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.

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.

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.

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

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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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