Pacific Northwest Nature Photographers Events
Olympic National Park, Saturday & Sunday, July 10th & 11th, 2004
We're planning a very full weekend, but we'll have several meeting times and locations each day for those who may not want to participate in each shooting location but want to catch up with the group. We hope to see you all there!
At this time of year, sunrise is at 5:24 a.m. Sunset is at 9:11 p.m.
Friday Night Pizza
For those arriving Friday and who want to get together, we'll meet at Gordy's Pizza & Pasta at 5:30 p.m. for pizza & beer. Gordy's is located in Port Angeles at 1123 E. 1st Street.
For those skipping the Hurricane Hill venture but planning to meet for the Obstruction Point portion of the day, we suggest you plan on taking time to explore the various viewpoints and turnoffs on the road up to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. Note that these turnoffs are the planned Sunday morning sunrise locations as well.
Morning at Obstruction Point. We'll meet at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center—not the ONP Visitor Center just outside of Port Angeles, but the one at Hurricane Ridge—at 8:30 a.m. and caravan up Obstruction Point Road. This a fairly rough road but can be traveled by a passenger car—if we take our time. The road travels eight miles along the top of Hurricane Ridge to Obstruction Point. There are good views along the way and plenty of opportunities to photograph wildflowers. We will likely encounter Marmots and black-tailed deer.
Lunch at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center Cafe.
Dinner at the Bushwacker Restaurant in Port Angeles. Dinner at 5:00 p.m. should give us plenty of time to eat before heading to our sunset location. Bushwackers is known for great seafood and is at 1527 E. First Street.
Sunset at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and Beach. We'll leave from the Bushwacker Restaurant at 7:00 p.m. to head to Sequim and Dungeness NWR where we'll shoot sunset from Dungeness Beach.
Sol Duc Forest and Falls. The highlight of our trip will be Sol Duc. We'll meet at 8:00 a.m. at The Olympic National Park Visitor Center just outside of Port Angeles on the way to Hurricane Ridge. From here, we'll caravan to Sol Duc. We'll stop for breakfast at Granny's Cafe then proceed to Sol Duc road. We'll make a quick stop at Salmon Cascades on the way. Then head to the Ranger Station and campground. There are several trails we can take from here, but most likely we'll head out toward Sol Duc Falls. Along this trail we'll come across a wonderful unnamed stream with magnificant moss covered rocks. We should plan on bringing lunch with us so we can eat at Sol Duc Falls. After lunch more ambitious hikers can continue up the Canyon Creek Trail. Others may want to head back home or take some down time. This will likely be the last part of the trip for those needing to go back to work on Monday.
Sunset at Second Beach. If you're staying over Sunday night, please join us for a trip out to photograph the sunset at Second Beach. We'll meet at Gordy's Pizza & Pasta at 3:00 p.m. for a bite to eat before heading out to the coast. Second Beach near LaPush, a Quileute Indian village is on the extreme west coast of the Peninsula. The Second Beach Trail goes 0.6 miles to a sandy beach with tidepools and views of sea stacks called Quileute Needles. This is an excellent sunset destination and a dramatic area to photograph waves. We'll return to Port Angeles later in the evening.
Places to Stay
For hotel accomodations we suggest the Best Western Olympic Lodge., 140 Del Guzzi Dr - Port Angeles, WA 98362. They have great rates and are close to many of the activities. David will be staying here.
Another option in Port Angeles is the Port Angeles Inn.
You might also consider the Red Lion Hotel - Port Angeles.
Campers may want to book into the Heart O' the Hills campgrounds, where we'll be meeting for sunrise shoots.
Here's a comprehensive list of RV Parks & Campgrounds.
Directions to Port Angeles
Here are some Driving Directions to Port Angeles.
Pete Jacks has provided some great custom maps of the area with our destinations marked:
The official ONP site: Olympic National Park
The National Park Service site: Olympic National Park (National Park Service)
Olympic Game Farm www.olygamefarm.com.
Lavender Farms in the Sequim area www.lavenderfarms.com.
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge www.dungeness.com
Need more info?
Send PNWNP Regional Coordinator an email if you have any questions or want more information.