Six reasons why it’s great to be outside near Port Angeles

Port Angeles is currently one of the last four towns in the running for America’s Best Town in Outside Magazine’s fifth annual Best Town Ever contest. Here are six reasons why we know it’s a great place to be outside.

Murdock Beack is a DNR-managed beach access site near Port Angeles. Photo/ DNR.
Murdock Beack is a DNR-managed beach access site near Port Angeles. Photo/ DNR.

Murdock Beach, near Port Angeles 
Murdock Beach, located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, gives visitors a view of Vancouver Island. This is the only public beach access for 12 miles between Camp Hayden and the East Twin River.

Striped Peak Vista and Trailhead, near Port Angeles 
Striped Peak Vista and Trailhead offers a spectacular view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island. The trail takes hikers through mature Douglas-fir trees, alongside a waterfall, and to a rocky cove on the Strait.

Foothills Trailhead, near Port Angeles
The Foothills Trail system includes 6 miles of ORV trails. It is nestled below Hurricane Ridge, approximately 5 miles south of Port Angeles.

Lyre River, near Port Angeles
Located on the Olympic Peninsula, this campground is offers fishing from the nearby Lyre River.

Sadie Creek, near Port Angeles, offers off-road vehicle riding opportunities. Photo/DNR.
Sadie Creek, near Port Angeles, offers off-road vehicle riding opportunities. Photo/ DNR.

Sadie Creek, near Port Angeles
Sadie Creek Trailhead, a 30-mile trail and road system on the Olympic Peninsula. The trail climbs to about 2,500 feet, giving visitors views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver and the San Juan Islands.

Little River Trail, near Port Angeles
The Little River Trail begins just a few miles west of Port Angeles and provides access to Hurricane Ridge and the northern end of Olympic National Park. It winds through mature hemlock trees and alpine meadows.

Head to our Olympic Region recreation Web page for more information about year-round recreation opportunities on the Olympic Peninsula.

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