Seeing the Olympic Peninsula With Dogs
Washington State’s northwest corner is surrounded by water on three sides, and nearly one million acres of its forests, coasts, and islands are federally protected. It’s an amazing place to visit with your dog.
It’s a study in opposites. The silence of the moss-covered woodlands contrasts sharply with the roaring wind and surf of the beaches. Each has their own beauty, and words do nothing to enhance it.
Though much of the peninsula is pet friendly, Ruby Beach and the trails in the Hoh Rain Forest do not allow dogs. That is not unexpected – we see it a lot in the national parks. Though we’ve never seen a statement like this, which was posted on a sign at the visitor’s center: “Dogs are natural enemies to all creatures of the forest. For the protection of your pet, as well as yourself and other hikers, pets are not allowed on the trails.” That seems a little harsh.
Bordering Olympic National Park is Olympic National Forest – where leashed pets are welcome on the trails. If you’re traveling with your dog, head over there for some amazing hiking.