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Olympic Peninsula, Wa

Dosewallips State Park

The View from Dosewallips State Park

The View from Dosewallips State Park

Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/1oX3r

From Olympia, Head 60 miles North on Highway 101, through Shelton. Take a left after the Geoduck Restaurant and Lounge in Brinnon, Washington.

 

Hours and Cost:

–          Summer and Winter Hours- 8am to Dusk

–          Annual pass: $30

–          One-day pass: $10

 

Camping:

–          Tent Spaces-70

–          Utility Sites- 55

–          Platform Tent Spaces- 3

–          Cabins- 3

–          Bunkhouse- 1

There is also

–          One dump station

–          Three Restrooms

–          Two Showers

 

Reservations: https://secure.camis.com/WA/

More Camping Information: http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Dosewallips&subject=camping

 

 

Dosewallips River

Dosewallips River

Overview:

Located at Brinnon Washington, one of my favorite small towns that exist just to exist, Dosewallips State Park is closer to the dryer side of the Olympic Peninsula than the rainforest side. With the Olympic Mountains in the background, and elk herds closely flanking your camp sites, this little down has a great park.

I often stop here to relax after a long hike or a drive back from Hurricane Ridge or Neah Bay and I think you should too. With eagles on both sides of the bridge that crosses the Dosewallip River, this area could be a perfect spot for a spring or summer camping trip. Local Hikes are just a few miles drive away, and the Hood Canal, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Hurricane Ridge and Port Townsend are at your fingertips.

Because of its isolation, this campground would be perfect for a family with kids over 8 years old. This isn’t a pampered area and a certain level of “roughing it” would be needed to really enjoy it as a family. The campsites are decent, not amazingly beautiful, but they really do a good job of making you feel like you are in the woods. The RV sites are typical RV sites for state parks, no frills and side by side. All that may sound bad, but if you are looking to camp in a secure, non-primitive area close to the wilds of the Olympic Peninsula, this may just be your spot.

If you are stopping for an afternoon, all ages are fine. The location, again right on highway 101, means non-stop road noise, granted it isn’t heavily travelled. There are plenty of fun areas to play, take pictures and take in the Dosewallips River. Stop here, make a memory and I promise you, there will always be a spot in your heart for Brinnon and the Dosewallips State Park

 

Murhut Falls

Murhut Falls

–          Murhut Falls: http://exotichikes.com/murhut-falls-trail-and-trip-report/

–          Lake Constance: http://exotichikes.com/dosewallipslake-constance/

–          Dosewallips River to Graves Creek via Anderson Pass: http://exotichikes.com/graves-creek-and-enchanted-valley-hikes/

 

Cassandra Falls Near Lake Constance Trail

Cassandra Falls Near Lake Constance Trail

Fun Facts:

–          The road to the Olympic National Park from Brinnon is washed out, with absolutely no plans to repair it.

–          Near this Location, a C-141 slammed into a previously unnamed peak, killing all about. Read about it here: http://exotichikes.com/?s=c+141+peak

 

 

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Hood Canal From Brinnon

Hood Canal From Brinnon

 

 

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