Spring on Hood Canal

Hood Canal in Spring, when “Nature resumes her loveliness”.  Spring flowers, Migrating Birds, Easter Baskets, Waterfall Hikes. And, the return of daytime low tides for gathering fresh clams and oysters!

Hood Canal Happy ClamShellfish
Low tides are on the first, third and fifth weekends in April this year. Buy your shellfish license, check out the Public Beaches, collect your bounty, and enjoy the famous Hood Canal oysters and clams. Experience the Hama Hama Oyster Rama, or have your own Clam-a-Rama with Our favorite Steamed Clam Recipe.

Birds
The North Olympic Peninsula Birdfest is April 7 – Bald Eagle9 in Sequim. Closer to home there are plenty of  exceptional viewpoints to experience the spring migration including the Dosewallips and Duckabush river estuaries, and Tarboo Bay.

Elk
The local herd of Roosevelt Elk, honor us with their presence year round, but in spring you often find them grazing in the grass at Dosewallips State Park, or even roaming through downtown Brinnon.

Easter
Its a treat to put together your Easter basket, Hood Canal style: Hunting for clams on the beach (who needs Easter eggs?), Wildflowers from the Olympic National Forest, or Flowers from Whitney Gardens. Whitney boasts the most magnificent display of our state flower, the Pacific Rhododendron. Best viewed in April and May.

Murhut FallsHiking
Waterfalls are at their best in early spring with the snow melting and spring runoff. Bring your camera and check out these local classic waterfall hikes: Rocky Brook Falls, Falls View, and Murhut Falls

Cheers!
Finish off the perfect Hood Canal April with a toast at one of our many wineries during the Olympic Peninsula Wine, Cider and Cheese Tour, April 29-30.

Now, get ready for the main course: Shrimpfest! Coming in May…

Winter Special!

Winter at Hood CanalWinter at Hood Canal can mean curling up on the couch with a good book, watching winter storms stir up whitecaps on the canal, or take a hike. There are plenty of hikes to choose from, rain or shine. Here is a great resource:  http://bit.ly/wtaHoodCanal Be sure to check weather before you go:  http://bit.ly/hoodcanalweather

You may even catch sight of our local elk herd, plentiful deer and soaring eagles.
Its the time of year to avoid the crowds and feel more connected to nature.
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Crab Cake Recipe

Hood Canal Crab Season was extended through February 28th and the scuttlebutt says crabbing has been very good. Many of us are getting our limits, which means more crab than we can possibly eat in a couple sittings. No one wants fresh crab to go to waste so we give extra to friends. What a great way to make new friends!
But if there are still leftovers, unfortunately, crab doesn’t freeze well. It gets watery. The solution… Crab Cakes!
Crab Cakes
They do freeze well.
Everyone has a favorite Crab Cake recipe. This recipe was handed down in a recipe book from the St Mary Star of the Sea Church in Port Townsend and has been perfected over the years. Enjoy! (click on the image to enlarge it)

Slam Dunk Hood Canal Crabbing

Plentiful Dungeness crab led the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to extend the recreational crabbing season to Feb. 28 in Hood Canal.  Yay, two more months of crabbing on Hood Canal! You say you’d like to try it?

Here’s my favorite instructional video on how to catch crab. You can actually watch them duke it out over your bait:

Classic Hikes of Hood Canal

Hood Canal borders the eastern slopes of the Olympic Mountains with hikes which offer incredible views on a clear sunny day. And, on cloudy days, there are trails that offer equally picturesque views of rushing rivers, crystal lakes and tumbling waterfalls. Below is a sample of the most popular hikes near Hood Canal, come rain or shine. For more information on directions and other visitor information visit EmeraldTowns.com. Trail information including Hiking Guides and Trip Reports are at WTA.org

Hiking Hood Canal