We'll be visiting ONP this Friday, spending the better part of 7 days. We'll be in Port Angeles the first night, Forks the next 4 nights, Lake Quinault for 2, then back to Seattle our last night for an early flight home next day.
First off, I know what most of you folks who live in the area think of Forks, but this is not a high priority consideration for us. We're staying there for the location in the park, and we have a kitchen with refrigerator & stove. 3 Rivers Resort sounds like a great place for dinner one or two nights, and we'll deal with the rest of our meals from our room. What the town looks like doesn't really matter to us.
Day 1: (7/19) Arrive Seattle, spend some time at Pike Place, head to Edmonds for the ferry & drive to PA, explore the town a bit & have dinner.
Day 2: (7/20) Drive to Hurricane Ridge & hike either Hurricane Hill or Klahane Ridge, whichever we feel up for that day. Then on to Forks. I'm leaning towards Hurricane Hill, because next day…
Day 3: (7/21) we'd like to see Sol Duc hot springs, falls, then hike to Deer Lake. This, I imagine, will be an all day outing, plus it keeps us away from the beaches on the weekend.
Days 4&5: (7/22 & 23) Here's where I'm having a dilemma. We'd like to do the Ozette-Cape Alava-Sand Point loop, but the tides are really not cooperating. Low tides on Day 4 are 7:26a & 7:08p, Day 5 at 8:10a & 8:04p. Now, I'm a photographer, and would think nothing of getting up at 3:30 one morning to catch the beach at low tide, but Mrs. Moviesign will be with me on this trip, and while she tolerates a lot of my quirks, 3am is not one of them. I see a couple of alternatives: doing the hike at the evening low tide, but that turns what should be a leisurely day, stopping for lunch, photographs & exploration into concerns about losing the light & completing the loop (even though it puts us there at sunset), or swapping this with Day 3, a Sunday, maybe more people on the beach, but low tide is 6:09pm. Or, do we drop it altogether, spend Day 4 on the Hoh River Trail and Day 5 exploring Rialto & Second beaches?
Monday is also a full moon, and I'd like to do some night photography under moonlight. I'm wondering if the headlands between First & Second Beach are accessible, giving a view of the beaches & seastacks from an elevated viewpoint.
Thanks for any help you can provide.