|Lake Crescent - Hurricane Ridge Day Tour
The Olympic Peninsula is renowned for its scenic beauty. From the snow capped peaks to the
deep forests and shimmering blue lakes, there are few places that rival the raw, undisturbed
splendor of this land. We explore some of the finest examples of this marvelous ecosystem on this
day tour to Lake Crescent, Marymere Falls, and Hurricane Ridge. Your guide, Willie Nelson, a
naturalist who has spent many years tromping the forests and ridges of Washington, shares his
knowledge and love of this land.
We will start our journey from Port Angeles, traveling first to Lake Crescent, a deep and blue lake
carved out by glaciers 15,000 years ago. From the visitors center we will take an easy walk through
a tall and verdant forest to Marymere Falls, a lovely cascade steeped in moss and ferns. Along the
way we will learn about the complexities of the old growth forest and its inhabitants. From there we
will go back through town and up to the Heart O’ the Hills and wend our way up to the spectacular
view from Hurricane Ridge, easily one of the most famous vistas in Washington. By the time we
reach the top we will have gone from sea level to sub-alpine forest. From this vantage point,
looking across the valley of the Elwha, far below, one can gaze upon the many snow-capped peaks
of the Olympics, cloaked in glaciers.
Join us for this adventure that will leave a lasting impression, the highlight of your visit to the
8:30 am Depart from Port Angeles waterfront at Coho Ferry dock. (You may be picked up at
your hotel earlier by prior arrangement.)
9:30 am Arrive Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls trailhead.
9:45 am Depart on forest walk to falls.
11:30 am Arrive back at visitors center for picnic lunch (included).
12:15 pm Depart for Hurricane Ridge. We will make a short stop, if necessary, at the Coho
Ferry dock to pick up additional Hurricane Ridge passengers. On our way up we’ll
take advantage of one of the pullouts to look out across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
2:00 pm Arrive at Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center. After an orientation talk, we will depart
on a nature walk, strolling through meadows of wildflowers and patches of sub-alpine
fir and mountain hemlock. After the walk you will have time to check out the gift shop
or just kick back and enjoy the spectacular views.
4:00 pm Depart from the visitors center.
4:45 pm Arrive at Coho Ferry dock.
The price for this full-day excursion is $89 per person, including lunch. A half day Hurricane Ridge
only tour is available for $49 per person. Water is provided. We accept VISA, MC, checks, or cash.
Please make reservations by calling us at (360) 565-1139 or (360) 460-7131.
Weather conditions are unpredictable. It is advisable to wear sturdy shoes and layered clothing,
and to bring a water-repellent over-garment. Obviously, the peaks of the Olympics can be
shrouded in clouds, so there are no guarantees of views and no refunds for inclement weather.
Hoh Rain Forest and Rialto Beach Tour
On the west slopes of the Olympic Mountains lies an enchanted land of tall conifers, giant big leaf
maples, and a vast variety of shrubs and flowers, all bathed by heavy mists and outright rain from
weather systems eastbound from the Pacific Ocean. Yet in the summer months of July and August
and into September, little moisture is available for this dense forest. This is a temperate rain forest.
Unlike its counterparts in the tropics, where it rains every day like clockwork, the temperate rain
forest receives the bulk of its moisture in the winter months, with constant rain and thick mists –up
to 140 or more inches a year.
These conditions are ideal for Douglas fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce. Within a fairly narrow
band that is the rain forest, the largest recorded of these and other species exist. Their size is
often exaggerated by heavy club mosses hanging in festoons from branches high above the forest
This, the true “forest primeval,” is home to the majestic Olympic elk, blacktail deer, black bear, and
cougar. Scurrying through the underbrush are deer mice and voles, while Douglas squirrels scold
from the branches of trees above. Bald eagles glide over the ever-changing river plain, looking for
the carcasses of salmon that have spawned. The “squawk squawk” of ravens breaks the silence
from time to time.
All this lushness and life and mystery is protected by the Olympic National Park. With little access
by humans, life continues in the cycles set forth thousands of years ago, after receding glaciers lay
bare the landscape.
If you have come to experience the isolated and dramatic Olympic Mountains, your visit will be
incomplete without a visit to this remarkable and rare forest. All Points Charters & Tours offers a
wonderful opportunity to not only witness but to learn many of the secrets of the forest with the
guidance of Willie Nelson, naturalist and guide.
Join us on this one-day tour that explores the forest from the Olympic National Park Hoh Rain
Forest Visitors Center. Then take a side trip to Rialto beach, where the Pacific storms that feed the
forest first meet the rising land.
8:30 am Depart Port Angeles from Coho Ferry Dock. (You may be picked up at your hotel earlier
by prior arrangement.)
9:45 am Arrive Forks, rest stop.
11:00 am Arrive Hoh Ranger Station and Visitor Center. After a short visit at the Visitor Center,
we depart on our walk through the deep forest on the “Hall of Mosses” trail. Your
guide will tell the story of how this incredible forest functions and will identify many of
the abundant flora and fauna encountered along the way. With the exception of a
short steep pitch at the beginning, this is an easy walk with a number of stops along the
12:15 pm Return to Visitor Center for a picnic lunch (included).
1:30 pm Depart Visitor Center for Rialto beach.
3:00 pm Arrive Rialto Beach. Rialto Beach is just north of the mouth of the Sol Duc River and
Quilleute Indian Reservation. You will have time to do some beach combing or to rest
on a beached log and contemplate the Universe.
3:45 pm Depart Rialto Beach.
5:00 pm Arrive Port Angeles. A slight adjustment to this schedule will be made to accommodate
folks needing to catch the 5:15 Coho Ferry back to Victoria. We cannot return in time
to catch the 4:00 foot ferry to Victoria.
This one-day, exclusive tour into the western Olympic wilderness is $89 per person, including
lunch. While the above itinerary is usually kept, one must be prepared for slight variances brought
about by unexpected events, such as a herd of elk crossing the road and posing for pictures.
It is advisable to wear sturdy shoes and to bring a moisture-repellent garment, just in case. After
all, it is a “rain forest.” We accept VISA, MC, checks, or cash. Please make reservations by calling
(360) 565-1139 or (360) 460-7131.
Makah Tribal Culture and Cape Flattery Tour
The coasts of Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia have long been home to a number of
tribes. Rich bounty from the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and inland
waterways gave the natives a high level of nutrition, ample clothing, and substantial dwellings.
Their livelihood depended on the seas that provided whales, sea lions, seals, and salmon. From
the forests of huge trees they took material for homes, large multifamily “longhouses.” Seaworthy
canoes were hollowed from large cedar logs and carved with intricate designs. The beaches
yielded an unending supply of clams, oysters, and muscles, used for both food and implements.
Because of this bounty, survival was relatively easy, allowing for time to create and celebrate.
Highly developed native arts are exemplified by huge totem poles that stood protective over
villages. Every tool and implement was decorated in some way with unique, stylized images of the
creatures the natives kept company with.
Located at the very northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula, the Makahs held a powerful position
among the tribes. No one passed by the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca without their
knowing. Whales sought shelter in the lee of Tatoosh Island, making them easy prey. A well-
developed village grew along the shore at Cape Alava. Strung along the base of a clay cliff, the
elaborate and well-constructed cedar-slab house seemed indestructible. But one day the cliff
collapsed, burying the whole village in an instant, encapsulating in a heartbeat and preserving an
entire culture. In the 1970s, an archaeological dig by Washington State University uncovered the
village and revealed for the first time the complex culture of the Makahs.
On this one-day excursion to the furthest tip of the continental United States, we visit the Makah
Cultural Center and Museum, where many of the artifacts are displayed in ways that tell the story of
the 4,000-year-old lifestyle of these hardy people. Along the way we will visit a hatchery to learn
about the salmon, so important to the Makahs' daily diet. We will also go out to Cape Flattery and
stand above the rugged coast that marks the northwestern-most tip of the peninsula. From here we
can see the lonely Tatoosh lighthouse on Tatoosh Island continuing to mark the entrance to the
Strait of Juan de Fuca, warning of the dangers to seamen of these desolate, rocky shores.
Come join us on this adventure that explores the complex culture of the Makah Nation and Cape
Flattery. Our tour begins from your hotel.
8:00 am Approximate time of pickup at your hotel. You will be notified the day before of the
expected time, depending on the number of people going and their locations.
8:30 am Depart Port Angeles.
10:00 am Arrive at Sol Duc Salmon Hatchery, operated by the Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife. Here we will learn about how salmon and their habitat are managed
10:45 am Depart.
11:45 am Arrive at Makah Cultural Center and Museum. We will explore this marvelous museum
with displays of native art, implements, clothing, canoes, and ceremonial masks. One
cannot fully describe this museum and come away satisfied that one has imparted its
12:45 pm Depart for lunch at the local restaurant (included).
2:00 pm Depart for Cape Flattery.
2:20 pm Arrive Cape Flattery parking lot and start short hike down to scenic lookout.
3:30 pm Return to parking lot and depart for Port Angeles.
6:00 pm Arrive in Port Angeles. Our arrival time is approximate due to several potential
distractions along the way, such as tide pools if the tide is right and a short stop
at the historic Joyce General Store.
Your day-trip to the Makah Nation will remain as one of the most memorable of your visit to the
Olympic Peninsula. The tour includes transportation to and from your hotel, lunch, entrance fees,
and guides. Water is also provided on the bus. The price is $95 per person. Make your reservation
through your hotel or contact us at (360) 582-3736 or (360) 460-7131.
This tour involves some out door activity. Be prepared by wearing casual clothes, sturdy walking
shoes, and rain-repellent outerwear if the weather calls for it.
Olympic Wineries Tour
The Olympic Peninsula is blessed with seven great wineries. We visit all of them on a fun-filled day
that takes us from Port Angeles to Port Townsend and back. Sit back and enjoy the scenery
between stops and don't worry about your driving ability! We have lunch in colorful and historic
Port Townsend. This is a Saturday-only tour and costs just $95 per person, including
lunch. Please make reservations by calling (360) 565-1139 or (360) 460-7131.
Washington Winery Tours
Washington State wines are rapidly becoming famous around the world for their high quality. It all
started in the Yakima Valley, and has spread across the state. We have partnered with the Hotel
Vintage Park to bring you day tours from Seattle to the Yakima Valley, Leavenworth, Woodinville,
and Olympic Peninsula wineries. Join us for a free-wheeling day of fun as we travel through drop-
dead gorgeous scenery on our way to some very fine wines. These tours are full-day (except for
Woodinville) and are $95 per person, including a great lunch, Please make reservations by calling
(360) 565-1139 or (360) 460-7131.