Michael and Adam in Forks and La Push
About our adventure with @michaelmatti and @adammckibben
We invited Michael (@michaelmatti) and Adam (@adammckibben) to join us on a trip to Forks and La Push in February. We were chartered around by Olympic Hiking Co. (@hikeolympic) for 4 great days of adventure!
On our way from Port Angeles to Forks, we stopped at Madison Falls, and did a quick quick to Marymere Falls from the Storm King Ranger Station at Lake Crescent. The first night of our trip with Michael and Adam was stormy with lots of wind and rain; a common experience on the Washington coast in February. We checked into the lovely Quillayute River Resort in La Push, and watched the storm blowing in across the river right outside of our windows. We headed into Forks to stock up on supplies and grab some dinner. Luckily we chose Blakesless Bar and Grill because they had a generator on site, which came in very handy in getting us dinner after the power went out.
The next day, we started out early on our way to the Hoh Rain Forest. Unfortunately, just inside the National Park boundary, a giant tree had blown down across the road from the previous night's storm, so we turned around and headed back to La Push. We spent the morning hiking to Hole in the Wall on Rialto Beach, and enjoyed a picnic lunch. Then we called Olympic National Park's information line and confirmed the Hoh Rain Forest road had been cleared. When we made it back to the Hall of Mosses Trail, we weren't disappointed! There were beautiful, golden rays of sun filtering through the anicent moss-covered maples, with tiny drops of sparkling rain dripping through the canopy. Amazing! We finished off the evening with a last minute decision to catch sunset at Ruby Beach and eat dinner at the Kalaloch Lodge restaurant.
On our third day with Michael and Adam, we hiked to Third Beach in the morning at low tide, all the way to the south end of the beach where we watched eagles soaring above a cliffside waterfall. Then for lunch we headed to the River's Edge Restaurant in La Push. It was Adam's birthday, and the staff at the restaurant helped us surprise him with a cake! That evening we brought firewood down to Second Beach and made s'mores around a campfire while we watched the sun setting over the massive sea stacks.
The last morning of the trip, we had an incredible ocean tour with Randy from All-Ways Fishing from La Push. First we went south past James Island, First Beach and behind the incredible sea stacks on Second Beach. It was a really interesting perspective to see the seastacks from the other side. Next we headed north passed Rialto Beach, and to a special rock called Sea Lion Rock which was - you guessed it - covered in sea lions!
Check out some of the amazing photos Michael and Adam captured on the trip below: