyone by 9 am. I have a black Toyota PU with a black camper and Grand Canyon bumper sticker on the back.
If youre late, thats okay, just hike on in. Youll see us at the beach, or after 10, well be around at Jefferson Cove.
It is about a mile to the beach where the Hoh River drains into the Pacific Ocean, and another mile in to Jefferson Cove.
If the weather is good, well camp at the North end of the beach. It is a good sandy group camp where well have good views of the waves and Ocean. (If the weather is marginal well camp in the sheltered driftwood a bit farther south for protection from the wind) At either camp, well have a nice fire.
Water. There is a permanent stream just before the Hoh Beach that can be filtered. Since the hike to camp is only about a mile, bring plenty of water. There is no outhouse at the beach, so well have to use backcountry procedure and bury our waste 6 inches deep above the beach.
Low tide is about 1 pm so we have most of the day from 10 am to 5 pm that we can spend around the Diamond Head. This headland is not passable at high tide, so well all need to be back by 5 pm.
Those that wish to stay close to camp can work the area of Hoh Beach. Others, can hike the rocks and cobbles around Diamond Head and cleanup the beach of Jefferson Cove. It is a little over a mile long, composed of nice sand at low tide, and has a nice collection of floats, buoys, rope, styrofoam, etc for us to gather and place in a cache site at the north end of Jefferson Cove, near the overland ladder.
I know I talked about a camp 5 miles in, North of the Hoh Head, but Doerte and I took a look and there is very little camping opportunities there, and a tough scramble to the low tide beach. There is, however, plenty to do there, even for a large party for a few days. If anyone wants to hike over for the day, and cleanup for a couple of hours, and look at the tide pools, that would be okay. But I think Jefferson Cove will keep most of us all busy for the day.
There is the possibility of seeing Gray Whales, Bald Eagles, Deer, Raccoons, Sea Otters, Sea Lions, and Seals.
Sunday morning, we can relax, hike out, and everyone can have leisurely trip back home. I must mention the new restaurant in La Push, about 14 miles from Forks. This would make a great lunch stop after we have the beach looking pristine! Another favorite option is the Sol Duc Hot Springs!
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