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Striped Peak Falls

Location

Salt Creek Recreation Area (Clallam County Park – Department of Natural Resources on north side of Striped Peak). This is definitely a seasonal falls.

Travel Directions

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From Port Angeles take US Highway 101 toward Forks about 4.6 miles, then turn right on to Highway 112, (toward Joyce). Proceed 7.2 miles turning right on Camp Hayden Road. There will be a sign for Salt Creek County Park. Proceed 3.4 miles to the Park campground. Drive past the entrance and take an immediate right to the small parking lot. Look for the DNR map board at the trailhead.

Hike up the moderate and sometimes muddy trail through mixed conifer forest, while traversing the north side of Striped Peak, catching glimpses of the salt water below, for about 1 mile (25 minute walk one way). Take the unmarked trail (left turn) down to “The Cove.” The small waterfall drops about 30 feet tumbling over a mossy rock face.

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Notes

This waterfall is best viewed from November through May as the watershed above is small. Another five minute scramble to the peaceful little cove is worth the effort. Note the beautiful blocky, moss covered rocks on your way. Sturdy shoes and walking sticks are helpful as the trail has a couple of short steep pitches.

Salt Creek County Park is a delightful area to picnic or camp. Surfers are often present in the water between Crescent Beach (private campground and RV park) and Tongue Point. During World War II, Camp Hayden was a strategic gun battery to defend the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Two huge concrete bunkers and at least two smaller ones remain at the site.

Here are three videos of the falls and surrounding area:

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One Response to “Striped Peak Falls”

  1. Emily Seal says:

    This is so gorgeous it makes my mouth water. God Bless the Northwest!

    Emily