Sequim is a lovely town located in Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. Sequim is beautiful, serene, and unique. It lies at the foot of the Olympic Mountain range, enjoying a rainshadow that leaves the valley with blue skies much of the time. It also borders the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which separates the Pacific Ocean from Puget Sound.
Because of Sequim's unique location, you'll find people participating in a wide variety of activities! Here are just a few local attractions near Kinder Farm:
- Sunny Farms, a fresh local grocery, is very close.
- The Olympic Trails for walking and biking start right up the road.
- Kinder Farm is at the base of the Olympic Mountains, including Hurricane Ridge park and ski area.
- Dungeness Wildlife State Park
- Olympic Game Farm, a unique wildlife experience
- Saltwater beaches such as Cline Spit
- Victoria, BC ferry (15 miles away)
- Lake Cresent and Sol Duc Hot Springs (day trip distance)
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Day 1 Hurricane Ridge
The must see jewel of the Olympic National Park.
Hurricane Ridge is an easy 17 mile drive taking you up to 5,200 feet
elevation. The spectacular mountains are beauty beyond words. The day
lodge and many trails offer breath taking views of the glacier-clad peaks of the
Olympic Mountains, panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the
Numerous trails range from easy to very difficult, making it possible for
all people to enjoy the area's beauty.
One can take a picnic lunch and spend the day at Hurricane Ridge and
cap off the day by watching an awesome sunset.
Day 2 Lake Crescent & Sol Duc Area
Lake Crescent is a crystal clear 12-mile long lake located 17 miles west of
Port Angeles on Highway 101. The glacier-carved lake offers swimming,
boating and fishing. There are numerous places to get away from it all and to
soak in the awesomeness of nature. Marymere Falls is a mostly level one
mile hike from Storm King Ranger Station. This walk takes you thru the forest
of moss covered trees and large ferns. The Pyramid Mt. Trail reached from the
North Shore Road offers an excellent view of Lake Crescent, Mt. Storm King and
the blue-green slopes of Aurora Ridge. One can also hike along the north
side of the lake on the Spruce Railroad Trail (named after the railroad that was
there during WWI). The rail was used to haul out spruce to make airplanes for
use in the war.
There are numerous places around the lake to stop and enjoy a picnic
lunch. Dining is available at Lake Crescent Lodge and Log Cabin Resort.
Driving west on Highway 101 takes you to the Sol Duc Valley road
just west of Lake Crescent. The approximantly 12 mile drive winds thru the
valley. Two areas of interest along the way are the Salmon Cascades and
Ancient Forest Trail. The Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort offers dining, a small
store & gift shop and three mineral pools and a fresh H2O Pool. Soaking in
the hot mineral pools is a great way to relax those sore muscles after hiking all
The spectacular Sol Duc Falls are a must see!! The trail head is
located a short drive past the resort and camp grounds. Several trails take off
from the Sol Duc Falls Trail taking you up into the Seven Lakes Basin.
Day 3 Downtown Sequim
Take a day out for shopping around town. There are many gift shops within easy walking distance from the center of town (where Sequim Avenue and Washington Street cross). Several murals depict some of Sequim's history and its early settlers or give you an idea of the flora and fauna around us. Visit the Open Aire Market on Saturdays where local growers sell fresh produce and artisans sell their handcrafted items. Drive from mid-town a few blocks east or west and you'll find more shops. There are a variety of restaurants, ethnic and American, all through town. From the east end to the west end you can eat your way through breakfast, lunch, dinner and lots of snacks.
MORE WALKS OR HIKES - Walk off those great meals with a hike. There are several opportunities to do so, the Dungeness Spit being one of them. From the parking area to the lighthouse at the end of the Spit is a good 5.5 miles (one way) of beach walking. Take a picnic lunch with you and enjoy it sitting on a driftwood log or go all the way to the lighthouse where there are picnic tables for your use. The volunteers from the Lighthouse Society take turns staying there a week at a time and will be happy to show you around. Even if you walk out only part way on the Spit, you will surely enjoy the waves, the driftwood and the seabirds. After your hike back to the car, you just might want to sit in the whirlpool at Sequim's Aquatic Recreation Center (SARC) to soothe those tired muscles.
If you are a Volksports enthusiast, you can find maps for three year-round Sequim walks at the Econolodge.
Two other enjoyable walks:
1. Railroad Bridge Park at the end of Hendrickson Rd. is a decked railroad trestle which spans the Dungeness River and provides public access to the river as well as a lovely spot for a picnic. (2.5 miles west of city center).
2. Marlyn Nelson Park is a county park at the end of Port Williams Rd. View great sand cliffs with many species of sea birds. Public boat launch.
Olympic National Park
Park fee: A pass is required to enter the Olympic National Park. The fee is $10.00 per
car load and is good for 7 days. It can be attained at any of the Park entrances. No pass is
required during the winter months for the Elwha Valley or the Sol Duc Valley. Phone # for
Olympic National Park Visitors Center in Port Angeles is 360-452-2713.
Activities that take less then a full day.
1. Salt creek County Park located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca west of Port Angeles offers
fascinating tidal pools, (ask your hosts regarding tide tables).
2. The Dungeness Spit and Wildlife Refuge offers great beach hiking and wildlife.
3. The Olympic Game Farm in Sequim is great for children of all ages.
4. Ediz Hook in Port Angeles provides great views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains.
Ediz Hook is part of the 5.5 miles of Waterfront Trail; perfect for jogging, walking, biking, or
5. The Elwha Valley west of Port Angeles is a beautiful drive along the rushing Elwha River.
Madison Falls is an easy hike. Further up the valley beyond Lake Mills is the trail head to the
Olympic Hot Springs.
6. Port Townsend, known as "Washington's Victorian Seaport" is located 49 miles east of
The Tudor Inn. Victorian homes and commercial buildings erected during the
late 1800s are still the city's trademark, along with Fort Worden State Park.
Day 4 The Sequim-Dungeness Valley
The Sequim-Dungeness Valley has a variety of farms to visit or tour: the Olympic Game Farm, Purple Haze Lavender Farm, the Cedarfield Ostrich Farm, Graysmarsh Berry Farm, and Cedarbrook Herb Farm are but a few.
The Olympic Game Farm offers a year-round driving tour and summer walking tour which allow you to get face to face with, and even feed many wild animals. Zebras, yaks, bears, llamas, elk, wolves, cougars, and even a herd of buffalo will surely make you smile. Children of all ages enjoy this close-up look at the animals. Driving time is 15 minutes from Sequim city center.
Purple Haze Lavender Farm is open all year but between June and September you can pick your own bunch of lavender. Lavender gifts are made on the premises. Driving time is 5 minutes from the Sequim Visitor Center.
The Cedarfield Ostrich Farm gives your kids the opportunity to see what Big Bird really looks like. Tours by appointment May through September. Driving time is 15 minutes from the Sequim city center. Call (360) 683-1837.
Graysmarsh Berry Farm has strawberries in early summer and raspberries (no thorns) in late summer, available for U-pick (June through August). Take the kids and just pick enough to have as dessert in the evening, or gallons to make your favorite jams and jellies. A famous American chef once said the best berries in the US are grown on the Olympic Peninsula. Pick some yourself and you'll know why we think this is true. Driving time is 10 minutes from Sequim city center.
The Cedarbrook Herb Farm offers herbs and flowers for planting, everlastings (dried flowers), lavender products and Elephant Garlic among other interesting garden products. Open every day (closed January). Driving time is 5 minutes from Sequim city center.
There are several flower farms where you can pick your own bouquet in season such as the Cutting Garden. The Garden and Farms page of this site or the Farm Guide at the Visitor Center can give you more information on these and other farms.