My family (husband, teenager son, and I) took our trip to the Olympic peninsula/ONP in late June. Kaleberg and glaciermeadows told me on this forum that June would be too early, but we threw caution to the wind and plowed on with our plans. Well, I guess Washington had a bit of an early summer this year because the weather was WONDERFUL, there were only a couple of places we had thought about going that we couldn't get to because of the snow. We absolutely loved the whole experience and are already planning to come back some day. In July. :)
We stayed in vacation rental homes in a couple of locations on the peninsula. One was overlooking Lake Sutherland, not too far from Port Angeles. The other was down around Brinnon, on the Hood Canal. I like to have at least a cabin/cottage to stay in with a kitchen, so we are not totally dependent on restaurants for meals. Usually we would have breakfast at home, pack a lunch for the trail or whatever outdoor activity was planned for the day, and have dinner out. I also like to rent homes in case inclement weather or an unexpected illness keeps us from getting out for a day or two. Both of the homes we rented on this trip were great places, with nicely appointed kitchens, great locations, and comfortable beds.
The people of Port Angeles. Everyone we encountered during our stay in that area was very friendly and helpful.
The hike up to Hurricane Ridge. Marmots, marmots, everywhere. And a very inquisitive gray jay kept us company on the trail.
Rialto beach and Hole in the Wall. I did lose a shoe when I took them off to cross Ellen creek where the creek meets the ocean. I dropped it and the current washed it out of my reach before I could recover it. I don't know why I didn't tie the shoes together and carry them around my neck like I usually do when crossing a stream while hiking.
The Humes Ranch loop trail and the Elwha river. Just beautiful.
The hikes up to the summit of Mt. Townsend and Marmot Pass. Whew! Tough, but so worth it. The weather was great, the snow was negligible - just bits to slog through in places.
Day trip to Port Townsend - shopping downtown and the Farmer's Market! I bought some delicious bread at the Farmers Market.
Not so great:
Dining options in Forks. The meal we had at the coffee shop was not bad, but the whole atmosphere was depressing.
Dining options in Brinnon. We only ate one meal out while we were in this area, at the Halfway House. We didn't like it and we were not inspired to try eating out anywhere else in the neighborhood. We had a very well equipped kitchen at the house we rented, so that wasn't a big problem.
We also traveled to Mt. Rainier National Park on this trip, but ONP was our favorite and we wish we had spent more time there. So many things to do, and so little time!