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Skokomish Park Lake Cushman


Feel the Olympic Spirit When You Visit
Washington's Skokomish Park

Olympic National Park---The park, encompassing almost a million acres, was created in 1938 to protect the Roosevelt elk, primeval forest and wild coast. Its varied terrain makes it seem to be three parks in one: the wilderness coast, ancient forests and snowy mountains. Six hundred miles of trails allow visitors to explore the wilderness. For campers at Skokomish Park at Lake Cushman, Staircase in the southeastern corner is a popular spot. A variety of hiking trails navigate through the Staircase area along the Skokomish River and the nearby forests. There are several short day-hikes that explore the area. Shady Lane trail is flat, and less than a mile to Lake Cushman. The hike to Flapjack Lakes is for the stronger hikers, gaining over 3,000 feet in elevation. Longer hikes, like the North Fork Skokomish River trail, can be done in a couple of days.

Olympic National Forest----Surrounding Olympic National Park on mid-elevations is the national forest, offering a diverse landscape of lush ancient rain forests, deep canyons, high mountain ridges and ocean beaches. The 633,000-acre forest on the Olympic Peninsula showcases waterfalls and wilderness. Hiking to the top of Mt. Rose and Mt. Ellinor results in spectacular views. Fifteen miles from Skokomish Park at Lake Cushman is the High Steel Bridge, built as part of a logging railroad. Perched high above the South Fork of the Skokomish River, the view from the bridge is a striking sight as icy water rushes underneath.

Lucky Dog Casino---See if luck is on your side while playing one of the 250 dlot machine games. Take a break from the action to dine at the NorthFork Grill. Sign up for a Club Lucky card to earn special rewards. To pick up snacks, beverages and other items, shop the Twin Totems Grocery and Deli, just north of the casino. And for delightful accommodations on the waterfront, check into The Waterfront at Potlatch.

Hood Canal--If you like your seafood fresh, there's no better place than this saltwater fjord. Hit the beach to dig for luscious oysters, clams and mussels. Hauling in succulent shrimp is a tradition going back generations. The clear water, framed by forest and mountain peaks, is perfectly designed for salmon fishing, boating and water skiing. Trails reveal the wonderful world of bald eagles, heron and kingfisher. The warm water of Twanoh State Park attracts swimmers and oyster lovers who turn their finds into tasty cookouts. In the fall, watch for salmon heading home. Scuba divers can plunge into the depths for a unique opportunity to view giant Pacific octopus, wolf eels and other creatures. In the town of Hoodsport, on the western shores of the canal, shops, boutiques and restaurants complete the vacation experience.


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