Weekend Road trip around Olympic NP

My friend Nick and I did a road trip around Olympic NP and checked out places I had on my bucket list! Here’s some idea’s and tips for your next road trip.

We left Saturday morning around 9:30 for our first destination.

The famous Vance Creek Bridge

This is the second tallest bridge in Washington State. Spanning 422 feet across and towering 347 feet above the creek below. Walking along this bridge is exhilarating, scary and dangerous.

There are 2 approaches to this bridge. One is right off NF-23 and the other, also longer, is off NF-2341/2199 but requires you to trespass on private property owned by the logging company. We chose the first approach that allowed us to legally hike as far as the bridge but we must stay off. To make sure no one tries climb up  they put barb wire all around the edge and started to disassemble the bridge and tracks, making the climb more difficult but also more dangerous.

After finishing with the bridge, we then, visited different beaches in Olympic National Park, located on the coast.

The Tree of Life

There is an extraordinary tree hanging on for dear life, although, it should have been dead years ago! The tree of life is miraculous! It is located at Kalaloch Beach, near the Kalaloch Campground.


Ruby Beach

I have seen so many amazing pictures from this beach that I’ve been spoiled. It’s very beautiful but in my opinion it’s better to go for a sunset.

There are 2 campgrounds near Kalaloch and Ruby Beach. Kalaloch Campground is open year-round (make sure to reserve a site, especially during the summer) and  South Beach is open from Memorial Day to Late September.

After Ruby Beach we drove to Third beach where we wanted to backpack and camp. For some reason, we decided to go to Second Beach instead. 1.4 mile roundtrip.

Second Beach

Well, our plan for the night changed but it was totally worth it. I saw the most beautiful sunset. The colors of the sky, the clouds, the rock’s shapes and the reflection took my breath away! If you don’t want or can’t camp on the beach, take a flashlight and hike back at night. This is my NUMBER 1 place from this trip so far. It was so amazing to admire the sky full of stars while eating around the fire.

In the morning, we had a cloudy and grey sunrise but it was still pretty anyway. Also, the temperatures are still chilly in April. So, I didn’t sleep well because it was pretty cold and I woke up every couple hours. But it was fun anyway and a nice first experience sleeping on the beach.

We went back to Third Beach around 8:30am. We walked on the beach as far as the waterfall on the left of the beach. It was nice and relaxing but I’m very glad we changed our plan the day before and went to Second Beach instead.

Third Beach



First Beach / La Push

The beach that everyone heard about from the famous movie Twilight. I guess we had to stop and check it out 😎


Rialto Beach

It was the last place we stopped before we headed home. We had time to do more but we were so exhausted from all the driving and the night we had. We were there for about an hour and 30 min. We walked as far as some rocks on the left and had fun walking and climbing around.


Tips:

☡ It’s bear area. Be very cautious and be sure to bring bear spray even if most people don’t. If you camp you will have to bring a bear canister to keep food in. Only bear canisters are authorized and can be rented at any ranger’s station. Hanging your food is not authorized because of the raccoons.

☡ Check the tides on the Olympic National Park’s website. Especially if you go to explore the beach and the tidepools. The best is during low tides and watch for the returning tide to avoid getting trapped by a rising tide.

☡ Wear insect repellent during warm weather.

🏡 Hotel: If you don’t camp, you can use Airbnb and get $40 off for $75 spent on your first stay. Click Here

What else to see?

Well, I already did some of them or just passed for this time but here’s some ideas:

  • Shi Shi Beach
  • Ozette Triangle
  • Cape Flattery
  • Lake Crescent
  • Port Angeles
  • Forks (if you are a fan of twilight 😉)

 

 

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Joshua Tree

It’s Winter ❄

But snow is not everywhere!

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I went to Joshua Tree during my Christmas trip in December, located in Southern California. After 4 days in the snow and very low temperatures at Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, I’m glad to be warm again 🌞 Especially because I got really sick with strep throat and an ear infection. I spent only a few hours there because of that but I really liked it.

 Joshua Tree is a paradise for climbers and bouldering enthusiasts ❤

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I wish I could’ve stayed longer and spent at least one night there. I would enjoy this beautiful sky full of stars like I heard about, make some climbers friends and climb all day. Joshua Tree offers many visitors the chance to admire the Milky Way for the first time in their lives.

I only had time and courage to do some nature trails. I really liked Arch Rock. It’s a natural arch. You can find it at White Tank Campground (amazing place for camping), it’s an .5 mile loop.

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Cholla Cactus Garden located 20 miles North of Cotonwood Visitor Center. Very short .25 mile loop with a very dense concentration of Cholla Cactus.

Keys View has a view of San Andreas Fault, Mt. San Jacinco, Mt. San Gorgonio, and the Salton Sea. It’s a .25 mile loop. At the Grocery store, the cashier told me to go at night cause we can see all the cities lights from there. Unfortunately, I was too sick to go back and check out. But please go ahead!

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Skull Rock was awesome for some bouldering. I had so much fun climbling around. I tried to forget how my throat was hurting me so bad for like 30min and enjoy this amazing desert and Joshua Trees. 1.5 miles loop.

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Bamboo Sunglasses

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I have discovered Tree Tribe on Instagram. They make natural bamboo sunglasses  (that float!)  and each pair purchased they plant 10 trees in less fortunate communities that flourish off the resources the trees add.

I just tried them and I fell in love. I love the simple design, they are light and provide full protection UVA/UVB rays.  You have different lens colors and different models. Pick out the ones you like 😎

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