July 25th to 28th 2017: We hopped the 30 minute ferry from Coupeville to Port Townsend (thus avoiding the traffic through Seattle) to get across to Olympic State Park which occupies the vast majority of this North West peninsula. No roads traverse the park, you drive pretty much along the coastline and then take roads that dive in to the park for a few miles from. whence the more adventurous can don their backpacks and hike into the wilderness (after registering with the ranger!).
The park is vast and the mountains remain snowcapped even in August and dominated by Mount Olympus at close to 8,000 feet. Eleven species of mammal are to be found nowhere else in the world except in this 1,440 square mile wilderness.
Our destination once disembarked was Crescent Beach RV Park where we would spend three nights and use it as a base for exploring the North of the park. (A separate post on the Olympic Park itself will follow).
The RV park is a long frontage separated from the beach by a narrow quiet road. It is less than a few minutes walk onto what is a private beach ‘owned’ by the park. On registration you receive a wrist band so that they can tell who is and who isn’t entitled to be on their beach.
The beach is stunning and has great sunset views. The RV park only has 33 spots (not all of which were occupied when we were there) and so you can sit quite alone on the beach and simply drink in the sound of the ocean. No wifi or cell service – who cares?!
Beach photos below but don’t do it justice.