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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-04-2002, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Since I have done much of this coastline and plan to hike whole thing here's what I can tell you about it.

If you time the tides right, you can hike almost the whole coastline without entering forest. When there are high tides, sometimes you'll have to wait them out. Most of the trails which leave the beaches are small detours around headlands, usually at high tide. It typically takes a week to hike the whole coastline.

Most of the time you camp in the forest on a benchline just above the beach, some campsites are designated and other times you camp where you like. You must get a permit from the National Park headquarters in Port Angeles or at a ranger station. They will also insist that you take a racoon proof container. You can rent a Bear Cache from the park with a $10 US deposit. (the racoons are a pain in the butt!) Peak season is Jun to Sep, it's sometimes a highway...I didn't find it that bad last July. I have even seen thu hikers in Jan and Feb.

There are areas in the summer, where access to fresh water is a problem.

It takes about 6 hours drive from here to get there.

questions????

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Sounds like something I'd definitely be interested in.

One note... when I last visited the States, I was almost refused entry because I didn't have a passport or my birth certificate handy. The customs agent warned me that things are only going to get tougher, so be prepared with proper ID if you're heading down across the line.
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Speaking of which - do they give much hassle at the border with packs and other gear? Is there anything you shouldn't bring across? I haven't really taken my full pack across so I'm curious.





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half of my backpacking trips are to the USA. Never ever been hassled with or without packs. The Driver's License and Birth Certificate work well.

Do I feel a group hike in the works?

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It is starting to look that way! <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>





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