Pacific Northwest Nature Photographers Outing
Olympic National Park, Saturday & Sunday, September 6th & 7th, 2014
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.
At this time of year, sunrise is at 6:30 a.m. Sunset is at 7:45 p.m. We'll also have a nearly full moon.
Friday Night Itinerary
Early Dinner at Gordy's Pizza. For those arriving Friday and who want to get together, we'll meet at Gordy's Pizza & Pasta at 4:30 p.m. for pizza & beer. Gordy's is located in Port Angeles at 1123 E. 1st Street.
Sunset at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and Beach. We'll leave from the Gordy's Pizza at 5:30 p.m. to head to Sequim and Dungeness NWR and Lighthouse where we'll shoot sunset from Dungeness Beach.
Breakfast in Port Angeles. Once back in town, we'll head to Smuggler's Landing for a hearty meal.
Elwha Valley. After breakfast we'll take a short drive up to Elwha Valley. Elwha Valley is a great place to explore more intimate scenics, waterfalls, forests, and wildlife.
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 Ediz Hook Spit. We'll leave from the Bushwacker Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. and take a very short drive to Ediz Hook Spit in Port Angeles where we'll shoot sunset from spit. We'll have opportunities to shoot the strait and views of the city as the sun goes down.
Sol Duc Forest and Falls. The highlight of our trip will be Sol Duc. We'll meet at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, at 8:00 a.m. 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 magnificent 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 tide-pools 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 accommodations we suggest the Olympic Lodge, 140 Del Guzzi Dr - Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Another option in Port Angeles is the Port Angeles Inn.
Here's a link to other Lodging in Port Angeles.
Campers may want to book into the Campgrounds List for a variety of camping accommodations. We recommend Heart 'o The Hills Campground because of its location.
Here's a comprehensive list of RV Parks.
Directions to Port Angeles
Here are some Driving Directions from Seattle to Port Angeles.
And here are some Driving Directions from Portland to Port Angeles.
PNWNP member, Pete Jacks 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.
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge www.dungeness.com
Need more info?
Send your PNWNP Moderator an email if you have any questions or want more information.