My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to the Olympic Peninsula for early June. We know it will still be rainy and probably snowy in higher elevations, and that is okay by us as we are both former East Coasters now living in parched Colorado and we miss the rain. :)
Our flight gets into Seattle around 1 pm and our plan is to pick up the rental car and immediately head for the wilds. We are definitely interested in hiking, kayaking, possibly biking, and I really want to see some tide pools! We will be spending our last night in Olympia because we are interested in possibly moving there and want to check out the city. That said, we have 3 more nights/days to fill. We were planning on staying in PA for proximity to the aforementioned activities; we are already planning a trip with Adventures Through Kayaking (still deciding whether to do the kayaking/biking combo, or just kayaking) and we are very definitely interested in checking out the Hoh Rainforest, which I know is a bit of a drive. Second Beach sounds amazing, and Salt Creek was also on my list. Hurricane Ridge looks nice, but we have many mountains and alpine/sub-alpine areas in CO and are more interested in beaches and forests, which we are sorely lacking.
What are your recommendations for the best use of our time? We will have 2 full days, a late afternoon/evening, and a full morning to explore before we head on to Olympia. I would rather do several short hikes that offer a lot of bang for the buck than any true day hikes. We are accustomed to rough terrain and altitude, though I'd rather not kill myself because hey, it'll be my birthday! Long drives are okay by us - we like to wake up early and pack it in. Thanks so much in advance!